Recently, Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon took an unexpected two week absence from his hosting duties. As he explained in excruciating detail upon his return, Fallon tripped over a rug in his kitchen. He attempted to catch his fall with his hand and wound up separating tendons within his skin when his ring got caught on a counter. He wound up spending 10 days in the ICU recovering from a complicated 6-hour microsurgery that involved transplanting a vein from his foot to his finger in order to save it.
Fallon, like plenty of actors and performers over the years who have tripped and fell for our amusement on camera, tried to make light of his ordeal after the fact. The reality, however, is that many trips and fall or slips and falls are anything but funny and result in thousands of serious injuries every year. Broken bones, skull fractures, and spinal injuries are just of the few the traumas that can befall those who wind up hitting the ground as a result of slipping or tripping. For seniors, these falls can lead to even worse consequences.
While Fallon’s injury was the result of a freak accident in his own home, many if not most of these incidents and injuries happen outside of the home and could have been avoided. Icy and unsalted sidewalks, uneven sidewalks, poor lighting, unaddressed spills, and slippery pavement on property that someone else had a duty to maintain are just some of the reasons that can form the basis of a claim for damages arising out of a slip or trip and fall.
“Premises liability” is the legal concept behind holding property owners responsible for injuries that happened due to their failure to maintain their property in a safe condition. To prove that the owner was “negligent” and therefore liable for the injury, the person who fell must show that the property owner owed visitors a duty of care and subsequently failed to live up to this duty by failing to care for their property as a reasonable person would under the same circumstances. Additionally, the injured party must prove that he was indeed injured and that the owner’s breach of the duty of care caused the injuries.
Slips and falls can occur in a variety of places in any number of conditions. Examples include:
- Falls in grocery stores after workers cleaned a spill without sufficiently marking the area;
- Falls by restaurant patrons after tripping over napkins, utensils, and food left on dining room floors;
- Falls down uneven or defective stairs;
- Falls on poorly maintained or installed sidewalks, such as ones with raised slabs or cracks
Consult With an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney Who Can Evaluate Your Slip and Fall Case
Not every fall will lead to a serious injury nor will every fall lead to a claim for damages. But if you’ve been injured as a result of a trip or slip and fall on someone else’s property, you should seek out experienced counsel who can thoroughly evaluate the circumstances of your accident and make a thoughtful evaluation of your situation.
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If you or a loved one has been injured, please give me a call at (912) 265-9811 for a free consultation to discuss your situation. Together, we will figure out what happened, what we can do, and how we can take every possible step to bring you the comfort and compensation that can aid in your recovery.
This article has been prepared by J. Alan Welch Law for informational purposes only and does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice from an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction.