Slips and falls are a leading cause of personal injury each year. There are numerous hazards that can lead to slip and fall accidents, but one of the most common is wet floors. It is a property owner’s responsibility to clean up wet floors as soon as possible, or to alert people of the hazard until it can be corrected.
When a property owner’s reckless or negligent behavior leads to a slip or fall accident involving wet floors, that person or party can be held liable for resulting injuries and any damages related to injuries. At Reed & Terry, LLP, headquartered in Sugar Land, TX, our attorneys can assist injury victims in getting the maximum compensation they are due for accident damages.
Premises Liability Laws
Nearly all personal injury lawsuits involving slip and fall accidents and wet floors fall under the category of premises liability negligence. Premises liability laws hold property owners accountable for maintaining the general safety of their property so that invited guests (including consumers at a place of business) are not harmed by hazardous conditions.
To prove that a slip and fall accident involving wet floors qualifies as a premises liability claim, our attorneys must demonstrate three things:
- The property owner was aware that the floor was wet (or reasonably should have been aware)
- The property owner neglected to address the hazard by either failing to clean up the water or failing to place proper warning signs
- An accident occurred as a result of the property owner’s negligence
Injuries from Slips and Falls
Most people don’t think of slips and falls as very serious accidents, but they can actually be extremely damaging. Slips and falls are particularly harmful for individuals who are already susceptible to injury, such as the elderly. Some of the injuries that may be sustained by our Sugar Land clients involved in a slip or fall accident include:
- Broken bones
- Back injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Head or neck injury
Compensation for Damages
Physical injuries and the pain they cause are only one source of loss for slip and fall victims. Our clients may require extensive medical treatment. Medical treatment for slips and falls can be costly, especially if injuries are severe.
In addition, injury victims may need to take time off of work while they are being treated. Lost income and medical bills can put a significant financial strain on our clients. In many cases, these strains are temporary, but some injury victims suffer long-term injuries that leave them unable to return to their previous line of work or unable to work altogether.
When our attorneys are demonstrating damages so that our clients can be justly compensated, we consider all avenues of loss, including:
- Physical pain
- Emotional suffering
- Cost of medical bills, present and future
- Lost wages
- Loss of wage-earning potential
If you have been injured in a slip or fall accident due to a wet floor, you may be due financial compensation for your losses. To learn more about premises liability law and your best course of legal action, contact us online at your earliest convenience or call (281) 201-0988.