When shopping at a store, walking down the sidewalk or visiting any public place, there is a reasonable expectation of safety. Most people do not consider their risk for injury when they are doing normal activities, such as shopping or running errands, but the reality is that there could be an elevated risk for slip-and-fall accidents. These types of events are more common and cause more significant injuries than many realize.
One of the most common reasons for these events is poor flooring conditions. When a property owner does not maintain the floors of a property, it can result in unseen hazards, such as uneven flooring pieces, slippery surfaces, unsecured flooring and other problems that can significantly increase the chance of a fall. If you fell while in a public place or even on privately owned property, it is possible that you are a victim of factors beyond your control, and you may have grounds to pursue legal action against the New Mexico property owner.
Facts about falls
Falls can range in injuries that can include everything from minor bruising to severe spinal cord damage. It is impossible to predict the possible effects of even a small amount of water on the floor or other unseen hazards. Statistics indicate that women are more likely than men to be victims of slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accidents. Other factors about these types of accidents include:
- Slip-and-fall accidents account for more than one million hospital visits each year.
- Approximately 8% of fall victims experience fractures, the most serious being hip fractures.
- Flooring materials and the conditions of floors contribute to more than two million fall injuries each year.
- Approximately 22% of all fall accidents resulted in victims requiring an average of 31 days away from work.
After a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident, it is critical that you receive prompt medical care. The extent of your injuries may not be immediately apparent, and it is important to have medical records and documentation.
Your rights as a victim
If you are the victim of a slip-and-fall accident that took place as a result of the negligence of a property owner, you have the right to seek appropriate compensation through a premises liability claim. An assessment of your case will help you understand the legal options that may be available to you. As soon as possible after a fall, you will benefit from taking quick action to seek care and fight for the recovery you need and deserve.