Slip and Fall Accident
Trip and fall accidents occur when a hazardous object or condition causes a person to trip and fall down. These accidents happen all the time and can lead to serious injuries. While some people are fortunate only to sustain cuts and bruises from a fall, others are not so lucky and can suffer serious injuries including concussions, fractures, and even death.
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Slip and Fall Accident
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Injuries caused by Trip & Fall Accidents
Effect on your life:
Common Trip-And-Fall Hazards
Common locations for falls include:
- Slippery floors due to wetness from spills or tracked in rain, mud, snow, sleet, etc., or naturally slick surfaces like stone or glass
- Cluttered hallways, aisles and other walkways
- Staircases and ramps, including stairways with broken or loose stair treads or handrails
- Uneven surfaces, such as torn or bunched carpet, uneven bricks or paving stones, potholes, etc.
- Unstable surfaces, such as floors with loose or broken tiles, floorboards, area rugs, etc.
- Poorly lit areas
- Ladders and scaffolding
What causes a slip and fall accident?
How and where do most slips, trips, and falls occur?
Falls are 100% Preventable
- Discuss the task with coworkers and determine what safety equipment is needed
- Make sure you are properly trained on how to use the equipment
- Scan the work area for potential hazards before starting the job
- Make sure you have level ground to set up the equipment
- If working outside, check the weather forecast; never work in inclement weather
- Use the correct tool for the job, and use it as intended
- Ensure stepladders have a locking device to hold the front and back open
- Always keep two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand on the ladder
- Place the ladder on a solid surface and never lean it against an unstable surface
- A straight or extension ladder should be 1 foot away from the surface it rests on for every 4 feet of height and extend at least 3 feet over the top edge
- Securely fasten straight and extension ladders to an upper support
- Wear slip-resistant shoes and don’t stand higher than the third rung from the top
- Don’t lean or reach while on a ladder, and have someone support the bottom
- Never use old or damaged equipment; check thoroughly before use
Statistics, Causes, and Facts
- Most traumatic brain injuries are the result of falling.
- More than 800,000 adults over age 65 are hospitalized each year for injuries from falls, primarily hip fractures or head injuries.
- On average, a typical serious fall injury costs $30,000 or more.
- Five percent of slip and fall accidents cause broken bones.
- Falls account for the majority of time lost from work due to accidents.
- With each decade, a person’s risk of slip and fall injuries rises.
- Most slip and fall accidents occur on a single level rather than from an elevation.
- Weakness in the legs
- Balance problems
- Poor vision
- Deficiency of vitamin D
- Inappropriate or painful shoes
- Use of some prescription medications
Injuries in a Slip and Fall Accident:
- Sprained ankles. As your foot slides along the floor, it falls out of alignment with your leg, putting a strain on the ankle joint. The extreme forces this pressure generates can damage ligaments, tendons, muscles, and bones in the ankle, leading to an injury that prevents you from walking unassisted for many weeks or months.
- Sprained wrists. As people fall back after a slip, they naturally extend their hands behind them to break their fall. The wrist, therefore, has to bear the brunt of the majority of the impact. A sprained wrist is a severe injury because it often prevents the affected individual from working or leading a fulfilling life.
- Shoulder dislocation. Slip and fall accidents also frequently lead to shoulder dislocation. When people reach out to break their fall, they often rotate the shoulder into a position that puts it at a mechanical disadvantage. The impact then transmits force through the arm to the joint, which can cause muscle strain and dislocation. Many people with this kind of injury require immediate surgery.
- Brain injury. Often, people who slip and fall, hit their heads on the ground, leading to brain injury. Traumatic head injuries are incredibly dangerous and can, on occasion, be life-threatening. What’s more, because traumatic brain injuries can alter cognitive function, the victim is often unaware that their capacities have changed.
- Spine and nerve damage. The spine and surrounding nerves are delicate. Slip and fall injuries can compress the spine and damage the surrounding nerve, sometimes leading to permanent loss of motor function to some parts of the body.
- Limb fractures. When a person falls forward, they instinctively put their arms out to break their fall. Many people involved in trip and fall accidents, therefore, experience limb fractures, especially if they are elderly.
- Neck injuries. It is common for a victim to tell a trip and fall attorney that they have a neck injury, following a trip and fall accident. As a person falls, they use their arms break the impact on the body. The head, however, continues to move towards the ground, and the neck must take the brunt of the force.
