Even if a hotel or other business is at fault for a slip and fall accident involving a senior, its staff may try to blame the fall on the victim’s age.

Obstacles Seniors Face When Attempting to Prove Liability in Hotel Slip and Fall Accidents

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No matter how you look at it, some hazards are dangerous to anyone, no matter what their age. For instance, a hole in a rug, a broken step, and a weak handrail can potentially endanger the life of anyone who happens to go near them. However, when a senior becomes injured at a hotel or other business due to negligence on the property owner’s part, chances are the blame will be placed on the victim due to his or her age.

Every year, millions of adults age 65 and older fall and injure themselves. Furthermore, falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among seniors. In 2013, 2.5 million nonfatal falls of older adults were treated in emergency departments, and over 734,000 of these patients were hospitalized. Because of the prevalence of falls in seniors’ lives, many are quick to blame them when they experience slip and fall accidents.

Why Seniors May Have Difficulty Proving Their Innocence

Before you walk into a Seattle courtroom to seek compensation for a fall, you’ll need to know what you’re up against. The attorney for the property owner may try to blame your fall on a pre-existing health condition such as:

  • A physical injury or impairment. If you suffered from a broken leg or hip from a previous experience, the property owner may attempt to blame those pre-existing problems for the injuries you suffered at his hotel or other place of business. His attorney may also claim that osteoporosis is to blame for your broken bones, and not the accident that occurred because of his negligence.
  • Memory loss or confusion. Some are quick to believe that all seniors suffer some form of dementia. An attorney may try to convince a judge or jury that you suffer from a mental condition that contributed to the accident when, in fact, it didn’t.

Are You Prepared to Fight This Battle Alone?

Facing a prosecutor alone and defending your innocence is difficult for anyone, no matter what your age. Instead of trying to win your case by yourself, allow an experienced attorney to do the work for you. The Andrew Kim Law Firm wants to fight for you. Call us today at 800.636.3676 to learn how.

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