Besides being embarrassed, a trip and fall accident can lead to more serious issues. Over one million Americans trip and fall each year. About 20% of these victims suffer moderate to severe injuries such as bruising, traumatic brain injuries, or fractures. Most commonly, these fractures occur in the spine, arm, leg, hip, hand, or pelvis. As people age, they become more prone to medical issues after tripping.
Property owners are required to maintain their premises to avoid serious injuries. If you were hurt because someone failed to keep a reasonable standard of care, you have the right to seek compensation. The property owner may be liable for all of your future medical costs, lost wages, hospital bills, and even general damages such as loss of enjoyment of life. Reach out to Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman today to see if you have a case. You only have three years from the time of your injury to file a lawsuit.
Types of Trip and Fall Accidents
Trip and fall accidents can occur almost anywhere. In order to prove that the property owner is responsible, you will need to show how proper maintenance could have prevented the accident.
Some common trip and fall hazards are:
- Defective staircases
- Tears in rugs or carpet
- Exposed cords on the ground
- Objects in pathways
- Loose or broken floors
Trip hazards should be repaired when they are detected or marked to warn visitors of danger. This can include removing the hazard, repairing the hazard, or posting a sign.
Proving Negligence in Trip and Fall Cases
Just because you were injured on another person’s property does not mean that you are automatically entitled to compensation. That is why it is important to hire an accomplished lawyer. We need to show the judge that the property owner was aware of a danger on the premises and did not make reasonable efforts to fix the problem.
Contact Our DeSoto County Trip and Fall Accident Attorney Today
Our team takes the time to make our clients comfortable. We will listen to you and work hard to seek a settlement that can help you get your life back on track. Contact us today for a consultation.
Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman helps those who have been injured in a trip and fall accident throughout Northern Mississippi including the cities of Southaven and Hernando as well as the counties of DeSoto, Marshall, Tate, and Tunica.