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What is a Slip & Fall Accident?

A slip and fall accident occurs when an individual loses their footing and falls. When this happens on someone else’s property, a person may require a slip-and-fall lawyer. Slip & fall accidents can happen in different settings, such as retail stores, shopping malls, private properties, and even public spaces.

Property owners have a duty of care to make sure their premises are safe for visitors. 

More than 6.8 million people were treated in emergency rooms for fall-related injuries in 2020. [1]

Causes of Slip & Fall Accidents

You may have fallen one or more than one reason. Some potential causes include:

  • Poor Lighting: Whether it’s a dimly lit stairwell, a poorly lit parking lot, or a badly lit hallway, inadequate lighting poses serious risks and can lead to severe injuries.
  • Wet Floors or Icy Walkways: Whether it’s a spill in a grocery store, a freshly mopped floor in a restaurant, or a wet surface in a public restroom, property owners have a duty to promptly address these dangerous conditions to ensure the safety of their visitors.
  • Dangerous Conditions or Hazards on the Property: Cracked or uneven sidewalks, loose tiles, or uneven flooring can easily trip unsuspecting visitors, leading to injuries. Property owners should regularly inspect and maintain their property to ensure it is free from hazardous conditions that could cause a slip and fall accident.
  • Other Common Causes of Slip & Fall Accidents: Whether it is loose objects, scattered materials, or even trash, debris can create a tripping hazard and increase the likelihood of slip and fall accidents.

Areas that require caution, such as wet floors or construction zones, should be clearly marked with signs and warnings.

Snow and ice buildup on walkways and parking lots can create slippery surfaces making it a hazard to walk on. 

Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

Injuries from a Slip and Fall Accident

Injuries vary in severity, usually related to the height a person fell from or a fall could also be more severe due to a pre-existing condition like osteoporosis.  

  • Broken Bones: The force of the fall can cause fractures in different parts of the body, like the wrists, arms, ankles, or hips. 
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Another frequently seen injury in slip and fall accidents is head trauma, including traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). When a person falls and hits their head, they can suffer from concussions, contusions, or even more severe brain damage. TBI’s can have long-lasting effects on a person’s cognitive abilities, motor skills, and overall reduced enjoyment of life.
  • Spinal Injuries: When the spinal cord is damaged in a fall, individuals may experience partial or complete paralysis. 
  • Soft Tissue: Strains, sprains, and bruising are common soft tissue injuries that can occur in slip and fall accidents.

Understanding Premises Liability Laws in Oregon

Premises liability laws place a duty of care on property owners, requiring them to take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of those who enter their premises.

Premises liability laws in Oregon cover many different types of properties, including public and private spaces such as retail stores, restaurants, apartments, and residences. The responsibility for a safe environment applies to all property owners, whether they are individuals, businesses, or public entities.

To establish a premises liability claim in Oregon, the injured person must prove the following:

  • The property owner knew or should have known about the hazardous condition that caused the accident.
  • The property owner didn’t to take reasonable steps to address the dangerous condition or warn visitors about its presence.
  • The hazardous condition was the direct cause of the person’s injuries.
Understanding Premises Liability Laws in Oregon​

What to Do After a Slip & Fall Accident

In Portland, Oregon, the law is on your side, and you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and related expenses.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Seek Medical Attention: After a slip and fall accident, seek immediate medical care, even if you think your injuries are minor. Some injuries may not be apparent right away, and a medical professional can assess your condition and provide necessary treatment.
  • Document the Incident: As soon as possible, gather evidence to support your claim. Take photos of the accident scene, including any hazards or dangerous conditions that caused your fall. If there were any witnesses, get their contact information. Report the incident to the property owner or manager and ask for a copy of the incident report or police report.
  • Consult with our Slip and Fall Attorney: Navigating a slip and fall claim can be complicated, especially when dealing with insurance companies and legal proceedings. Consult with our experienced slip and fall attorney at Goldberg & Loren, who can guide you through the process of legal claims and protect your rights. Generally, you will have two years from the date of the accident to initiate legal action.

Have You Recently Suffered a Slip and Fall Injury and Are in Need of Legal Representation?

When you are dealing with pain, hospital bills and insurance, it may seem overwhelming to consider adding an injury lawyer too.  Our personal injury lawyers in Portland will take stress off of you by managing all contact with insurance companies and will fight diligently to obtain a settlement or judgement that will help pay your bills. 

Contact Goldberg & Loren today to schedule a free consultation, and let us help you navigate the legal process. 

Source:

[1] Slips, Trips and Falls – National Safety Council. (n.d.). https://www.nsc.org/work-safety/safety-topics/slips-trips-falls

Goldberg & Loren Personal Injury Attorneys

6500 S Macadam Ave #300,
Portland, OR 97239
(971) 339-8080

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