Slip and Fall Injury
Every year more than 8 million older adults in the United States visited the emergency room due to a slip-and-fall accident. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported nearly 2 million patients were hospitalized, due to slip-and-fall injuries. These falls can cause serious injuries like traumatic brain injuries and hip fractures, which compromise quality of life for senior citizens and jeopardizes their chances of living independently.
The CDC also reported that slip-and-fall accidents were second only to motor vehicle accidents when it came to unintentional injuries and were the leading cause for all traumatic brain injuries. The statistics paint a grim picture, but also reveal that there has been a rise in slip-and-fall lawsuits in the United States as well. An individual can slip-and-fall almost anywhere, and due to different circumstances.
This makes it complex and complicated to recover compensation for your medical bill and injuries.
The National Business Group on Health revealed that slip-and-fall accidents remained the leading cause of injury among people of all ages. The injuries encompassed all metrics as they ranged from minor and severe to life-threatening and fatal.
Therefore, if you or a loved one was injured in a slip-and-fall accident, then you have the legal right to obtain compensation from the company or person responsible for the accident. At the Moore Law Firm, we have experienced slip-and-fall accident lawyers who can help you get a fair compensation for your injuries.
If you can’t make it to us, we will come to you.
Where Do Slip and Fall Accidents Happen?
The tricky part about slip-and-fall accidents is that they can occur at any time, and almost anywhere. Most of these accidents tend to happen at the most uncommon of places, but there are some places and situations where the chances of slip-and-fall accidents occurring are higher than most.
So, watch out whenever you are in any of the places or situations mentioned below, since you could suffer seriously from a slip-and-fall accident at:
According to reports from the NSU Hospitality, slip-and-fall accidents are the number one cause of hotel injuries every year. An estimated 70% of slip-and falls occur on flat walking surfaces.
The National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), reported that more than 20% of all workers’ compensation claims and over 30% of associated costs with work injuries were from slip-and-fall accidents at work.
The NFSI also reported that nearly $500 million is spent each year to defend against slip-and-fall accident claims. Most employees and patrons suffer injuries from these accidents.
The Lighthouse Enterprises reported that an average restaurant deals with around 4 to 10 slip-and-fall accidents on their premises each year.
The Church Mutual Insurance Group reported that 90% of slip-and-falls at churches and worship centers happen when people are on the stairs.
In most slip-and-fall accident scenarios, the victim is on someone else’s property, and can therefore take legal action against the owner or renter of the property. The main claim would be negligence on behalf of the property owner for not warning about fall hazards or making arrangements to prevent slip-and-fall accidents on their property.
Taking Legal Action After a Slip and Fall
When you’re seriously injured in a serious slip-and-fall accident, you can make personal injury claims against the property owner or renter of the property, or anyone else responsible for the maintenance of the property.
When you’re taking legal action after a slip-and-fall accident, you will file a claim that must show the following:
You suffered serious harm due to negligence on behalf of the property owner or renter.
The property owner or renter had a legal obligation for making the property safe and failed to fulfill that obligation.
It can be complicated to prove these elements, because there are specific rules governing the collection and presentation of evidence in the courtroom. At the Moore Law Firm, we have experienced slip-and-fall accident attorneys who will gather all necessary evidence to build a strong case for you and ensure that you win a fair settlement or compensation in the slip-and-fall lawsuit.
If you have suffered injuries from fall, get in touch with our injury lawyers in Tucson, Arizona right now!
How Do Slip and Fall Accidents Happen?
There are several factors that increase your chances of slipping and falling in a public location or on someone’s private property. Most slip-and-fall accidents happen because of:
- Uneven gravel or pavement.
- Sudden changes in the height of the floor or ground.
- Sudden changes in flooring surface.
- Stairs are too steep or have narrow treads or broken handrails.
- Snow or ice covering the ground.
- Slick or slippery floors.
- Foreign objects or debris in walkways.
- Cracks in flooring or sidewalks.
Property owners can prevent most slip-and-fall accidents from taking place with proper maintenance of their property, and placing visible warning signs, wherever there are hazards that can’t be corrected or fixed on the property.
Types of Slip and Fall Injuries
Whenever you’re involved in a slip-and-fall accident, you are at risk of suffering a serious injury, irrespective of your age or physical condition. In some cases, no amount of money can help you recover from the injuries sustained due to such accidents. There have been cases where slip-and-fall accidents have also resulted in death or traumatic brain injuries. Some of the most common injuries that are caused by slip-and-fall accidents are:
Neck, shoulder, and back injury
Injuries to your lower and upper back, shoulder and neck can damage the soft tissues, including ligaments, joints, and muscles. Most herniated discs, sprains, and strains are caused by slip-and-falls accidents.
Spinal cord injury
The NFSI reported that spinal cord damage is the second most common injury caused by a slip-and-fall accident among adults over 65 years old. An individual that falls on their back after a fall can suffer full or partial paralysis or damage their spinal cord.
The NFSI reported that 90% of adults aged 65 and above who were involved in slip-and-falls suffered bone fractures. Hip fractures were most common among the elderly, but you can suffer fracture or break bones at any age from a fall.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
If you suffered a hit to the head from a slip-and-fall accident it can result in a traumatic brain injury, which may cause seizures, mood changes, ongoing cognitive impairment and more. A brain injury from a slip-and-fall can result in serious consequences, and the CDC reported that 56% of all slip-and-fall related deaths last year happened due to TBI.
The Centers for Disease Control reported that slip-and-fall accidents are the leading cause of death for adults the age of 65 and above. Children also vulnerable to death from slip-and-falls, since they can suffer fatal injuries.
You can suffer serious knee injuries from slip-and-fall accidents, including damage to soft tissues that result in tears, strains, and sprains.
Injuries from slip-and-fall accidents can result in serious consequences, and you may be forced to undergo expensive and lengthy medical treatments and rehabilitation. You may also experience ongoing pain and your ability to work may also be affected.
The law allows you to seek compensation for all consequences and costs associated with slip-and-fall accidents, including emotional distress damages, pain and suffering damages, lost income/wages, and medical bill expenses. If the slip-and-fall accident resulted in death, the surviving family members can recover compensation for wrongful death, and loss of companionship damages.
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How Our Slip-and-Fall Accident Lawyers Can Help
If you or your loved one has been injured from a slip-and-fall accident, the experienced slip-and-fall accident lawyers at the Moore Law Firm can help you file a wrongful death or personal injury claim to get you the compensation you deserve. Our lawyers can help negotiate a settlement agreement, which means giving up your right to sue in exchange for payment.
We can also take your slip-and-fall lawsuit to court and prove your case. A lot of lawyers are great at representing clients in court or negotiating settlements, but it is hard to find those who are experienced in both. At the Moore Law Firm, you don’t need to choose between a trial lawyer or a settlement negotiator, because our legal team has great experience in all aspects of slip-and-fall lawsuits.