You probably do not think about this regularly but anytime you step out to go grocery shopping, take a stroll down the sidewalk, visit the home of a friend, or attend a party, you could be facing potential hazards that could lead to an injury. This is because there is a legal duty imposed on all property owners and managers to keep their premises free of hazards – or at a minimum, make the public aware of any potentially hazardous conditions. While no one expects to suffer serious injury that could be life-altering while going about a regular day, these types of accidents happen every day in America. According to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately more than 1 million individuals are hurt every year in slip and fall accidents.
Not Just Wet Floors
It is not uncommon for slip and fall accidents and resulting injuries to occur due to unsafe conditions on a property. The most frustrating part of these types of personal injury cases is that virtually all of these accidents could have been prevented. When owners and managers of property breach their legal duty to keep the premises safe – or at least address or alert others of potential dangerous conditions – they should be held legally and financially responsible for harm suffered.
There are several types of scenarios in which a slip and fall accident may occur – not just wet floors. Fall accidents are typically placed into four categories, mostly based on the type of dangerous condition that caused the accident. These categories are:
Slip and fall: Most often happens when there is a wet or slippery substance on the floor, causing the victim to fall.
Trip and fall: When someone comes across a foreign object in his or her path, the victim can trip on the object and fall.
Step and fall: When the victim steps into an unexpected opening or hole in the ground, he or she can fall.
Stump and fall: Typically, if there is an unexpected hazard in the way, a victim can fall and hurt him or herself.
Common Slip and Fall Accident Causes
There are even more circumstances under which these types of accidents can happen. More often than not, these accidents are the result of the negligence of a property owner or manager. The most common causes of slip and fall accidents include, but are not limited to:
Uneven or damaged walkways, sidewalks, paths, or staircases;
Sidewalks or walkways that are dimly or otherwise poorly lit;
Unmarked hazards on the floor such as wet or slippery substances or uneven ground;
Hazards that are the result of building code violations; and
Failure to keep the ground clear of debris or hazards.
Of note, Nevada is a comparative-fault state. This means that if the personal injury victim was partly at fault for the accident that resulted in injuries, his or her monetary compensation will be reduced by the percentage of blame found. If the victim is more than 50% at fault, no monetary compensation is recoverable.
Personal Injury Help in Las Vegas
Our Las Vegas slip and fall attorneys at Parry & Pfau understand the complex area of personal injury law. We have experience representing the injured across the state of Nevada. Our lawyers will work tirelessly to seek the monetary compensation you deserve. Contact us today for your initial case evaluation.
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