Milwaukee Slip & Fall Accident Lawyer
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Property owners have a duty to maintain safe conditions for inhabitants, workers, visitors, and others who may reasonably be expected to use their properties. When walking areas are not safe property owners must warn others of the adverse conditions. Property owners who fail to properly warn of adverse conditions may be liable if someone sustains injury due to a slip and fall on the property. Samster Konkel & Safran have experience in all types of premises liability matters and can help you seek financial compensation for your injuries.
If you have suffered from a slip and fall incident, you may need legal help in order to determine culpability. Do not make the mistake of working directly with the property owner’s insurance company, because they may attempt to limit your compensation.
Slip and Fall Statistics in Milwaukee
It is something you might not think about that often, but falls are a real – and common – hazard. In 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recorded over eight million injuries as a result of a slip, trip or fall. Additionally, the annual fatalities in 2017 resulting from a slip and fall reached 37,587. Older adults are especially at risk for serious injuries and death as a result of falls. In fact, individuals aged 65 and over are four times greater to die after a fall than other age groups. Knowing the facts and understanding how to prevent slips, trips and falls can help keep you, your neighbors and your loved ones safe.
Where Do Slips, Trips and Falls Happen Most Frequently?
Falling is an unfortunate risk of walking, which means a slip, trip or fall can happen just about anywhere. There are, however, some locations where falls tend to happen more frequently. These areas include:
- Wet surfaces
- Broken sidewalks
- High traffic areas
- Cluttered areas
- Tight spaces, such as narrow hallways
- Uneven pavement and other surfaces
- High areas without guardrails
If you are in a high-risk location, take extra precautions, such as wearing proper footwear, paying close attention to where you are stepping, and clearing away any debris if possible.
10 Ways to Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls
Whenever possible, the best course of action is to stop falls from happening in the first place. Fortunately, there are a number of steps you can take to improve the safety of your environment:
- Wipe up spills and wet surfaces right away
- Use a ladder (instead of a chair or other unstable surface) when trying to reach a tall object or area
- Keep your home and work space clutter free
- Use area and throw rugs that have non-skid rubber backing
- Use a non-skid bath mat in the shower and bathtub
- Clear floors of loose electrical and appliance cords
- Make sure your sidewalk, porch and exterior home areas are well lit
- Wear appropriate shoes
- Pick up clothes, books, shoes, toys and other tripping hazards off the floor
- Repair broken and uneven sidewalks, driveways and walkways
With a little bit of effort, you can prevent potentially debilitating injuries. Accidents can still happen, however, which is why it is important to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after a slip, trip or fall occurs. If you have been injured in a fall, call us to discuss your potential claim. You can reach us through our online contact form.
Statutes of Limitations for Slips and Falls in Wisconsin
Please note the statutes of limitation may bar recovery of damages if legal action is taken after the statutorily prescribed time period. This means that if your case is not filed within a predefined amount of time after the incident, you may not be able to claim damages at all. Contact our Milwaukee personal injury attorneys today for more information.
Slip and falls can result in significant injuries, such as painful breaks and fractures to the legs, ankles, knees and wrists. In extreme cases victims of slip and fall cases have suffered permanent loss of bodily function or even death.
We have 100+ years of combined experience and are ready to help you. If you have suffered a serious slip-and-fall accident, you may be entitled to damages. Contact us at (414) 455-1639 today to schedule your free case evaluation!