A Slip and Fall Can Occur Anywhere and Not Just in a Commercial Establishment
Interviewer: Do these only occur at grocery or retail stores or can a slip and fall happen on someone’s property?
Richard Sailer: A slip and fall can occur anywhere including your own home. In terms of the notice requirements and liability, I think that there is probably a more prevalence of it happening in retail locations just because of the foot traffic and the volume of people that go through.
There is No Key Demographic for Slip and Fall Cases in California
Interviewer: Is there a key demographic to slip and fall cases?
Richard Sailer: It’s across the board. It’s usually people that are just running in to buy just one or two items. They are in more of a rush and maybe not looking around or just distracted. Typically, if you’re pushing a shopping cart, you’re moving slow enough to avoid falling. If you do lose your balance, you might be able to regain your balance because you have your hands on a shopping cart. The higher percentage of the cases that we see is when somebody has something in their hand; they have a bag of apples or a gallon of milk, and just trying to get to the register and they come around the corner, step on something, and go sliding.
Younger People Tend to Be More Resilient and Bounce Back from Slip and Fall Accidents
Interviewer: What about age wise? Do you see more older people or younger people from these accidents?
Richard Sailer: I don’t see an age differentiation typically. The injuries are usually a lot more significant if you’re dealing with somebody that’s older than a younger person. Younger people are more resilient and typically bounce back and don’t make a big deal of it. Contrastingly, someone who is older could suffer the same fall and have significant injuries.
Older People Can Sustain Lasting Permanent Injuries from a Slip and Fall Accident
Interviewer: Is it harder for old people to recover from the slip and fall injury?
Richard Sailer: Most definitely, their body is not resilient as it would have been in their younger age –their bones become more brittle and their ability to rehabilitate themselves is diminished. As a result, they can have more lasting and permanent injuries.