- Foot injuries. Trip and fall accidents often lead to foot and ankle injuries, especially if the foot gets caught as the person falls over. All of a sudden, their entire weight pivots around the ankle joint in a biomechanically dangerous way.
- Cuts and abrasions. Slip and fall accidents can lead to cuts and abrasions, but damage to the skin is usually worse with trip and fall events. In slip and fall injuries, the majority of the force of impact gets transmitted through the hip and side of the body. Any damage is usually internal. With trip and fall, however, the risk of grazing skin and wounds is much higher, especially on the knees, elbows, and palms of the hands. The good news is that cuts and abrasion injuries are often relatively simple to treat. After sterilizing the wound, medical professionals may offer stitches or leave the damage to heal naturally.
- Broken finger bones. In trip and fall accidents, the hands tend to take the brunt of the force of impact. It is common, therefore, for victims to experience broken finger bones after a fall. Medical professionals usually repair fractures of small hand bones by placing the injured finger in a cast and using the surrounding fingers as a brace. Broken fingers can make it impossible for a broad swathe of people to work, especially manual laborers and typists.
- Thumb sprains. Thumb injuries are common after a trip and fall accident. As the person hits the ground, the force of the impact pushes the thumb backward behind the hand, damaging the delicate tendons and ligaments that hold it in place.
What to do when the Accident Occurs?
Step 1: Seek Medical Treatment
Step 2: Report the Incident
Step 3: Collect Witness Information
Step 4: Do Not Make Any Statements
Step 5: Contact Your Attorney
What is my case worth?
- Medical bills
- Future medical bills, if expected
- Loss of wages from work
- Future loss of wages from work, if expected
- Lost earning power if your injury rendered you unable to work at a former job, forced you to take a lower-paying position, or left you unable to work at all
- Physical pain and suffering directly caused by the injury
- Emotional pain and suffering from trauma related to the slip and fall or the injury
- Permanent effects of an injury, such as disfigurement, impairment, or disability
Theories of Liability in Slip and Fall Cases
- A property owner (or an employee or agent of the property owner) should have recognized a dangerous condition (i.e. a pothole or an uneven walking surface) and removed or repaired the potential danger, but failed to do so. The key question here is whether a reasonable person would have identified the condition as hazardous, and whether the defendant had ample opportunity to remedy the situation before the accident occurred.
- A property owner (or their employee) actually caused the dangerous condition leading to the slip and fall accident—by leaving a hazardous obstacle in a walking path, for example—and it was reasonably foreseeable that someone would trip and fall due to the condition.
’Reasonable’ Property Owners
- Did the hazardous area exist long enough for the property owner to be aware of it?
- Is there a standard procedure in place for examining the premises, and did the owner have proof of this procedure?
- Was there a legitimate reason for the area to be hazardous, such as a slippery floor after being washed?
- If there is a reason for the area to be hazardous, was there any way to make it safer?
- If an object caused the slip, trip, or fall, was there anywhere else the object could have been stored to make the premises safer?
- Could a warning sign or barrier have been created to prevent injury?
What if the store owner isn’t around?
Do I need to file a claim within a certain time period?
Holding the Property Owner Responsible
- Thoroughly investigate your case
- Establish the property owner’s negligence
- Locate the cause of the accident
- Get statements from witnesses
Hurt in a Slip, Trip, and Fall Accident? Get the Money You Deserve
- We will handle the confusing paperwork. Slip, trip, and fall cases are confusing and complex. Our experienced legal team will take care of all the details so you can focus on getting better.
- We will worry about the deadlines. People hurt in slip, trip, and fall accidents have only a limited time to file legal claims.
- We will treat you like a person, not a case number — and keep you posted about your case in language you can understand.
Why to choose us?
- 20 years’ experience specifically with trip and fall accidents’ cases, we possess a reputation to aggressively fight for our clients
- David and his team, having a long list of credentials, believe in respect, integrity, and family values.
- We will always be there for you!
- With decades of combined experience, David and his team will tirelessly work to recover as much as possible on your trip and fall accident claim.
- Trip and fall cases need to be solved very critically, they involve serious injuries, and require an experienced legal team.
- You do not need to pay us a single penny before we win your case.
Choose a lawyer with Expertise and Experience
- That the party responsible for the premises knew or should have known of the dangerous condition.
- That the responsible party failed to fix or warn of the dangerous condition
- That the dangerous condition caused the injury
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