Tampa Slip, Trip or Fall Lawyers and Injury Attorneys
Slips, trips, and falls are very common types of injury cases that often require ongoing treatment and therapy. According to the National Safety Council, falls are one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries in the United States every year. In addition, they account for nearly 9 million emergency room visits every year.
Recent numbers provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest that the medical costs associated directly with falls account to over $30 billion per year.
Liability for injuries suffered as the result of falling on someone else's property is not always as clear as one may think. You may have a claim for your injuries if you have the misfortune to fall on another's property. With the help of a personal injury lawyer, you can help ensure you receive all the benefits you are entitled to, and that your rights are fully protected.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall injuries:
Wet & Uneven Surfaces - The most common cause of slip and fall accidents around the world is due to wet or uneven surfaces. Here in the United States, 55% of all slip and fall accidents are due to uneven or wet surfaces.
Loose floorboards, cluttered floors, potholes in parking lots, broken or defective sidewalks, torn carpeting, uneven or poorly constructed staircases, recently mopped or waxed floors, moisture and loose mats have all been known to cause slip and fall accidents.
In addition, the above conditions can be found in residential, domestic, commercial, industrial and public places, which is what makes slip and fall accidents so common.
Weather Conditions - While Florida doesn't have to worry about keeping ice and snow clear from road and walkways, there are plenty of other reasons why the weather can make conditions ideal for a slip and fall. Wet floors and steps in outdoor areas such as hotels, restaurants, venues and other public places are the most likely locations for slip and fall injuries as a result of rain.
Improper Training - Slip and fall accidents are also very common in the workforce, particularly in the construction industry. Studies show that better training could prevent many of these incidents from occurring, especially in higher risk industries. Failure to provide proper training on the tools and equipment, as well as a failure to have safety plans and tools in place could result in an employer or contractor being held liable for damages.
Nursing Home Neglect - Elderly people often have a reduced sense of balance which leaves them at increased risk of falling. Unfortunately, nursing home neglect accounts for far too many of these types of falls. One in three people over the age of 65 will fall every year according to the CDC. Improper monitoring and assisting of residents in nursing homes will often result in the home being held liable for their negligence that led to the accident.
Common types of Slip and Fall injuries:
Fractures or sprains - Twisted knees and ankles are often the result of a slip and fall. Broken bones can also result, with fractures to the forearm, ankle, leg, wrist, hand or upper arm. Falls are the number one cause of fractures in older adults.
Hip Fractures - Typically requiring surgery and hospitalization for around a week, more than 95% of hip fractures are caused by a fall and typically require admission into nursing homes for additional rehabilitation. Often fatal, one in 5 victims won't survive longer than a year from the injury.
Head Injuries - Traumatic brain injuries are also most commonly caused by falls. In some cases, injuries can be a concussion that can clear after some rest. In other cases, injuries are more severe and may cause mood changes, seizures, and ongoing cognitive impairment among other symptoms.
Back and Spinal Cord Injuries - Slipped and herniated discs and damaged vertebrae leading to significant pain and limited mobility are often the result of a fall. Some spinal injuries result in different degrees of paralysis. Total loss of sensation or function in parts of the body can often occur.
Shoulder Injuries - Nerves in the network connecting the spinal cord to the shoulder can often get stretched or torn from a violent blow or force against a shoulder. Dislocation or brachial plexus injury can often occur.
If you suffered a slip and fall injury, our attorneys can help you get the compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one has suffered a severe or disabling slip and fall injury, it is important to contact an experienced injury lawyer immediately.
Our attorneys are prepared to fight hard on your behalf. You may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering as well as other losses caused by a slip and fall. Our team of lawyers is ready to investigate your slip and fall accident and seek the full and fair recovery you deserve.
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Content authored by Frank Fernandez