Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents in Rhode Island
In 2020, there were over 211,640 nonfatal slips, trips, and falls reported to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. An additional 850 work-related falls resulted in tragic deaths in the same year.
Slip and fall accidents are often preventable. Unsafe floors are the most common property hazard to result in a slip, trip, or fall, according to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI).
Common causes of slip and fall accidents include:
- Broken or poorly maintained stairways
- Cluttered walkways
- Icy or snowy surfaces
- Inadequate handrails
- Inadequate signage
- Loose flooring or carpeting
- Poor lighting
- Uneven flooring or surfaces
- Wet or slippery surfaces
In many cases, slip and fall accidents are due to a failure to maintain public areas of passage properly, like parking lots, inside of businesses, or even around the outside of someone’s home.
In these instances, it is typically the property owner, business owner, or homeowner who is legally responsible for the injuries sustained on their property.
Why Can You Sue Over a Slip & Fall Injury?
Property owners and renters have a legal responsibility to ensure the safety of everyone who lawfully enters their building or land.
However, if their negligence results in unsafe conditions that cause you to be injured, you may be able to sue for slipping and falling.
In slip and fall cases, the property owner had to have:
- Created a dangerous condition or was aware of a hazard on their property
- Had enough time to notice and address the hazard on their property
- Failed to repair or properly warn visitors about these dangers
Rhode Island premises liability claims hold owners or renters responsible for failing to maintain their property.
In most states, these legal protections do not extend to trespassers who get injured on someone else’s property.
Unfortunately, slip and fall cases are notoriously complex. However, our experienced Rhode Island slip and fall attorneys can help you navigate the justice system and file your claim.
Rhode Island Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip and fall accidents can cause various injuries, ranging from minor scratches to paralysis and even death. The trauma from accidents like these can be both physical and emotional in nature.
Your legal team will often assess the extent of your injuries in order to fight for the most compensation possible in your case.
Common slip and fall injuries include:
- Bone fractures
- Bruising and contusions
- Cuts and lacerations
- Emotional trauma and distress
- Head and facial injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Torn ligaments and tendons
It’s crucial to seek medical care after a slip and fall injury. Once serious health concerns have been addressed, you should report the fall and ask for a copy of the incident report. Photographing the hazard that led to your injury can also serve as important evidence.
At Sokolove Law, our Rhode Island slip and fall attorneys have spent decades helping those who were hurt due to the negligence of others get justice. Let us put our experience to work for you.
Call (800) 995-1212 now to see if you may be able to file a slip and fall lawsuit in Rhode Island. It costs nothing to speak with us.
How to File a Rhode Island Slip and Fall Lawsuit
Property owners have a duty to maintain a reasonably safe environment for visitors and patrons. If they fail to do so and you are injured as a result, you may be able to pursue compensation from a Rhode Island slip and fall lawsuit.
If you have a case, our slip and fall attorneys in Rhode Island will handle every step of the legal process for you, so you can focus on your health and recovery.
Below are the steps to filing a slip and fall lawsuit in Rhode Island.
1. Contact Sokolove Law
At Sokolove Law, we provide all potential clients with a free case review to determine if they may be eligible to file a Rhode Island slip and fall claim.
During this time, we’ll ask you a few questions about your injury, so we can better understand the specifics of your situation.
2. We’ll Gather Evidence to Support Your Case
If you have a case, we’ll collect evidence to show your injuries were caused by the property owner's negligence, including:
- Medical records
- Incident reports
- Photos or videos
- Witness statements
Our on-staff investigators have the resources necessary to examine all of the factors that may have contributed to your fall.
3. We'll File Your Rhode Island Slip and Fall Claim
Your Rhode Island slip and fall lawsuit must be filed within the statute of limitations, which is a set of laws that limit how long you have to file a claim.
Once these deadlines pass, you won’t be able to file a claim or pursue compensation for your injuries ever again.
Call Sokolove Law as soon as possible at (800) 995-1212, so you don’t miss out on money you deserve.
4. We'll Negotiate a Slip and Fall Settlement on Your Behalf
Our attorneys will try to negotiate a Rhode Island slip and fall settlement with the defendant(s), which may include the property owner or their insurance company.
If your injury happens while on the job, we may also be able to help you pursue workers’ compensation.
If a settlement isn’t reached, your RI slip and fall lawyer is prepared to present your case in trial and fight for a verdict on your behalf.
