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Could a Slip and Fall Accident Result in Wrongful Death? The Answer May Surprise You!

Whenever you walk onto someone else’s property, you put your safety into that person’s hands. You want to trust that the premises, whether it’s a home or a business, is safe and that you won’t become injured. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case.

Deadly Slip and Fall Injuries

When people think about what can happen in a slip and fall accident in Texas, minor injuries often come to mind. Sprained ankles, fractured bones, lacerations, and bumps and bruises are a few of the injuries that victims can suffer, but they also experience many more, some of which are severe and can become fatal. Some of the most serious injuries that can occur because of an accident include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries. Experiencing a forceful blow to the head or hitting the head on the floor or ground after falling can cause severe brain damage. The damage can result in immediate death, or can cause a coma that eventually ends fatally.
  • Internal injuries. Bone fractures that damage an organ can lead to organ failure or significant blood loss that could be fatal. Additionally, other types of internal injuries can result in a victim’s death after an accident.
  • Infection. Lacerations, fractures, and other injuries can cause infection to occur throughout the body, which can eventually lead to sepsis. This extreme infection occurs when bacteria enters the bloodstream, and is difficult to treat. Along with tissue damage and organ failure, sepsis can also cause death.
  • Spinal cord injury. Landing hard on an object or the ground can cause a fracture in the spinal cord. Depending on where the fracture is located, a number of different problems can occur. Some injuries are minor, while others can cause paralysis. If the injury occurs in the upper back or in the neck and prevents the victim from being able to breathe, it can be fatal.

Common Slip and Fall Accident Scenarios

Slip and fall accidents in Texas occur for many different reasons. They can occur at your neighbor’s, the local gym, the hospital, or even a nursing home. Common causes of fatal slip and fall accidents include:

  • Weather conditions. Snow, ice, and rain can make previously safe conditions dangerous and potentially life-threatening. Property owners who fail to treat the areas appropriately can be held liable if someone becomes fatally injured.
  • Uneven or poorly cared for surfaces. Torn carpeting, parking lot pot holes, cluttered floors, defective sidewalks, poorly constructed staircases, and loose floorboards can cause victims to experience deadly slip and fall accident injuries. If the tenant or property owner knew about the problems, or should have known about them, he could be held responsible for the accident.
  • Wet floors. Recently mopped or waxed floors at a shopping mall, grocery store, friend’s house, or other location can cause a nasty spill that results in a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury. If the person responsible doesn’t provide the proper warning for the dangerous area, such as a floor sign, he may be held liable.
  • Poorly lit areas. A dark parking lot, alley, hallway, or staircase could become extremely dangerous if the proper lighting isn’t provided. Tenants or patrons can experience fatal injuries if they are unable to see potentially deadly situations ahead of them, such as broken steps or holes in the carpeting.

Fighting Alone Is Dangerous and Futile

When your loved one dies because of someone’s negligence, you need to take action. Fighting on your own, however, will likely end in disappointment. When you hire an Austin wrongful death attorney from Wayne Wright, you increase your chances of getting justice for your loved one’s death. Contact us today by calling 800-237-3334 and talk to a legal professional about your situation. Please warn your friends and family about these potentially fatal situations by sharing this article on your Twitter or Facebook pages. You never know; doing so could save someone’s life.