Slip-and-fall (or trip-and-fall) accidents are words used to describe a type of legal personal injury claim. These claims arise when a person is injured by a defective or dangerous condition of real property. Examples of dangerous conditions include wet surfaces, steps without handrails, lifted or broken walkways, etc. Landowners and businesses have a duty to keep their properties safe for visitors.
A slip-and-fall can result in very serious injuries. Whether it happens at work or at a store or restaurant, it’s important that you’re aware of the choices available to you. Suffering serious unexpected injuries is frustrating, and it can happen anywhere if the landowner or business is negligent. Here are some of the types of injuries one might receive in a slip-and-fall:
Depending on the severity of the cuts you receive, you may need stitches. Injuries like abrasions and cuts often result from slip-and-fall events.
These injuries are mostly invisible but can cause long term discomfort and pain. If undiagnosed and untreated, they can be difficult to prove.
Spine injuries are life-changing and may result in extensive medical treatment including surgery, chronic pain, and/or paralysis. A spinal injury can be devastating.
Experiencing any type of bone breakage is painful and disruptive. These injuries may prevent you from doing things you need to do, like fulfilling your work responsibilities and spending time with your family. Recovering from broken bones requires medical attention and treatment, which means you will incur medical bills.
Did you take a hit to your head? If so, it’s important that you receive attention from a qualified medical professional to check for traumatic head injuries. Sometimes symptoms from a head injury may take a few days to appear.
If you, or someone you love, have been in a slip-and-fall, you should consider hiring a personal injury attorney.
Here are the steps you might take to protect your claim:
If you have the unfortunate experience of being involved in a slip-and-fall event, you will need to take action to protect your health and your possible claim. Undue delay in asserting your claim, or in seeking treatment will damage your claim.