According to the CDC, 20% of falls result in a serious injury, ranging from broken bones to traumatic brain injury (TBI). When you slip and fall on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to seek compensation if the property owner has failed to exercise the proper “duty of care” towards you as a visitor. At Decof, Barry, Mega & Quinn, P.C., our Rhode Island slip and fall lawyers are ready to help you seek maximum compensation after you’ve been injured due to negligence. With more than 40 years spent navigating complex premises liability claims, our trial lawyers have both the resources and reputation to fight on your behalf.
Call (401) 200-4059 today or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.
The True Cost of a Fall
Although falls are often viewed as “minor” accidents, the CDC estimates that more than 800,000 people are hospitalized because of a fall every year. Depending on the severity of the fall, victims may be left with catastrophic injuries and require long-term physical therapy to recover after the accident. In some cases, injury victims may even become permanently paralyzed. Older adults often face higher costs after a fall accident: In 2015, Medicare and Medicaid paid $50 billion to cover fall injuries for seniors.
Common fall injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Hip fractures
- Sprained ankles and wrists
- Broken bones
- Shoulder dislocations
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Bruises and lacerations
- Knee damage
- Partial and full paralysis
When Do I Have Grounds for a Slip & Fall Claim?
Not every fall injury will be eligible for a personal injury lawsuit, but if you can show that a property owner or manager was negligent in maintaining their property, you may have grounds for a slip and fall claim. Slip and fall claims fall into the category of premises liability law, as property owners have a responsibility to protect their visitors from preventable safety hazards. However, this responsibility also varies depending on the purpose of your visit.
To prove a slip and fall claim, you must demonstrate that the property owner had a responsibility to remove the slip hazard that caused your fall, in accordance with your presence on the property. You must also show that the hazard was “foreseeable” and that the property owner had a reasonable amount of time to discover the dangerous condition on their property. This is called “constructive knowledge,” and it is a pivotal component of any premises liability claim.
Combining 200+ Years of Legal Experience
Our Rhode Island trial attorneys at Decof, Barry, Mega & Quinn, P.C. have over two centuries of collective experience, and we are committed to holding negligent property owners accountable when you’ve suffered serious fall injuries. After performing a comprehensive investigation for your case, our team will put together a solid case strategy and pursue fair compensation for your losses.
For more information about our legal services, call (401) 200-4059 today.