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Slip and Fall Accidents

One of the most common ways to incur an injury is through a slip and fall. In fact, slip and fall injuries account for 12 percent of total falls and more than 1 million hospital emergency room visits annually. Injuries due to slip and falls account for $13-14 million per year in the U.S.

A slip and fall usually results in injury, medical expenses, and lost finances. This can have an extremely large impact on one’s life, with the physical consequences often impacting one’s ability to work, commonly resulting in lost wages.

Slip and fall accidents are not isolated to one location; they can occur at one’s place of work, home, or other public place. These incidents often go unreported due to embarrassment or self-blame. However, many times it is not the victim’s fault.

Common causes of slip and fall injuries include:

  • Poor lighting
  • Broken steps
  • Obstructed walkways
  • Slippery floors
  • Icy sidewalks
  • Unmarked changes in elevation

Unfortunately, despite often being preventable, many people will experience a slip and fall more than once during their lifetime. That’s why it is so important to hold property owners and managers liable for any reckless or negligent care of the property, which contributed to your injury.

For someone else to be held legally responsible for your injuries on their property, one of the following must apply:

  • The property owner caused the spill, tear, slippery surface, or out of place item to be there;
  • The property owner or an employee knew of the dangerous condition but did nothing about it; or
  • The property owner or an employee should have known of the dangerous condition, since a “reasonable” person in their position would have discovered and corrected it.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident due to the carelessness of someone else, it is important to contact a knowledgeable and experienced Missouri Slip and Fall Attorney.
A Personal Injury lawyer can assist you by:

  • Explaining your rights
  • Conducting a professional investigation
  • Working with healthcare providers and insurance companies
  • Providing options and advice
  • Estimating damages

At Dreesen Law, we understand the seriousness of a slip and fall injury and the short- and long-term effects that it can have on your physical, emotional, and financial wellbeing. That’s why we will work hard to help you obtain the compensation that you deserve. To learn more or to schedule a free initial consultation, contact us via the chat option below, by phone at 573-4040-LAW or through our contact form by clicking here.