Three Major Types of Slip and Fall Cases

January 12, 2015 in Articles, Personal Injury Articles | MARTIN WREN, P.C. | LEAVE A COMMENT

Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers

Most Virginia injury lawyers are well-versed in the issues surrounding slip and fall accidents. Slip and fall cases are a major area of personal injury law.

Legal professionals throughout the country can research and find all types of case precedent with regard to slip and fall cases. As they progress through their research of the topic, they will undoubtedly find that there are different types of challenges that injury victims face, such as:

  • Broken hips
  • Strained and sprain muscles
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Damage to the face or cranium from falling head first
  • Injuries or conditions affecting motor abilities

Knowledgeable Injury lawyers must look at the entire context of a slip and fall case and determine why the accident happened, whether there is any third-party responsibility and how to get the injury victim the best outcome possible.

Three Major Categories of Cases

Slip and fall cases generally fall into a few different categories. Here are three of the most common examples.

Ice and Winter Weather Falls

Many slip and fall cases involve unusually slick surfaces from ice, sleet or freezing rain.

One of the essential questions in such cases is whether property owners or businesses have taken the proper and adequate steps to clear snow and ice, put down ice melt materials or otherwise protect the public.

Wet Floor Falls

Many of us have heard of slip and fall cases involving wet floors that were not properly marked — which is why today’s large, plastic yellow ‘wet floor’ signs are such a common sight in local businesses.

Other kinds of wet floor cases have to do with situations where water leaked from an appliance or structure, puddled or pooled on the floor or formed from condensation.

In these kinds of cases, a personal injury attorney will look in detail at the business or public space to see what was installed there to avoid such issues in an effort to determine the existence of third-party responsibility.

Uneven Walkway or Obstructed Walkway Cases

A third major category of slip and fall case concerns uneven walkways on which an injury victim stumbles and/or obstructions that have been left in someone else’s path. These cases can often be tied to specific negligence or inattention to public safety, which can dramatically change the results of the personal injury case. The idea that “someone just left something somewhere” is generally not an effective defense.  Business and property owners need to provide safe public spaces for visitors.

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