Slip and Fall - Devastating Injuries
Slip and fall injuries can be very serious. Typically, the body of the victim falls violently to the floor or pavement as a result of the slippery conditions. If the head is struck serious head injuries can occur in addition to back and neck injuries, severe shoulder injuries, and lower extremity injuries. These can be particularly devastating and include trimalleolar and bimalleolar fractures of the lower leg and ankle; which involve a fracture of both the fibula and tibia.
Because of the nature of slip and fall injuries, certain guidelines must be followed when pursuing damages for these injuries and protecting the rights of the victim.
In Rhode Island and Massachusetts, as in most states, it is a requirement that the property owner had notice of the conditions present in the slip and fall incident. It must be shown that the owner of the premises or the company or person in charge of the premises knew or should have known of the defect that caused the fall.
This includes grocery stores and retail stores where items have fallen to the floor presenting a slip and fall hazard to shoppers. It also includes ice and snow that is not properly cleared away from walkways and parking lots, as well as defects in flooring, walkways, and parking lots including holes or raised areas. In these cases it is extremely important to prove that the party that would be liable as the owner or manager of the premises knew or should have known about the defect.
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