Slipping and falling is an extremely common accident in the US, sending millions of people to the emergency room each year. If you have recently slipped on someone’s property and fallen, you might be facing a more serious situation than you first realized. While some people get lucky and walk away from a fall with little-to-no injuries, slip and fall accidents can, in some cases, lead to serious injuries. If you need assistance building a lawsuit due to a slip and fall case, contact our team. We specialize in tort and personal injury law, and we can help you determine if your slip and fall warrants a lawsuit. Before you brush aside your accident, read on to learn why slip and fall cases are more serious than you may first think.
The Injuries Caused
A slip and fall can occur due to a variety of reasons. It could be that you were walking on a business’ property when you slipped on a puddle of water forming from a leaking roof. Maybe you were coming down a staircase when you slipped on a loose stair. No matter what it was that caused the accident, the fact is that falling can lead to anything from a minor injury to a lifelong, debilitating disability. The first thing to remember if you have slipped and fallen is to not downplay the incident or berate yourself for falling. Seek medical attention immediately. It will not harm you to have your injury looked at by a doctor. Some of the injuries that could be caused by a slip and fall include the following.
- Sprains And Broken Bones: Some of the most common injuries from a slip and fall include sprains and broken bones. These injuries can bring severe pain and inconvenience upfront, but normally with time will not create any negative long term effects.
- Hip Injuries: During a fall, landing on a hip could result in a serious hip injury. Hip injuries are extremely common amongst the elderly during a fall. Far more impactful than a normal break or sprain, hip injuries can result in surgery and/or replacement.
- Back & Spinal Injuries: After a fall, it is wise to always have your back and spine checked out by a doctor. Sometimes back or spinal injuries are not easily detected at the time of the fall. However, these injuries can cause severe long term pain at best and partial or full paralysis at worst.
These are only a few of the injuries that may occur due to a slip and fall. The best thing you can do is to see a doctor immediately after a fall to determine the severity of your injuries.
The Responsibility Of The Property Owner
You may be left wondering after a slip and fall: how responsible is the owner for the incident? This depends on a variety of factors including whether or not the owner was negligent in a way that led to your accident or if the property owner directly caused the situation. There is a lot of grey area when it comes to responsibility in a slip and fall case. The best plan is to seek legal advice from the Andry Law Group. We can help you determine if your case warrants a lawsuit and the right course of action for you to take. Fill out the form below for a free case evaluation from a specialist in torts and personal law.