When most people imagine a slip-and-fall accident, they imagine people hitting their butts on the floor, dusting themselves off and going on their way. In reality, as people age, the body becomes less resilient to this kind of trauma. What might have been cause for gentle teasing and laughter in your teen and college years can actually cause serious physical injuries to older adults.
Slip-and-fall accidents can result in broken bones, head and brain injuries, spinal damage or even nerve damage caused by Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, which can have a lifelong effect the injured person.
When you slip and fall while in a business, most times that business is liable for your injuries. Was the floor wet or were the stairs uneven? Was there precipitation accumulating in the foyer? Whatever the reason, if you have suffered a slip-and-fall injury, you should speak with an experienced California personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Slip-and-fall injuries are all too common
Slip-and-fall injuries are a leading cause of emergency room visits, with over 1 million serious slip-and-fall injuries reported at emergency rooms each year. Sometimes, these injuries happen while you’re working, in which case you may need to file a claim for workers’ compensation and an incident report with your employer. In other cases, your slip-and-fall happens when you are patronizing a business. You enter, intending to make a purchase or speak with someone, and end up seeking medical care because you’ve been seriously injured.
Between medical costs, including trauma care, painkillers, bone setting or even surgeries and lost wages while you recover, a simple slip-and-fall accident can be quite expensive and have long-lasting effects on your finances and quality of life. An attorney can review the details of your slip-and-fall accident and help you determine you next best step. Perhaps you need to speak with a property manager to file a claim with their liability insurance company. Maybe you need your attorney to review a settlement offer from a business or their insurer.
An attorney can help you recover
After a serious accident and injuries, many people experience significant stress. Combine medical expenses with lost wages and you have a perfect recipe for a financial disaster. You and your family deserve the security of knowing your bills will be paid. The best way to ensure your slip-and-fall accident doesn’t irrevocably alter the course of your future is to retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney. Your attorney can help you negotiate for better settlements or better insurance coverage.
An attorney can also help you file a civil suit against the business where you fell, if necessary. Don’t let someone’s improper care of a facility leave you in a bad situation. Speak with an attorney to ensure your accident won’t have lasting negative consequences.