As fall sets in, the days are getting shorter and there is a chill in the air. It is a favorite time of year for many people, filled with a variety of both indoor and outdoor activities. However, with the increased rain and dark weather, it is also a good time to be aware of personal injury risks. Slips and falls are one of the most common hazards. Be alert for potential dangers and know how to protect yourself if this type of accident does occur.
Common Causes of Slips and Falls in Portland
Aside from the obvious pun, autumn is a good time of year to raise awareness of the risks regarding fall accidents. Slips and falls are one of the leading causes of personal injuries. According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), they are responsible for more than eight million hospital emergency room visits each year. Even a seemingly minor fall could result in broken bones, torn muscles and tendons, or serious head, back, and neck injuries.
Slips and falls are common at restaurants, in grocery stores, and at shopping malls. They can happen in office buildings, in public parks, and on city sidewalks. Among the leading causes include:
- Wet, slippery floors;
- Cluttered aisles and walkways;
- Torn carpeting and loose flooring tiles;
- Poor lighting;
- No handrails on steps or on heights;
- Neglected landscaping;
- A lack of warning signs in areas under construction.
What Should I Do If a Slip and Fall Accident Happens?
Under the Oregon Revised Statutes, property owners and managers have a duty to maintain their premises and to warn visitors when dangerous conditions exist. If they fail to do so, they can be held liable for injuries you suffer as a result of slip and fall accidents. When a fall does occur, it is important to do the following:
Notify the property owner or on-site security immediately. Make sure that an accident report detailing what happened is filed.
Make note of your surroundings and any witnesses present. Get their names and contact information, as their testimony could prove helpful in filing a claim.
Seek medical care as soon as possible. Even if you are not experiencing symptoms, get checked by a doctor right away. Follow all of their recommendations regarding follow up visits and activity restrictions.
Speak with our slip and fall attorneys. The property owner likely has an insurance policy in place, but getting these companies to pay is often a challenge. We can negotiate on your behalf, helping ensure you get the maximum amount you are entitled to.
Let Us Help You Today
You have only one chance to get the compensation you need to recover when a slip and fall accident happens. To avoid paying out of pocket for the medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs you incur, get the Johnston Law Firm P.C. on your side. To request a consultation, call (503) 546-3167 or contact our Portland personal injury attorneys online today.