Common Summer Slip and Fall Injuries May Be Caused By Negligence
Injuries from slip and falls end up costing about $15 million every year in the United States. That number continues to rise, and more and more accidents are being reported in warmer weather months. And we all know the beautiful summer weather has made its way across Michigan bringing residents and tourists alike out to play: spending time at the pool or lakes, enjoying restaurants and festivals, and being more active. With so much more to participate in during the summer, this season tends to be a time when a lot of people are getting injured from slip and fall accidents, adding to the more than eight million people overall who head to the emergency room every year for these types of injuries. Take this time to be aware of your surroundings.
Water, Water Everywhere
Running on the pool deck, at the water park, or on the lake pier might not seem like such a big deal, but it can turn into devastating injuries quicker than you think. These areas can become slippery with just a small amount of water on them. Falls can cause broken bones and more serious issues resulting from a traumatic brain injury. Make sure you are extra cautious when playing on or near these surfaces.
Busy Crowds, Messy Floors
Beware of any areas, such as festivals or outdoor restaurant venues where people are eating, drinking, dancing and gathering. These spots can quickly fill up with people enjoying themselves, unaware of any messes made by food, beer cups, or water bottle spills. People also leave bags and bikes, skateboards, pet leashes, and other personal items in the way of walkways. Busy waitresses or bartenders may leave dirty areas unattended and create an unsafe environment for patrons. Be sure you are watching where you are traveling in the case of having to prove negligence of another person or premises.
If You Have Been Injured From a Slip and Fall Accident
Michigan premises owners, including homeowners and building owners, have a duty to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition and to protect against harm caused by a dangerous condition.
If you are injured due to a slip, trip or fall, and you believe it was due to the negligence of somebody else, there are a number of actions you should first take including seeking medical attention immediately. A delay in getting medical help can make a minor medical problem much worse.
Next, work with others to gather as much information about what caused you to fall as possible. If you can grab your mobile device, snap some photographs of the area you injured yourself in and of your injuries. As you are doing this, take notes about the conditions in the area. While you are on the scene, ask the names and contact information of anyone who witnessed your accident.
Talk to the building owner or manager in charge of the premises where the injury occurred however; never provide a written statement and do not talk to an insurance representative without first contacting an attorney.
Call Lee Free Today!
Please call Lee Free and Michigan slip and fall lawyers at 1-800-LEE-FREE (1-800-533-3733) or fill out the Free Case Evaluation Form so we can answer any questions you may have. We have a team of experienced attorneys dedicated to helping you get the compensation you deserve.