Each June, the National Safety Council celebrates National Safety Month as a time to bring awareness to and reduce the risk of key safety issues. Each week is dedicated to its own issue; preventing prescription drug abuse, slips and falls, being aware of your surroundings, and putting an end to distracted driving. This week our Rhode Island personal injury law firm looked into slip and fall accidents and how homeowner negligence can cause severe pain or even fatality to victims.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, slip and fall accidents are the leading cause of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), “accounting for 40% of all TBI’s in the United States that resulted in an ER visit, hospitalization, or death.” Most slip and fall cases, for example falling from great heights or on hard surfaces, are governed by negligence. Whether a private residence, public space, or commercial property, property owners can be held liable under the premises liability law for dangerous conditions on owned premises.
If a property owner fails to perform his or her duty to use reasonable care to maintain premises in a safe condition, or to protect non-trespassing visitors from the risks of an existing dangerous condition, the property owner may be liable for resulting injuries. Consulting with an experienced Rhode Island slip and fall lawyer who is familiar with the premises liability laws will help to ensure justice for personal injuries from these accidents.