Washington DC slip and fall, step and fall, and trip and fall accidents can cause serious personal injuries that are painful and debilitating. While a fall accident at ground level may sound harmless enough, it can lead to traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and even death.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that more than 17,000 people in the US die because of trip and fall and slip and fall accidents. 15% of work injuries also occur during these types of falls.
Property owners, including business owners, landlords, homeowners, and the owners of public properties, are supposed to make sure that there are no hazards on a premise that can cause a trip accident, a slip accident, or a fall accident. When failure to clean up the danger and/or to warn about the hazard results in an accident, the injured party may have grounds for filing a Washington DC slip and fall accident lawsuit.
Some common causes of slip and fall accidents:
• Wet floors
• Uneven pavement
• Snow or ice that hasn’t been properly treated or cleared
• A leak or spill
• Broken floorboards
• Steep staircases without handrails
• Poor lighting
• Objects left on the ground
• Debris on the floor
• Spilt liquids or other soft/wet food items
Our Washington DC slip and fall lawyers represent clients injured in slip and fall accidents and other kinds of fall accidents. Slip and fall injuries can take a long time to recover from. Not only can they be costly to treat, but also the injured party may have to take an extended period of time off from work. He or she may be unable to drive, tend to daily tasks, or live independently during recovery. If the injury is a permanent one, then special nursing care and other medical services may be required for the duration of the victim’s life.