Minnesota Falling Injury & Workers’ Compensation
Many people experience falling injuries, which are a primary cause of unintentional injury worldwide. Falls are a top cause of emergency room visits and can result in serious injuries such as broken bones and head injuries. Many falls are the result of hazardous conditions that lead to slipping or tripping, which is why property owners are responsible for maintaining safe conditions on their properties. Therefore, if you experienced a falling injury on property that you don’t own, the property owner may be liable for your injury. For falling injuries caused by slipping or tripping in unsafe conditions, contact an attorney to discuss the legal options available to you.
Who Experiences Falling Injuries?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 700,000 people per year experience falls serious enough to require hospitalization. And while most falling injuries occur among people over the age of 65, anyone can be at risk for falling. Many hazardous conditions such as wet floors, wrinkled or torn rugs, scattered debris, cracks in sidewalks, and poor lighting all increase the chance of sustaining a falling injury regardless of age or physical ability.
What Are Some Common Falling Injuries?
Falling injuries vary in severity, with less severe injuries including bruises, pulled muscles, and sprains. More serious injuries include fractures, broken bones, and even head injuries. In rare cases, falling injuries can result in disability or death.
What to Do if You Sustained a Falling Injury
If your fall was the result of either slipping or tripping while on a commercial, residential, or another type of property that you don’t own, the property owner may be liable for any injuries that you sustain. Common situations include slipping on spilled liquid that should have been wiped away, tripping over an obstacle placed in your path, or falling due to poor lighting, uneven ground, or cracks in the flooring.
If you think that your injury was caused by unsafe conditions on a property that you don’t own, contact an attorney right away to discuss legal options. For injuries that occurred on property that you don’t own, an attorney will help you make a case against the business or other entity that was responsible for the fall. Furthermore, for slip and fall injuries that you sustained while working at your job, your attorney may be able to help you secure worker’s compensation.
It will be helpful to your attorney if, immediately after your fall, you make note of your physical surroundings. Note any unsafe conditions that caused your fall, and take a picture of the area if possible. Check whether anyone witnessed the fall, and collect witness’ contact information. If you are able to speak with an employee or other person connected to the property, ask for contact information and inquire about filing an incident report.
Property Owners: Preventing Falling Injuries on Your Property
Aside from being dangerous, slip and fall liability can quickly become expensive and time-consuming. If you are a property owner concerned about slip and fall injuries, there are several steps that you can proactively take to prevent falling injuries on your property.
The most basic step is to focus on basic property upkeep such as repairing cracks in parking lots, removing debris, wiping up spills, and clearing snow and ice. It can also be helpful to check whether there are any industry-specific protocols available for preventing slip and fall injuries. In addition to removing physical hazards, many companies look for insurance policies that will cover slip and fall liability.
If you experienced a slip and fall, contact us to learn more about what Meshbesher Law Firm can do to help you after a falling injury.