Second to motor vehicle collisions as the leading causes of fatalities, slips and falls account for the largest percentage of hospital visits in the United States. While falls are most common in older adults above the age of 65, they can happen to anyone and can occur anywhere.
Types of Slip and Fall Injuries
One of the most severe consequence of a slip and fall is a fracture. The location of the injury will depend on the angle and distance to which the patient fell, as well as where he or she landed. Commonly-affected bones include:
Patients who have fallen may also experience head and brain injuries, such as concussions, and may receive neck and back injuries as a result of the fall. Other injuries include sprains, bleeding, swelling, bruising and the dislocation of a limb.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Injuries
As stated previously, falls can occur anywhere. One of the most common locations where slip and fall incidents occur, however, is the workplace. From seamen and construction workers to truck drivers and office workers, no one is immune to the risks of falling while at work.
Other places where falls often occur include…
- Public sidewalks
- Private homes
- Swimming pools
- Fitness centers
- Bars and nightclubs
- Amusement parks
In order to prove that the owner of the home or establishment is at fault for your injuries, you must first prove that the fall occurred due to negligent conditions. You must also provide evidence that the defendant(s) should have reasonably known about the hazard and had inadequately addressed it.
While workplace injuries (excluding maritime work) are typically covered by workers’ compensation, other claims are generally brought against specific individuals or businesses. An attorney can help you decide upon the best course of action for your specific case.
Why You Should File a Claim
It is important that fall victims pursue claims for their injuries. Personal injury claims may help cover the costs of medical bills, and may also cover damages for lost wages, permanent disabilities, pain and suffering, mental anguish and more. While facing an employer or corporation alone may be challenging, an attorney can help you identify witnesses and key evidence and can guide you through the process of building your case.
Steps to Take After a Fall
If you’ve experienced a fall and are wondering what steps you can take to ensure a successful lawsuit, the following suggestions may help:
- Seek medical attention immediately. Falls can be dangerous; even when you don’t believe that you are severely injured, it is often best to receive a checkup from your doctor. Some symptoms can easily go unnoticed by the untrained eye—especially symptoms of head injuries. Furthermore, approaching your injuries with a sense of urgency demonstrates concern for your wellbeing. Pursuing speedy treatment also prevents the defense from arguing that complications may have developed due to a delay in receiving medical care.
- Document the experience. Record everything you remember about the fall. Gather names and phone numbers of any witnesses. Take photos of the scene to use as evidence. You may also consider keeping a record of all medical treatment, medications, and bills, as well as time spent away from work and other relevant information that can help you justify the amount of your claim.
- Report the incident. As soon as you are able, report the incident to the owner of the business or home. Request a written copy of the report for your own records.
- Do not give a recorded statement to an insurance provider. You are not required to give a recorded statement, and what you say may unintentionally harm your case.
Wayne Wright LLP covers a wide range of personal injury cases throughout the state of Texas. Our attorneys are here to help you recover from your injuries without the additional stress of finding ways to finance your treatment. To learn more about personal injury lawsuits, feel free to visit our legal library today. You may also schedule a one-on-one consultation with an attorney to further discuss your case.