Many movies and television shows have made light of slip-and-fall accidents for cheap laughs. A character dramatically falls. Their feet go high in the air. There’s a loud crash, maybe a joke. Then the character gets up, effectively unharmed.
In the real world, even a minor-seeming slip-and-fall accident could result in serious injuries. In fact, slip-and-fall injuries are one very good reason that businesses invest in premises liability insurance. Those who slip on a floor or in a parking lot and fall on their back, side, stomach or arm could suffer serious damages. Spine or head injuries could be fatal.
Slip-and-fall accidents are actually incredibly common. They account for roughly a million emergency room visits each year. Some of the people admitted for slip-and-fall accidents suffer broken bones. Others suffer head or brain trauma, severe contusions or connective tissue damage. Slip-and-fall accidents could even trigger other medical events, such as a heart attack. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a slip-and-fall accident, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. Your attorney can help you figure out what to do next.
Slip and fall injuries can last a lifetime
A head injury during a slip-and-fall accident could change your life. Traumatic brain injuries can effect everything from motor function and memory to your personality and overall mood. Damage to the back or spine can affect your quality of life or even make it impossible to do your job or care for yourself. People who suffer serious injuries from a slip-and-fall accident may also lose their income, making it difficult or impossible to pay for their own medical bills. If this happened to you, you shouldn’t have to live in debt because of someone else’s negligence.
Those who slip and fall may consider themselves lucky if all they suffer is a broken bone. In some cases, however, a broken bone or other blunt trauma can lead to serious, permanent medical conditions like Reflex Sympathetic Disorder (RSD). This condition doesn’t get better when the broke bone or injury heals. For many people the symptoms, which include pain, sensitivity, weakness and decreased range of motion, can last forever.
An attorney provides answers after a slip-and-fall
Even if you don’t realize it yet, you have options when you are hurt on someone else’s property. If they failed to maintain the property or if they neglected to address accumulating liquid that caused your fall, the property owner could be liable for your injuries. In these cases, you may receive a settlement offer from their insurance company. You should always have an attorney review it before signing to determine if it is reasonable, given the extent of your injuries and financial losses.
Source: Nov. 30, -0001