Yesterday, September 23rd was marked as National
Fall Prevention Awareness Day by the National Council on Aging. This is the 7th annual year this campaign has taken place and typically falls on the first
day of fall.
This year's theme, "Strong Today, Falls Free Tomorrow" is
seeking to raise awareness on how to prevent fall-related injuries with
a strong emphasis on the elder generation.
Slip and falls unfortunately happen every day, and because they are so
common many people do not realize how serious the resulting injuries can
be. Fall accidents can easily lead to head injuries, brain injuries, broken
bones, back injuries, spinal cord damage and more. The elderly and disabled
are especially vulnerable which is why this year's awareness theme
is focused on the older generation.
In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls
are the leading cause of injury and death among elderly Americans.
Where Slip and Falls Occur
Slip and falls can result due to a landowner or property manager's negligence or
simply due to the fault of the individual. Depending on how the accident
occurred, a persona may or may not have the ability to file a claim and
reimbursed for their pain and suffering after an incident.
Some of the most common locations for slip and fall accidents to occur include:
- Wet or icy areas, black ice
- Broken stairs or missing stair rails
- Sidewalk defects such as uneven sidewalk or cracked sidewalk
- Defective parking lots
- Spilled substance's or wet areas on retail store floor
Rights After A Slip And Fall Accident
Victims who suffer serious injuries as a result of a slip and fall accident
may have legal rights. At the Southfield law firm of Goodman Acker, our
personal injury attorneys are actively representing clients who have suffered
injuries as result of a fall incident throughout the State of Michigan.
In these types of cases, negligence must be proven prior to filing a lawsuit.
However, victims should be aware that Michigan has a law called "open
and obvious" meaning premises owners are not responsible for so called
"open and obvious" dangers to invitees. Therefore, it is really
important that those who suffer injuries speak with a qualified attorney
who has experience in these types of cases and will be able to determine
if you have a claim.
For more information on state law pertaining to slip and fall accidents
or to discuss your case with one of our top rated personal injury attorneys
in Michigan call today at
(248) 793-2010. We will discuss your case with you and start investigating your claim
right away to determine if you have a claim. We also represent our clients
on a contingency fee basis, which means no legal fees or costs until we
win or settle your claim. Call now to learn your rights!