Slip and Falls
Slips, trips, and falls occur more frequently than you might expect. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in 2016, direct medical costs associated with falls in the United States were almost $43 billion. Also, it has been reported that falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injury, and most fractures suffered by older adults are caused by falls, according to CDC. Slip-and-fall accidents can happen practically anywhere, indoors or out. When a floor is wet or slippery, or the pavement is icy or littered with loose gravel or other debris, an ambulant person may slip, lose balance, and fall (slip and fall). Falls also occur when people trip over obstacles (trip and fall), encounter sticky spots or impediments in the walking path (stump and fall), or fall when the foot meets a hole or failure in the walking surface (step and fall). If these accidents were caused due to the negligence of another, you have the right to seek compensation.
The law in Alaska provides that every business must maintain their property to avoid any unreasonably dangerous condition. This is especially true when dealing with a business owner who invites the public into his or her property. If there is something about the property that is inherently dangerous, and you are injured as a result, you have a claim. The team of lawyers at Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot Personal Injury is here to help. We have handled dozens of these claims and know what it takes to prevail. We understand the building codes and have access to human factor experts who can evaluate whether a condition was dangerous. Let us put our experience and expertise to work for you. We stand ready to help you in your time of distress.