Have You Recently Slipped And Hurt Yourself?
Any person walking in a public place at any time is entitled to be warned of existing hazards which could be present. When a person falls and strikes a hard flooring surface with a fleshy part of their body, the injuries may be serious, but much less severe than when the head or bones connect with a hard surface, resulting in grave or fatal injuries.
If you or a loved one has recently fallen — even when you don’t believe you are seriously hurt — it is very important to seek immediate medical attention. Injuries can often manifest later, after the rush of adrenaline brought on by the fall, has worn off. When you slip and fall, you may suffer any number of injuries. Slip-and-fall injuries can lead to extensive medical expenses and, in some cases, the victim of a slip-and-fall may be unable to return to work, either temporarily or for good.
Slip-And-Fall Accidents Account For Millions Of Injuries
Many people experience moderate to severe injuries, including hip fractures, head injuries, bruises and cuts following a slip and fall. Fractures of the spine, hip, forearm, leg, ankle, pelvis, upper arm and hand are the most common types of fractures resulting from a slip-and-fall. Slip-and-falls can result in injury to the back, neck or limb, when the victim of the slip-and-fall attempts to break his or her fall by extending an arm. Older people are prone to traumatic brain injuries — often fatal — after a slip-and-fall accident. Additionally, national statistics include:
- The Consumer Product Safety Commission attributes flooring materials or slippery floors as the cause of more than 2 million fall and slip-and-fall injuries every year
- More than half of all accidental deaths in homes are the result of a fall, most often at ground level
- One out of every three people over the age of 65 will experience a fall
- Of the fatalities associated with falls, 605 involve those 75 and older
- About 40% of all nursing home admissions are the result of a fall
- Fatal falls are more likely in the mining, construction and maintenance sectors
- In the trucking industry, slip-and-falls are the primary cause of compensable injury
A complicating factor associated with slip-and-fall injuries is that quite often those injuries occur to the soft tissues. This type of injury can be difficult to measure with traditional equipment, such as x-rays. Because of this, the insurance company may argue the injuries were not as significant as claimed.
Work With A Knowledgeable Premises Liability Attorney
Regardless of where you suffer a slip and fall injury, if negligence was involved, then the owner of the establishment could be liable. Any time you walk in a public place, you have a right to be advised of any hazards which could be present. Whether you were injured at a construction site, along a moving sidewalk or escalator, restaurant stairs, sidewalk curb, grocery store, shopping mall or public restroom, call Orange County slip-and-fall attorney John Rapillo today for a free consultation. Mr. Rapillo has over 35 years of experience helping accident victims recover after an accident. At the Law Offices of John Rapillo, we offer a free consultation and only get paid if you win. Email us or call 949-652-2604 to get started.