Approximately eight million emergency room visits each year are the result of falls. These accidents can happen anywhere, from the grocery store to a backyard barbecue.
Slip and fall injuries are often misunderstood. In fact, slip and fall injuries happen more often than you might think, and the results can be more serious than most people give them credit for. Learn more about these accidents and what to do if you experienced an injury from slipping and falling.
What Causes Slip and Fall Accident?
Slip and falls are caused by numerous triggers. Torn carpet, wet tiles, and uneven pavement are only part of the problem. Poor lighting is another contributing factor to these types of injuries. When people are unable to see where they are walking, they are unable to mitigate potential injury.
Stairs are a significant cause of slips. Stairs that become worn down or that have debris on them can contribute to problems.
In a surprising number of cases, falls occur on flat land. Stairs, escalators, and elevators may lead to some injury, but serious damage may occur even for those slipping or tripping on flat surfaces.
Who Is to Blame for Slip and Fall Accidents?
The court will make a determination of blame during a personal injury trial. Simply because an accident occurred on the premises of a building or individual does not mean that the owner of that location is liable, however.
In many cases, a workplace or business is to blame for the injury. Perhaps a business failed to warn patrons that the floor was recently mopped, for instance. Additionally, neglecting floor care is the fault of the owner.
In some cases, the blame for such an accident may have been mitigated by the injured party. In cases like these, both parties may have some legal blame. You will be asked if you played any role in causing the injury or if you had lawful access to the property on which the event occurred.
Ultimately, the owner of the property must be proven to have been negligent in some way that resulted in your injuries. This is sometimes the case when a city or other municipality is to blame for injuries.
What Injuries Result From Slip and Fall Accidents?
The injuries that result from falls may run the gamut from superficial to serious. In fact, many workplace incidents result in employees being unable to return from work. Falls are a major source of workers’ compensation claims for this reason.
Fractures are among the most serious injuries resulting from slip and falls. Fractures can be debilitating, especially in seniors and individuals with disabilities.
Head injuries are another serious result of falls. Hitting your head hard enough could result in a traumatic brain injury. A TBI can result in serious disability that may prevent you from going back to work. Back and spinal cord injuries are also debilitating.
What Can You Do About Slip and Fall Injuries?
One of the first things you should do after experiencing a slip and fall is to receive medical care. If you do not have evidence that you received medical treatment, you are unlikely to receive compensation in court.
Next, you should consult with a personal injury attorney. These lawyers can help you seek evidence to support your case. Personal injury attorneys can help you gather evidence, witnesses, and other pertinent information.
The Law Offices of Wells and McElwee, P.C., offer legal assistance for individuals like you who are contending with personal injuries. All too many injuries caused by slip and fall accidents are overlooked in court. Call today to set up a consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney.