We’ve all had a good chuckle watching actors on TV and in the movies slip on banana peels, tumble down stairs, or trip and fall for comedic effect. But in real life, falls are anything but funny. For millions of Americans each year, falls bring pain, serious and debilitating injuries, and related trauma. For our nation’s vulnerable seniors, falls can be fatal. In one recent year, over 32,000 Americans died from injuries sustained in a fall.
Some Falls Are Simple Mishaps, but Many Are Someone Else’s Fault
Trips and falls or slips and falls can happen anytime, anywhere, to anyone. Some falls are simple mishaps caused by a loss of balance, distraction, or a misstep. But many people needlessly suffer fall injuries because of conditions and hazards that property owners and managers should have known about and should have fixed to keep the property in a reasonably safe condition for customers or guests.
A grocery store doesn’t clean up a spill on Aisle 5; an apartment building stairway has poor lighting, unsteady stairs, or missing handrails; a restaurant fails to pick up dropped napkins, utensils, or other objects – these are just a few examples of how someone else’s negligence and disregard for others’ safety can cause deadly falls.
When someone gets seriously hurt or dies because a business owner, homeowner, or property manager does not use the necessary care to maintain the property or warn others about potential hazards, the Austin slip and fall lawyers at Sandoval James stand ready to hold the responsible parties to account.
Lives should not be thrown into turmoil and families shouldn’t have to grieve the death of a loved one because of someone else’s carelessness or neglect. It’s unfair and unjust. We work tirelessly to make things right, fighting to get our clients the maximum amount of compensation available for their slip and fall or trip and fall injuries and losses
700,000 Americans Hospitalized Every Year
Falls don’t just cause embarrassment or a few scrapes; they send Americans to the hospital every day with often fatal injuries. Falls are the third-leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths in the United States, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that:
- Over 700,000 Americans are hospitalized each year because of a fall injury.
- One out of five falls results in a serious injury.
- Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
- Every year, 2.5 million American seniors receive emergency room treatment for fall-related injuries.
Premises Liability Claims for Slip and Fall Accidents
In Texas, most slip and fall claims are based on the legal concept of “premises liability.” But many factors will be considered as to whether a property owner or other responsible party can be liable for compensation under Texas law. As with all personal injury cases, an injured plaintiff must prove that the owner breached a duty it owed to the injury victim and that the breach of duty caused or contributed to his or her injuries.
But premises liability cases can be even more complicated. Not only is a property owner’s conduct at issue, but so is the victim’s identity and the circumstances around how and why he or she was on the premises where the injury occurred.
Call Sandoval James Today for Your Free Slip and Fall Injury Consultation
At Sandoval James, we have the legal knowledge, advocacy skills, and fierce determination necessary to obtain compensation in slip and fall cases. When you meet with us for your free consultation, we will evaluate your situation, answer your questions, and advise you of your options. If you have a viable claim, we will use every effort to get you the compensation that can get you back on your feet.
To arrange for your free initial consultation with one of our Austin slip and fall lawyers, please call us today at 512-382-7707 or contact us online.