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Slip and Fall Accidents

What You Need to Know About Slip & Fall Accidents

Seattle Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers

In comic strips, slips and falls are portrayed as being funny.  In a classic slip on a banana peel, characters are shown frantically waving their feet in the air as they try to regain their balance, only to ultimately fall on their back.

In real life, slips and falls are no joke.  Every year thousands of people are injured in slip and fall accidents in their own home, on sidewalks, in parking lots, and in commercial establishments. Our firm represents those injured in slips and falls throughout Washington due to unsafe conditions or the negligence of others.

Slip and Falls Can Result in Significant Injury and Death

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According to the National Floor Safety Institute (“NFSI”), falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits, representing the leading cause of visits (21.3%).  Slips and falls are a leading cause of workers’ compensation claims.  The Centers for Disease Control (the “CDC”) reports that more than 24,000 people over the age of 65 died as a result of a fall in 2009.[1]

Unlike the characters in comics, those injured in slips and falls to not quickly bounce right up.  Instead, slips and falls are more likely to result in fractures, sprains, torn ligaments or muscles, head injury, and neck injury.  According to the NSFI, of all fractures from falls, hip fractures are the most serious and lead to the greatest number of health problems and deaths.  For the elderly and those in poor health, slip and fall injuries easily can, and often do, manifest themselves into much more serious medical complications.

When a slip or fall results in a person’s head contacting a hard surface, such as a floor, ice, or pavement, contusions, concussions, brain damage, and even death can result.

We Seek to Hold Accountable Those Responsible for Slip and Fall Injuries

When a slip and fall injury occurs, it is our role as legal counsel to determine why the injury occurred, and if a third-party (such as a property owner) should bear legal liability as the result.  If we believe that a property owner’s negligence caused or contributed to the slip and fall, we will proceed to file a lawsuit against the property owner for the full measure of damages sustained by our client.

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Once we learn about the facts and circumstances of your case, we can advise you as to the options available for seeking a recovery against those responsible.  In most cases we represent clients in slip and fall cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning that there is no fee to us unless and until we recover a settlement or judgment.

 


[1] As reported by the CDC http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/adultfalls.html