According to the non-profit organization The National Safety Council, falls are one of the leading causes of accidental injuries in the United States today, resulting in millions of visits to emergency rooms each year. If your fall was due to someone else’s actions or negligence you may be able to recover for your injuries through a personal injury lawsuit. Common scenarios that cause falls because of someone else’s negligence include wet floors or poorly maintained facilities. In order to determine whether you have a claim, you should have the circumstances of your accident reviewed by an experienced personal injury attorney. The lawyers of Shane Smith Law are here to help you determine whether you have a case, and if you do, help you recover the highest possible settlement or award.

Accidents are bound to happen, but luckily there are steps that people can take to reduce the risk of accidental falls. The National Safety Council recommends the following:

  • Immediately clean up spills
  • Secure all cords away from areas where people walk
  • Do not walk on freshly mopped floors
  • Remove rugs or secure them with non-skid mats
  • Place items used often inaccessible areas
  • Wear shoes with good support and slip-resistant soles
  • Arrange your home in a way that allows for open paths to walk
  • Keep drawers and cabinets closed
  • Place handrails on both sides of stairwells
  • Remove all tripping hazards from floors and stairs
  • If you have young kids, place safety gates at the tops and bottoms of stairs
  • Make sure to have sufficient lighting, both inside and outside
  • Make sure gutters drive water away from walkways
  • Pay attention to the condition of walkways and stairs, and repair any issues immediately
  • Never stand on tables or chairs or on any surface with wheels

Contact a Fayette County personal injury attorney for a free consultation

If you have been injured in an accident involving a fall and you believe that someone else was at fault for your accident, you should contact an experienced personal injury accident as soon as possible. Make sure that you receive medical attention for any injuries you sustain, in order to have an official record of your injuries. In addition, be sure to record as much information about the accident as possible, and get contact information for any witnesses to the accident. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Fayette County attorneys, call Shane Smith Law today at (980) 246-2656.

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