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Injuries from falls cause more than 8 million emergency room visits each year

While some falls may cause little more than a few bumps and bruises, many cause much more serious injuries, including broken bones, debilitating back injuries, head trauma and even death, particularly among the elderly. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the leading cause of accident injury deaths among people 65 and older.

Whether you are 8 or 80, if your fall was caused by the failure of an owner to maintain the property in a safe and secure manner, you have the right to receive compensation for your injury. Baker & Baker is a personal injury and premises liability law firm in Pensacola, Florida, with an AV® rating — an honor awarded by our peers for our high degree of professional performance and dedication to ethics. As lawyers representing the injured, we have helped people throughout the Gulf region file premises liability claims and successfully recover damages for:

  • Medical bills
  • Future medical care
  • Lost wages

Slip and fall or trip and fall: Is there a difference?

A falling accident is sometimes referred to as a “slip and fall.” While we don’t often experience icy sidewalks in this part of the country, slips can and do occur in places from grocery stores and hotel lobbies to apartment stairs and office hallways. The culprit often is a wet floor that hasn’t been cordoned off or marked with warning signs, or an area where spills have not been cleaned up.

Actually, it’s more common for somebody to trip and fall. A trip and fall accident generally happens where a floor, stair tread or other walking surface is broken or uneven. Loose or ripped carpets, unmarked curbs and debris in aisles or hallways also create dangerous conditions that can lead to serious injuries.

If an unsafe condition has injured you, get medical attention — and the skilled legal representation – you need as soon as possible.

Other types of premises liability issues

Falls may be the most common reason for a premises liability claim, but they are not the only one. Other types of accidents related to unsafe property include:

  • Elevator and escalator accidents. Defective or poorly maintained equipment can lead to severe injuries. Sudden stops or acceleration, malfunctioning doors, emergency controls that don’t work, gaps between steps or between the door and the floor can create hazards.
  • Dog bites. Dog owners are required to control their animals and warn that an animal is dangerous.
  • Negligent security. Properties that are not adequately lit or secured, including everything from parking lots to strip malls, can create opportunities for assaults, rapes, holdups or even murder.
  • Fire hazards. Building and fire code violations, defective smoke detectors and fire alarms, and inaccessible or unmarked fire exits can lead to tragedy.
  • Deck collapses. Any raised structure attached to a building, whether a deck or a balcony, must be properly built and maintained.
  • Falling merchandise. Grocery stores and other retail establishments are required to adequately and safely secure merchandise on shelves.

Schedule a free consultation with our AV®-rated premises liability law firm today

If you or a family member has been injured because of a property owner’s negligence, you deserve compensation for the harm you have suffered. To discuss your case with one of our attorneys, please contact us online or call us at 850-316-8247.

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