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The Big Boom: Causes Of Trip, Slip, and Fall Injuries and Your Unexpected Shame

You never remember the fall itself. It all happens too fast.

We call it the Big Boom. One moment you’re fine, and the next, you have fallen to the floor. Boom.

The Big Boom means a number of other things, too. There is the immediate shock of pain. There is the embarrassment that comes from slamming onto the floor in public. And, later on, you start to brood about what happened, and you feel shame about the question that you will ask yourself time and time again—the question the insurance company tries to make its first line of defense:

“Why didn’t you look where you were going?”

A Slip & Fall Isn’t Always Your Fault

Why did you fall? At Holland & Usry, we know the answer to that is often as honest as it is simple—you fell because you trusted the store to keep its aisle safe so you could look at the shelves.

As with all personal injury cases, these cases are about safety, not your embarrassment. To win a Spartanburg slip and fall or trip and fall case, the victim has to prove the property owner either created a dangerous condition causing the fall, or knew about or should have known of the dangerous condition and failed to fix it.

Common causes of Spartanburg trip and fall or slip and fall injuries include:

  • Messy aisles. If you’re so busy dodging clutter in the aisle as you try to shop at the toy store, you might just miss the light colored marble on the floor.
  • Unmarked, unseen wet spots. These hidden dangers are a disaster waiting to happen. Stores are responsible for policing their aisles to find these dangers, clean them up, and put up attention-focusing signs to alert customers of the danger.
  • Unsafe floor mats. If it’s taped down, the store knows it will roll up, which could trip an unsuspecting customer. And no one looks at the floor when they walk in a store.
  • Stairway hazards. Rickety stairs, loose stair railings, badly lit stairwells and hallways, and loose floor coverings on stairs can all lead to nasty tumble.

Can you get the settlement you deserve for your injuries?

It can be very hard for a customer to convince a store’s insurance company he can prove the store allowed its floors or other areas to become dangerous. The insurance adjuster is likely to offer you far less than you need for a complete recovery, and will prey upon your sense of shame in order to coerce you to accept their tiny settlement.

At Holland & Usry, our Spartanburg slip, trip, and fall attorneys can help show that an accident was the fault of the store to get you the money to cover the costs of your injuries. If you’ve been hurt from a trip or slip, call us today at 864.582.0416 or toll-free at 877.230.1841 for a free meeting to discuss your potential claim.

Rob Usry
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Rob is a South Carolina personal injury and criminal defense lawyer.

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