Slipping and falling can cause pain in many ways. Not only is it embarrassing to fall in a public place where everyone can see you, but also the physical pain and damage can be intense. Every year people fall and suffer injuries, ranging from bumps and bruises to paralysis and even death. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the number one reason for emergency room visits related to injury, poisoning or adverse effect for 2010 was unintentional falls.
Slips, trips and falls in the workplace are no less damaging
A report prepared by the CDC in 2011 for the healthcare industry indicated that slips, trips and falls resulted in the second highest cause for lost workdays in the hospital industry. In many instances, slips, trips and falls are preventable if businesses and their employees follow established safety standards. By promptly marking and cleaning wet floor hazards, or repairing damaged flooring or sidewalk defects, they can significantly reduce the number of injuries to customers and employees.
Holding property owners liable for injuries created by their negligence
Greater Boston property owners aren’t always liable when a slip, trip or fall happens on their property. Some accidents are simply unavoidable. To hold a property owner liable, the injured person must prove there was a hazardous condition or defect that caused the accident, and that the premises owner or operator knew or should have known about the hazardous condition. The property owner has a legal duty to take reasonable steps to prevent hazardous conditions from causing injury to persons lawfully on their property.
Contact the attorneys of Swartz & Lynch LLP if you have questions about a premises liability claim in the Greater Boston area.