According to the
National Safety Council, slips, trips, and falls are a major cause of accidental injuries nationwide.
Slips, trips, and falls are the leading cause of emergency room hospital
visits. Each year, approximately nine million people seek emergency medical
care as a result of slips, trips, and falls.
Slip, trip, and fall accidents can also be fatal. In 2009, there were 25,000
reported deaths which resulted from slips, trips, and fall.
In addition, slip, trip, and fall accidents are costly. Compensation and
medical expenses resulting from slip, trip, and fall accidents cost employers
nearly $70 billion each year. Furthermore, about a quarter of all slip,
trip, and fall accidents result in more than 31 days away from work.
The elderly are particularly vulnerable to slip, trip, or fall accidents.
However, they can affect every one of us.
Many factors can cause a slip, trip, or fall accidents. The most common
factors are: areas prone to wetness or spills, unstable surfaces, unguarded
heights, stairs, cluttered areas, and flooring materials.
If you are injured in a slip, trip, or fall accident, the factors that
led to your slip, trip, or fall may have been caused by someone else’s
For example, last year, a Georgia man suffered
injury to his spine after slipping on crushed fruit and falling on his back and
a local grocery store chain. The man’s injuries required extensive
medical care, resulting in $135,000 in medical bills. The victim was also
unable to work for a prolonged period of time. After filing a negligence
claim with the Georgia courts, the man was awarded over $2 million in damages.
During the course of litigation, it became evident that the grocery store
chain destroyed and manipulated evidence which proved that they had knowledge
of the hazardous conditions, but neglected to eliminate the danger in
a timely manner.
If you have been injured in a slip, trip, or fall accident that occurred
at a business establishment, you should consult with a personal injury
attorney immediately. An attorney will be able to determine whether you
have a legal claim for negligence against the business establishment as
a result of your injuries. If this is the case, your attorney will be
able to prove your case and secure compensation from the business establishment
on your behalf.
The legal responsibility of a business establishment is referred to as
premise liability. Under Georgia law, the owner of a business establishment
has a non-delegable duty to patrons (also referred to as business invitees)
to employ ordinary care in order to keep their premises and approaches
safe. However, the mere occurrence of a slip, trip, or fall on the owner’s
premises does not make them liable for the victim’s injuries. It
must be shown that the business owner either know, or should have known
about the danger, and failed to remove the danger in a timely manner.