Slip and falls can happen almost anywhere, including work, church, hotels, grocery stores, and restaurants. In many situations, the victim of a slip and fall is on someone else’s property when the accident occurs. A slip and fall accident victim can take legal action against the property owner or against the renter occupying the property if this owner or renter was negligent about warning adequately about a fall hazard or correcting it in a timely fashion.
When you are at someone’s property or out in a public location, certain factors increase your chances of slipping and falling. Common reasons for slip and fall accidents include:
Many slip and fall accidents can be prevented with proper maintenance and by exercising reasonable care in making a property safe for visitors. If there are hazards that cannot be fixed or corrected, the property owner or renter needs to adequately warn visitors of the hazard.
When you are hurt in a slip and fall, the amount of money you can recover from the property owner or renter who was responsible for the accident will vary depending upon how badly you were hurt. Common injuries that result from slip and fall accidents include:
Fractures. NFSI reports that falls cause 87 percent of bone fractures in adults ages 65 and up. Hip fractures are a common result of slip and falls among the elderly, but anyone of any age can break a bone in a fall.
Death. The CDC reports that falls are the top cause of death for adults ages 65 and up. Children are especially vulnerable to death as a result of a slip and fall, although anyone can suffer fatal injuries in slip and fall accidents.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Hitting your head in a fall can cause you to develop this condition, which causes ongoing cognitive impairment, mood changes, seizures, and other symptoms. The consequences of a brain injury from a fall can be very severe. An estimated 46 percent of fall-related deaths in 2000 occurred due to TBI, according to the CDC.
Spinal cord injury. NFSI reports that falls are the second most common cause of spinal cord damage in adults over the age of 65. Anyone who falls on their back could potentially damage the spinal cord and experience full or partial paralysis.
Neck, shoulder, and back injuries. These injuries can include damage to the soft tissues including the muscles, joints, and ligaments. Strains, sprains, and herniated discs can result from fall injuries.
Knee injuries. Injuries to the knee from a fall may include damage to soft tissues including sprains, strains, and tears.
Slip and fall injuries can have serious consequences and you may be forced to undergo lengthy and expensive medical treatments and rehabilitation. Your ability to work may be affected and you may experience ongoing pain.
The law allows you to be “made whole” for these losses. You can seek compensation for all of the costs and consequences of fall accidents including payment of medical bills, lost income/wages, pain and suffering damages, and emotional distress damages. If the fall leads to a death, then surviving family members can also recover compensation for loss of companionship and other wrongful death damages. Call an experienced personal injury lawyer today.