Falls account for over 8 million emergency room visits every year and are a leading cause of injury. Falls can happen due to a variety of factors. Water or other spills on a floor can make surfaces slippery and lead to falls by customers or workers. Carpet or mats can bunch up leading to tripping and falling. Stairs or uneven surfaces can be camouflaged so people don’t see them and fall. Equipment such as railings or steps can give way, causing falls from dangerous heights. Ice can accumulate due to improper drainage or gutters, leaving behind ‘black ice’ or hidden slippery spots causing winter time slips and falls. The list goes on and on.
Falls can cause tremendous injury. Even a fall from a standing position to the floor can cause back injuries, broken bones, concussions, and brain injuries. Businesses such as stores, offices or apartment buildings have a duty to keep their premises as reasonably safe as they can. When they fail to do that – whether due to a lack of maintenance, supervision or design – that failure can put their customers or renters at risk of falls and injuries.
Investigating these cases requires prompt evaluation of the location of the fall. Obtaining photos right away of the conditions or video footage of the fall can be of tremendous assistance in bringing a successful case. Talking to witnesses about the condition of the area of the fall can also give great support to a claim. This is why you want a skilled attorney who understands the importance of investigation to help you in your case.
At Jacobs Injury Law, we have the experience and expertise to handle these cases. We have over 20 years of legal experience, and Attorney Ann Jacobs has been named by her peers as one of the top 50 attorneys in the State of Wisconsin. Call us now at (414) 306-8999 or click here for a free, no obligation consultation about your slip/trip and fall claim. We understand the difficult nature of these cases and are willing and able to help. Call now.