Dangerous flooring sounds like a minor risk inside a building, but the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports floors and dangerous flooring contribute directly to more than 2 million fall injuries each year. In fact, 85 percent of all workers’ compensation claims come from workers falling from slick floors! Dangerous flooring can contribute to a number of serious injuries, so here’s what you need to know if you’re the victim of this unsafe condition.
What Is Considered a Dangerous Flooring?
Dangerous flooring is a broad term that encompasses a number of different conditions and hazards. Common dangerous flooring conditions are:
- Uneven or broken floors, sidewalks, walkways, and parking lots,
- Slippery floors due to spilled liquids, water tracked inside from the outdoors, or wax/polish,
- Ice and snow on outdoor walkways,
- Damaged, cracked, or missing stairs,
- Damaged, torn, or worn carpets,
- Unsecured or bunched up rugs and carpets causing a tripping hazard.
What Injuries Result from Dangerous Flooring?
A severe injury from a slip or trip and fall caused by dangerous flooring can result in significant injuries requiring long-term medical treatment, render a victim unable to work, and make daily activities difficult or impossible. The CDC says fall injuries are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries. In addition, victims injured by dangerous flooring have reported:
- Arm, wrist, hip, pelvis, and vertebrae fractures
- Neck and spinal cord injuries
- Back injuries
- Shoulder injuries
Falls can also be fatal – especially to elderly individuals. Thousands of people over 65 die in the United States each year as the result of a fall or complications from a fall.
What Can I Recover for My Injuries?
Dangerous flooring injuries can incur massive medical bills and wreak havoc on a victim’s mental, emotional, psychological, and financial health in the blink of an eye. Judges and juries understand negligent parties should be held liable for damages they caused you, so you may be able to recover compensation for a variety of injuries. Compensatory damages may be awarded for such harms as:
- Lost wages and lost future earning capacity,
- Medical expenses,
- Loss of consortium,
- Property damage, and
- Pain and suffering.
We will investigate your claim, retain experts to help calculate the full measure of your damages, and fight for you to recover fair compensation to make up for the harm you suffered and relieve the financial stress commonly associated with personal your injuries.
Should I Contact an Attorney About My Claim?
If you’ve been injured by a dangerous floor on someone else’s property, it’s important you speak with an attorney right away. The experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at Walch Law can help you protect your rights and fight for you to receive maximum compensation so you can focus on recovering from your injuries. Our team has been providing knowledgeable, skilled representation for clients just like you for over forty years and have recovered millions of dollars to compensate them for the harm they’ve suffered. Contact us 24/7.
The initial review is free, and you pay nothing until we win your case. Let us analyze your unique situation, answer your questions, and start working to get you maximum recovery so you can focus on getting your life back to normal.