Slip & Fall Injury Settlements in Rhode Island
At Sokolove Law, our attorneys have recovered over $9.1 Billion on behalf of our clients across the country, including many impacted by slip and fall accidents in Rhode Island.
Slip and fall settlements are often paid for by property owners or their general liability insurance providers. However, settlement amounts vary based on the facts of each individual case, including your medical bills, the severity of injuries, and more.
A few of our past Rhode Island slip and fall lawsuit settlements include:
- $450,000 for a Providence woman whose husband passed after suffering brain injuries from a fall
- $250,000 to a woman in Woonsocket who fell due to a loose banister and had to have back surgery
- $145,000 for a Cranston woman who fell down the stairs and broke her arm
- $135,000 to a woman in West Greenwich who needed a knee replacement after slipping on icy stairs
- $130,000 for a Rhode Island man who fell at a friend’s house and broke his ankle
While there’s no guarantee of success in any case, our Rhode Island slip and fall lawyers will fight to get you the most compensation possible.
Compensation from a slip and fall claim can help pay for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, funeral services, and more.
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Our Rhode Island slip and fall attorneys have secured millions for families locally and nationally. Let us get you the money you deserve.
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Let Our Rhode Island Slip and Fall Attorneys Fight for You
At Sokolove Law, we know that an unexpected accident can lead to serious physical injuries that may have a lifelong impact.
Our compassionate Rhode Island slip and fall attorneys are dedicated to holding those responsible for your suffering accountable. Throughout the legal process, we’ll work to make things as stress-free as possible for you and your family.
There are no upfront costs or hourly fees to work with our team. We only get paid if you do, so there’s no financial risk to taking legal action.
Let us fight for the compensation you deserve. Call (800) 995-1212 or fill out our contact form now for a free case review.
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Rhode Island Slip and Fall Injury Accident Lawyer FAQs
Can you sue for a slip and fall in Rhode Island?
You may be able to sue for slipping and falling if your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence.
Typically, lawsuits can be filed against a property owner or renter if they were aware of a hazard on the property but did not take the steps necessary to address it or warn visitors about it.
Our Rhode Island slip and fall accident lawyers can help you figure out your eligibility for free. Call (800) 995-1212 now to get started.
What influences Rhode Island slip and fall settlement amounts?
Factors that affect slip and fall injury settlement amounts in Rhode Island include:
- Extent of current and future medical expenses
- Impact of injury on the ability to work and earn an income
- Insurance company policy limits
- Pain and suffering
- Severity of injuries
- Strength of evidence
- Whether the injured party is found partially at fault
Our Rhode Island slip and fall attorneys will take all of these factors into account when negotiating a settlement on your behalf, so you can receive the compensation you deserve.
What is the premises liability law in Rhode Island?
The premises liability law in Rhode Island places responsibility on property owners and renters to ensure the safety of people who lawfully enter their property.
If you slipped and fell on someone else's property in Rhode Island, you may be able to secure compensation from a premises liability slip and fall claim that can help pay for your care and more.
What is the statute of limitations for slip and fall injuries in RI?
The statute of limitations for Rhode Island slip and fall injuries is 3 years after your accident.
Once this time passes, you won’t be able to take legal action for your injuries again, so it’s important to get in touch with a Rhode Island slip and fall attorney as soon as possible.
Do you need a lawyer to sue for a slip and fall in Rhode Island?
It is highly recommended to hire a lawyer for a slip and fall case, as premise liability lawsuits are notoriously complex.
By working with an experienced attorney, you may improve your chances of getting compensation and holding the property owner responsible for your suffering accountable.
If you believe your injury was caused by a property owner’s negligence, fill out our contact form for a free, no-obligation case review.
How much does a Rhode Island slip and fall attorney charge?
At Sokolove Law, there are no hourly fees or out-of-pocket costs to work with our slip and fall attorneys in Rhode Island.
We work on a contingency-fee-basis, which means we only get paid if your case results in compensation.
Call (800) 995-1212 now to find out if you may be eligible for a slip and fall lawsuit. It costs nothing to speak with us.
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Local Rhode Island Areas We Serve
While Sokolove Law helps people throughout the country, we provide our services to people across the entire state of Rhode Island as well.
Sokolove Law serves locations across Rhode Island, including:
- Central Falls
- East Greenwich
- East Providence
- Little Compton
- New Shoreham
- North Kingstown
- North Providence
- North Smithfield
- South Kingstown
- West Greenwich
- West Warwick
- And more
Rhode Island Zip Codes We Serve
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