Slip and fall accidents are among the most common accidents in the United States. Falls can occur to anyone, at any age. The older we get, the more likely it is that a fall will cause a serious injury. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that each year about 1.8 million people over the age of 65 seek medical attention in emergency rooms because of injuries caused by falls. Falls can cause severe injuries and fatalities. If you or a loved one got hurt due to a fall, you may seek compensation for your damages that include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
What are the Common Causes of Slip and Falls?
Slip and falls are caused by a variety of factors. Often, slip and falls are due to the negligent actions or inaction of another. Uneven floors or carpeting can cause someone to fall. Wet or icy conditions can make walking difficult. Sidewalks or parking lots that have damaged or uneven surfaces can cause people to trip and fall. Unlit or poorly lit areas may make it more hazardous to walk at night. Boxes or other items that someone places in a walkway or aisle may make someone trip. When a fall injury is due to negligence, the victim may have compensation for medical bills and other damages.
Slip and Fall Injuries
Some of the most common injuries caused by falling include sprains and strains, back injuries, broken bones or fractures, neck injuries, and head trauma. Not surprisingly, injuries from falls get more severe as we age. Older people are more likely to suffer broken bones from a fall and 67% of fall fatalities occur to senior citizens over the age of 75. People who are age 85 are up to 15 times more likely to suffer a hip fracture in a fall than those who are age 60. The National Institute on Aging found that every year 30% of people aged 65 or older will suffer from a fall. Of the injuries, traumatic brain injuries are among the most serious because they can cause a long-term disability.
Negligence in Slip and Fall Accidents
Every fall is not caused by someone else, however, often, the negligence of someone else is the reason someone gets hurt. Negligence means that a person knew or should have known that their action, or lack of action, could cause an accident with serious bodily harm. For example, a store owner knows there is a leak making the floor wet, but does nothing to fix the problem or warn people of the danger. If someone falls and gets hurt due to slippery conditions, the owner may be liable because her actions were negligent.
If you were hurt in a fall, it is best to seek guidance from an experienced legal team. At Baumgartner Law Firm, we have the experience we need to get you the compensation you deserve.
Contact Baumgartner Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation about your case.
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