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3 things to know about slip-and-fall accidents

Babies learning to walk fall a lot. Those little tykes usually don't suffer any lasting effects of those falls. As you get older, falls seem to become more dangerous. You can suffer from injuries that range from minor to life-threatening. Consider these three points after suffering from a fall injury.

#1: Serious injuries can occur

Many factors come into the picture when you suffer from an injury caused by a fall. The surface you fall on, the height of the fall, and the position in which you fall all matter. Uneven surfaces, such as rocky parking lots, might lead to severe scrapes. Higher falls usually lead to more serious injuries than lower falls. Falling onto your shoulder can injure your arm or neck because of the impact. A fall on your buttocks could lead to a tailbone or back injury. Hitting your head can cause a brain injury.

Seeking medical care is usually a good idea if you fall, especially if you hit your back or your head. It is possible that some injuries won't become noticeable right away. Getting medical care immediately after the accident allows your doctor to monitor you appropriately.

#2: Many accidents are avoidable

Many accidents are avoidable if property owners take care of their property. Keeping parking lots in good repair, cleaning up spills immediately, and clearing the sidewalks of snow, ice, leaves and other debris can all reduce the possibility of a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall.

Businesses must take special care to clean up spills and remove other hazards quickly. Using signage to warn customers of the hazards is another way to minimize the risk of a fall occurring. Mats placed at entrances of a building can offer protection from slip-and-falls when it is raining, snowy, or icy and people are tracking the moisture in on their shoes.

#3: Compensation is likely possible

You can seek compensation for your injuries if the slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident was the result of negligence. You must show that the property owner or occupant knew of the hazard and didn't remedy it. Your claim must include the connection between your injury, the hazard, and the accident.

You also have to determine whom to hold liable when you opt to seek compensation. For example, a business might be liable for a slip-and-fall that occurred in the building. A landlord and a business might both be held liable if the accident was caused by a defect in the parking lot that the landlord knew about.

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