Although slip and fall accidents are more prevalent during the winter – when roads and walkways are often covered in snow and/or ice – many other conditions can increase the risk of a slip and fall accident, such as defective stairs or walkways, improper lighting, fallen debris, wet floors without “wet floor” caution signs, and falling merchandise.
While many slip and fall accidents are preventable, some are not. Injuries can range from mild to severe. Fortunately, most people walk away with only a few cuts, scrapes and bruises. Other times, these accidents result in broken bones, concussions, short-term or long-term disabilities, and more. They may require surgery and physical therapy.
Just because you were injured does not automatically result in liability on the property owner. As with any type of slip and fall accident, the proper owner is generally only liable if he or she knew about the problem – or should have known about the problem – and failed to fix it.