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No matter your age, a fall can cause serious injury. Small children and older individuals are more likely to suffer serious injuries because of brittle or undeveloped bones, but anyone may suffer a debilitating injury such as a spinal cord injury caused by a slip and fall accident. Each year, many fatalities are ruled the result of slip and fall accidents.
Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can happen indoors or outdoors, during any type of weather and to any person. Even a dry floor can cause an individual to slip and fall if it is worn smooth or polished, and floors which are dangerous to walk on should always be clearly marked. Especially dangerous with a high potential for causing slip and fall accidents are:
- Unmarked wet floors
- Icy walkways
- Uneven or cracked sidewalks
- Loose gravel or steep paths
- Uneven stairs
- Unstable or missing handrails
Elderly individuals are at increased risk when they slip and fall and may sustain even greater injuries than younger people. Because older individuals often have more brittle bones, a fall can cause extensive injuries and health complications. Often an older individual is dismissed as being frail, so the cause of a slip and fall accident may be attributed to clumsiness when in reality it was caused by a premises liability issue or negligence. The same is also true of children who are injured in a neglected or dangerous area.
Protecting Your Rights after a Slip and Fall
Slip and fall accidents often come under the area of premise liability law, but many victims of slip and fall injuries do not know that they are protected after sustaining an injury. Many victims struggle to pay their medical bills or grapple with disability insurance when the liability really lies with the owner of the property where the injury occurred.
If you have suffered a slip and fall injury, the legal team at Morelli Ratner PC is ready to fight for the compensation and justice you deserve.
To learn more about your rights, please contact the experienced slip and fall attorneys at Morelli Ratner PC today, serving clients in New York City, the Bronx, New York, and throughout New Jersey.