Types of Slip and Fall Accidents

There are several types of slip and fall accidents that can occur under a variety of circumstances. The common thread between them is the need for an experienced attorney to prove liability and protect the injured party's best interests. Attorney Chris Olsen has vast experience in helping injured clients collect the compensation necessary to make a physical, emotional, and financial recovery. If you or a loved one has been injured, Chris Olsen's expertise regarding the different types of slip and fall accidents can help determine if you have a case. Contact our San Diego, CA, office today to schedule a consultation.

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Property owners have a responsibility to provide ample warning of wet floors and other hazards.

Types of Unsafe Conditions

Slip and fall accidents can occur any time there are unsafe conditions that could cause you to lose your footing. Some unsafe conditions include:

  • Missing traction guards on stairs
  • Missing or broken handrails
  • Wet floor surface (due to water or another fluid)
  • Slick floor surface (due to wax or ice)
  • Inadequate lighting, especially in stairways or walkways
  • Objects blocking the walking pathway or stairs

Slip and fall accidents can occur anywhere, such as at a restaurant, an apartment complex, a store, a business office, a parking lot, or a private home. These accidents can occur indoors or outdoors, at night or during the day, and on any type of surface such as tile, concrete, wood, or linoleum. Men and women of any age can become injured in a slip and fall accident, although seniors tend to have more falls. A typical scenario leading to a slip and fall injury is juice or milk spilled on the floor at a grocery store that is not cleaned up promptly. Another situation can arise when a business over-waxes their floors so they look shiny and clean. If a stairway is not lighted properly at night, someone may miss a step, slip, and fall. Any time a floor or stair surface is compromised, a slip and fall accident could occur.

Although you may not initially think you suffered any major injuries as a result of a slip and fall accident, you should undergo a medical examination as soon as possible.

Types of Injuries

Injuries resulting from slip and fall accidents can range from minor to very severe. In some cases, they can result in death. Some common injuries include:

  • Strained muscles or tendons
  • Sprained ligaments
  • Broken bones
  • Head and brain injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Bulging discs
  • Pinched nerves

Although you may not initially think you suffered any major injuries as a result of a slip and fall accident, you should undergo a medical examination as soon as possible. Your doctor can determine if you need acute medical care, or if you are at risk of serious medical issues later due to the injury.

Compensation for Slip and Fall Accidents

If your slip and fall accident is determined to be the result of another party's negligence, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. Typical compensation can include:

  • Immediate medical care
  • Long-term medical care
  • Therapy and other rehabilitative services
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning power
  • Physical, mental, and emotional pain and suffering

The key to securing the compensation you deserve is enlisting the representation of a lawyer versed in personal injury law. During a consultation with Mr. Olsen, he will review the details of your injury to determine if you have a case.

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Without experienced legal counsel, it can be incredibly difficult to pursue the compensation you deserve. To schedule your free consultation with Chris Olsen, please contact us today.

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