When we visit a residence, pass through a property, or patronize a business, we never think about the potential hazards that may be around us. We simply assume that the properties we visit will be reasonably taken care of, and will be free from any dangers. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. When property owners fail to maintain their premises, any number of unseen hazards can lead to a devastating slip and fall accident.
Sadly, these accidents often take a terrible toll on their victims, and on victims’ family members. The National Safety Council reports that falls rank among the leading causes of injuries in the United States, and send nearly 9 million people to the Emergency Room each year on average. Slip and fall accidents can cause lifelong physical damage and terrible emotional trauma, which are often hugely expensive to treat and care for.
When you are exhausted from coping with physical pain, emotional stress, and financial hardship, it can seem like an impossible feat to stand up against greedy insurance companies and the parties at fault for your accident. Fortunately, you don’t have to struggle for justice and compensation on your own. Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law has nearly 20 years of experience handling a broad spectrum of personal injury cases, including slip and fall accidents caused by a wide variety of property maintenance issues. If you or someone you love was hurt in an Arkansas slip and fall accident caused by another party’s carelessness, you deserve financial compensation — and priceless peace of mind. Our personal injury firm may be able to help. To arrange for a private consultation, or if you simply have questions, call Ken Kieklak today at (479) 316-0438.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents in Arkansas
Slip and fall cases are extremely common, because they are not restricted to any particular demographic, geography, or industry. Slip and fall can affect anybody, and can be caused by numerous property hazards. Some of the more common causes of slip and fall accidents include:
- Loose Wires, Cords, and Cables
- Wobbly or Broken Railings
- Weakened or Holey Flooring
- Ice and Snow
- Uneven or Broken Sidewalks
- Defective Stairs or Ladders
- Spills and Wet Patches
Insufficient lighting is also a major contributor to slip and fall accidents, even when the floor or ground itself may be stable.
Arkansas Slip and Fall Injury Statistics
The National Safety Health Council reports that in 2009 alone, fall accidents were responsible for approximately 25,000 fatalities: that’s nearly 70 preventable deaths on a daily basis. While slip and fall can affect anybody, people who are aged 65 are older are at especially high risk of sustaining injury or being killed. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), among older adults in 2010:
- 2.3 million fall accidents led to the Emergency Department.
- Falls are the leading cause of TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury).
- Falls are the leading cause of nonfatal injury and death.
Falls or slip and fall accidents often lead to serious injuries. Some of the more common injuries resulting from slip and fall include:
- Broken Noses
- Foot or Ankle Injuries
- Hand or Wrist Injuries
- Back Injuries
- Bone Fractures
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
An Arkansas Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer Can Help You
Any of these injuries can result in immense pain, psychological distress, and months or years of lost income. In the worst instances, the injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident can cause long-term or permanent damage, or even wrongful death. These accidents do not only hurt their victims: they also impose terrible suffering on the family members and loved ones of the victims and survivors. Property owners and operators have a responsibility to keep their lands, buildings, and other premises reasonably free of dangers and safety hazards. If a property owner knows about a potential danger on their premises, fails to remove or repair the hazard, and an innocent party is injured or killed as a result, that owner may be legally liable.
To discuss your accident confidentially with an experienced Arkansas slip and fall injury lawyer, call Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law at (479) 316-0438 or contact us online. If you’ve been hurt, we may be able to help.