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Where Slip and Fall Accidents Occur

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.

Wet floor - slip and fall potentialSome 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 the uneven sidewalk or cracked sidewalk
  • Potholes
  • Defective parking lots
  • Spilled substance’s or wet areas on the 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 a 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!

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