Slip and fall injuries can be disastrous for you and your loved ones. Every year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report millions of injuries resulting from unintentional falls. One out of five falls results in a serious injury such as a fracture or a head injury, causing the injured person to expensive medical bills, lost wages, and possibly a long-term recovery. Statistics also show that falls are the third leading cause of unintentional injury-related wrongful death.
If you had a slip and fall accident on another person’s property, you may be entitled to damages. You need to contact an experienced personal injury attorney in your area as soon as possible. The attorneys at Michael Kelly have successfully handled many types of personal injury cases, including slip and fall accidents. Call 1-800-LAW-GUYS (1-800-529-4897) to discuss the details of your case.
What Are Slip and Fall Accidents?
People become injured in all kinds of slip and fall accidents. The Greater Boston area often experiences severe weather, especially during the winter, so ice and snow are major contributors to falls. During a snow emergency in Watertown on March 7, 2018, safety measures were enacted regarding on-street parking and throwing or plowing snow on the street or sidewalks. These measures were enacted to reduce the chance of an unintentional injury. Following another March storm, Arsenal Street was temporarily blocked off due to fallen utility poles. Similar incidents elsewhere have raised questions about the safety and proper maintenance of utility poles.
Other common slip and fall cases may stem from:
- Wet or slippery floors from rain, mopping, waxing, or spills
- Snow and ice on sidewalks and in business parking areas
- Broken concrete or poorly maintained sidewalks and walkways
- Damaged steps
- Unsafe or missing handrails
- Inadequate lighting
- Inadequate safety precautions in construction areas
- Torn or unsafe carpet or mats.