A 52 year old man fell while cleaning a chimney on Lady’s Island, South Carolina.  He later died from his injuries at the Medical University of Charleston.  It is unclear if he worked for a specific company or was hired as an outside contractor.  The South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation is investigating the incident.

The National Safety Council states that there were 7.9 million injuries caused by slip and fall accidents in the United States in 2007.  Of those, 21,700 Americans died from their injuries.  Most slip and fall injuries occurred to a person’s back, shoulder, elbow, wrist, and or knee.  These slip and fall injuries resulted, on average, costing the individual over $28,000.

Slip and fall accidents can happen just about anywhere, in your own home, at your local grocery store, escalators, or just walking down the street.  In some instances, the injured person may be able to recoup damages if the property owner can be found negligent or at fault for the accident.  According to FindLaw.com, a property owner must act carefully to prevent dangerous conditions that cause slip and fall accidents.  These dangerous conditions can include:

  • torn carpeting
  • changes in flooring heights
  • poor lighting
  • narrow stairs
  • wet floors
  • broken or cracked sidewalks
  • hidden hazards, such as a pothole

In order to prevent these dangerous conditions, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (www.osha.gov) recommends keeping floors clean and dry, putting out wet floor signs when the floors are wet, maintaining clear aisles, passageways, and stairwells, and making sure walkways are in good condition.

In order to have a personal injury case, the injured party must prove that the property owner knew about the dangerous condition prior to the accident.  This can be proven in three ways.  First, if the property owner created the dangerous condition.  Second, if the property owner knew the condition existed and carelessly failed to correct to it.  Or third, if the condition existed for such a length of time that the property owner should have discovered it before the accident occurred.

It is important to note that should you slip and fall, you should seek medical treatment immediately even if you feel alright.  Some injuries may take time for you to actually feel them.  If the property owner is found to be at fault for your injuries, you may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, rehabilitation expenses, lost wages, lowered quality of life or lessened mobility, pain and suffering, personal property damages, and legal representation expenses.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, please contact the Kerr Law Firm at 843-785-3330 for a free consultation.  You can also email us at info@kerrlf.com.  We would be happy to assist you with your case.