Q: What are common slip and fall injuries?

Common slip and fall injuries are usually minor, but when more serious injuries occur they can lead to hospitalization, disability, and death.

What kind of injuries are common after a fall?

The most common injuries after a fall include cuts, scrapes, and bruises. Fractures and broken bones are also common.

More serious common injuries include:

  • Torn ligaments and tendons
  • Head injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries

Torn ligaments and tendons are usually pretty obvious after a fall, but symptoms of a head or spinal cord injury may not manifest until much later. This is especially dangerous if the victim is alone as sometimes, after a concussion, the victim will not remember the accident.

How common are serious slip and fall injuries?

Most people fall at some point in their lives, but most do not realize how frequently serious injuries occur during a fall. The National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) compiles statistics about slips, trips and other falls, and the injuries they cause. Some of the most shocking statistics include:

  • Falls lead to more than 8 million emergency room visits each year in the U.S.
  • 50 percent of all accidental deaths in private residences are caused by falls.
  • One out of every three seniors over the age of 65 fall every year. This led to 15,000 deaths in 2005.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) also tracks reports of falls in the workplace. According to OSHA:

  • Slip and falls are the most common industry accident.
  • Falls cause 15 percent of all accident-related fatalities, second only to car accidents.
  • Should I get medical care in case of more serious injuries?

You should always receive medical care after a fall regardless of how serious you deem your injuries. This is because some of the most serious fall injuries are not always obvious immediately after a fall. Victims often overlook head injuries because, as stated above, the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury do not always show up right away.  

Even if you believe you are fine or you did not hit your head, be sure to go to the doctor. You do not necessarily need to hit your head to sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBIs are serious, life-altering injuries that require immediate medical care. Some people need months or years of rehabilitation after a head injury, and others suffer from permanent disabilities.

Do I need to discuss my fall with a personal injury attorney?

Florida law holds property owners liable for reducing the risk of slip and fall injuries on their property and allows victims to collect compensation to cover their expenses if injuries result due to the property owner’s negligence.

If you suffered serious injuries in a slip and fall accident in Florida due to the property owner’s negligence, you can file for compensation to cover your losses. A premises liability attorney from The Francis Law Group can help. Contact us today at 407-363-9939 to schedule an appointment.

Q:  Amusement Park Liability for a Slip and Fall

Amusement parks can be fun places to spend the day with family and friends, but they can be dangerous, too. When a slip and fall occurs on amusement park property, a victim may be wondering how to establish amusement park liability for her injury. Here is what you need to know.

Why might an amusement park slip and fall accident occur?

A slip and fall at an amusement park may occur for a variety of reasons. Some of the most common reasons include the following listed below.

  • Wet and slippery surfaces from spilled liquids or food or rides with water
  • Debris or garbage on the ground, presenting a walking hazard
  • Improperly maintained walking surfaces (i.e. cracked or broken sidewalks)
  • Crowded areas (a person is pushed or shoved)
  • Lack of handrails on stairs or ramps

All of these factors above are usually correctable or preventable.

Can an amusement park be held liable when a slip and fall occurs?

Liability for a slip and fall accident at an amusement park is based purely on whether or not the amusement park acted negligently. In terms of premises liability, an amusement park will be held liable for a slip and fall accident if it can be proven that the slip and fall accident would not have occurred had the amusement park exercised the proper duty of care.

Consider the following example:

A guest of an amusement park spills a drink. The spill is reported to an amusement park employee. Rather than cleaning up the spill, the amusement park employee ignores the problem and continues working on his other tasks. An hour later, you slip and fall as a direct result of the spilled beverage.

Because the amusement park employee both knew of the hazard andfailed to remedy it within a reasonable amount of time, the amusement park would be held liable. Had the amusement park not been aware of the spill, however, then you would not be able to hold the amusement park liable.

Proving Liability for a Slip and Fall Accident

If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident at an amusement park, holding the amusement park liable for your injuries can be the difference between having your injuries paid for or paying hundreds of dollars out of pocket. To help you prove liability when an injury occurs, contact the Florida slip and fall attorneys at the Francis Law Group. You can schedule your consultation today by calling 407-363-9939 or filling out our online contact form.