The Humble Slip-and-Fall Can Be More Dangerous Than You Think
A slip-and-fall accident can lead to serious, catastrophic, or fatal injuries, and is far more dangerous than most people realize. One out of every five falls results in a serious injury, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). The agency reports that 3 million people are treated each year in emergency rooms for injuries sustained in a fall, with over 800,000 hospitalized.
Most Common Fall Injuries
The most common serious injuries sustained in a fall include:
When a slip-and-fall occurs on the property of another party who failed to maintain safe walking surfaces for visitors, guests, or others, it may be grounds for a premises liability claim. This legal action may be critical in cases in which the injured person is unable to work, function normally, or will face a lifetime of challenges related to impairments associated with a brain injury. In these cases, there is no question that you should be represented by a personal injury lawyer who has an extensive record of success in personal injury claims – your future health, both physically and financially, is in large part, the direct result of the skills and dedication of your lawyer.
Falls in the Workplace
Your working environment should be maintained for the safety of all workers. If an employer fails to maintain safe walking surfaces and a slip-and-fall accident occurs, it can lead to a serious or life-altering injury. Many falls in the workplace lead to the need for hospitalization, surgery, rehabilitation, or leave a worker injured so severely that it is impossible to earn a living. Workplace injuries often occur due to:
- Slippery walking surfaces due to water, oil, or other liquid spills
- Trailing cables
- Uneven walking surfaces on workplace floors or stairways
- Insufficient lighting in stairways
- Items stacked or left in hallways, walking areas, or on stairs
- Broken tiles, rough carpeting, etc.
- Falls from heights, ladder falls, scaffolding collapses on construction sites
When Landlords are Liable in Fall Injury Cases
At Breyer Law Offices, P.C., The Husband and Wife Law Team, we have often been called upon to represent the injured in slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accidents. One example is a case in which our client was struck by a broken door at her assisted living facility, which led to a broken back. She is no longer able to live life as she had before the fall, including walking without assistance. Our legal efforts on her behalf led to a confidential settlement, with damages paid both from the facility’s insurance company and the door manufacturer.
Examples of Our Work in Slip-and-Fall Injury Claims
Another example of our legal work involved a client who was walking through Desert Ridge Marketplace and fell as a result of an unexpected step downwards. Her fall led to a broken fibula (the smaller calf bone) and the need for multiple surgeries. To assist our client, we filed a claim and hired an investigator to evaluate the area where she fell. The investigator discovered that prior complaints had been made and the problem had not been addressed and resolved. The case was settled in mediation for a confidential amount.
Another slip-and-fall case we resolved involved a client who fell at the dentist. After her treatment, she got out of the dental chair and tripped over an electrical box in the office, breaking her pelvis. She required surgery, with several incisions to place hardware to stabilize the bone. Our client had been a very active person before the fall, but the injuries left her unable to continue to be the primary caregiver for her husband. We fought the insurance company to increase the settlement they had offered and increased by 25 percent – a significant improvement!
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Call Breyer Law Offices, P.C., The Husband and Wife Law Team
If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, your first step should be to contact us at (602) 457-6222 for a free case evaluation. We have achieved many high-value settlements for our clients and can advise you about moving forward with legal action against a landlord, employer, or another liable party.
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