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Premises liability can follow slip or trip and fall accidents

According to the law, property owners in New Hampshire must take responsibility for the safety of any property where the public is allowed. Such facilities must be reasonably safe and free of obvious hazards. If any known hazards exist, it must be repaired or removed, or else, property owners must post clearly visible warning signs. Failing to take due care can lead to premises liability lawsuits.

Falls can cause injuries that could range from minor stiffness to traumatic brain injury and even death. Two common causes of falls are slips and trips -- each with its own unique physics. A slippery substance on a walking surface, such as in a grocery store, can cause a slip and fall accident, which typically cause backward falls. The consequences can include traumatic brain injuries if the head strikes a hard object, as well as spinal cord, neck and back injuries, and even hip fractures, especially in older victims.

In contrast, when a person trips on an uneven walking surface or misplaced foreign object, the body typically moves forward, and the natural thing to do is to try to break the fall with one's arms and hands. For this reason, shoulder, hand and arm injuries often occur, and dislocations are also common consequences of trip and fall accidents. Most of these injuries can cause acute pain that may lead to chronic medical conditions with accompanying medical expenses, as well as loss of life enjoyment and lost wages.

Although victims can seek recovery of damages by filing premises liability lawsuits, proving that the property owners knew of the dangerous conditions and failed to do something about it can be challenging. Fortunately, there is help available for fighting this type of battle. A skilled New Hampshire premises liability attorney who is experienced in gathering the evidence needed to establish negligence can navigate the claim on behalf of a slip and fall or trip and fall accident victim.

Source: bisociety.org, "The Level of Pain & Injury from Slip and Fall Accidents", Jacob Masters, Accessed on Jan. 13, 2017

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