Slip & Fall Attorney Washington DC, Maryland, & Virginia
Slip and fall, or trip and fall, accidents can result in serious injuries and can require the involvement of a slip and fall accident attorney. Slip and fall accidents happen every day in Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia. These accidents may be caused by the neglect of a property owner to either clean or place caution of a spill or slippery situation where people frequent. Sprains, tears, and broken bones are some of the most common injuries that result from slip and fall accidents.
A majority of falls occur on the same level that a slip or trip takes place. A “slip” occurs where there is not enough traction between the footwear and the walking surface. A “trip” occurs when a person collides with an object and loses balance as a result of that collision. Both slips and trips can result in falls that cause injuries. Conditions that pose the risk of slip and fall may include, but are not limited to:
- Wet or oily floors
- Poorly Maintained Walkways
- Weather Hazards
- Unsafe or broken stairways
- Loose handrails
- Unguarded manholes
- Uneven flooring
- Unsafe construction site conditions
- Poor lighting
- Obstructed view
Property owners aren’t liable every time a person happens to fall on their properties, and slip and fall cases can also be quite complex. Generally, for a property owner to be liable for a slip and fall injury, there usually must be some evidence of a defect or a dangerous condition on the property that caused the fall. This can be any kind of condition that is unsafe, or poses an unacceptable risk of harm to a person who is lawfully on the property. Often, expert testimony from an engineer, or safety expert, will be needed to prove how the defective condition was dangerous, how long the dangerous condition existed, and whether any steps were taken by the property owner to make the conditions safe were enough.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you need a slip and fall lawyer right away. Experienced slip and fall lawyers like those at Cohen & Cohen, P.C. know that in a slip and fall case, time is of the essence. Once a person has been hurt as the result of a dangerous condition, most owners will act quickly to fix the problem. This means that evidence of the dangerous condition will be destroyed. That is why experienced trip and fall attorneys act immediately to preserve evidence of the condition.
So don’t wait. If you’ve been hurt in a slip and fall in Washington, DC, Maryland or Northern Virginia, call Cohen & Cohen, P.C. to speak with a slip and fall attorney today.