411: The Scary Facts about Slip and Falls

Jan. 13th, 2014   /   , ,

411: The Scary Facts about Slip and Falls

 

One of the most prevalent yet misinterpreted incidents involving personal injury are cases of “slip and falls,” in which an individual slips or falls (or trips, etc.), specifically due to the presence of a misplaced object (a brick protruding from a sidewalk), a walking space not properly kept (such as a wet floor in a grocery store), etc. The fact that the injuries in slip-and-fall cases are due to the individual slipping over or falling on an object or space that was not safely maintained means that the individual who has injured himself or herself has a legal claim against the owner of the property on which the individual hurt himself or herself.

Our South Florida personal injury lawyers handle cases of slip and falls on a regular basis, advocating on behalf of individuals who, through no fault of their own, have been incapacitated to a significant degree.

Although the bodies of the elderly are more vulnerable to contusions, bumps and lacerations, slip and falls injure the youthful and the elderly alike, and the injuries are often far more serious than a simple scrape or black and blue mark. One of the most common injuries stemming from a slip and fall incident is the injury known as “traumatic brain injury,” or TBI. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), roughly 1.7 million people are affected by traumatic brain injuries every year. Additionally, slip and falls constitute one of the most significant causes of traumatic brain injuries, which can inflict a wide range of harm, from a concussion, to loss of motor skills, to death.

Another common and serious injury that can result from a slip and fall is quadriplegia. If your slip and fall results in trauma to the neck and/or spinal cord, you could face the prospect of spending the rest of your life fully paralyzed, with a drastically diminished quality of life.

There are a variety of other types of injuries that come from slip and falls, many of which present a daunting recovery filled with anguish and suffering.

Unfortunately, many people consider slip and falls to be the result of clumsiness or general unawareness; the fact is, while some instances of tripping, slipping and falling are certainly due to a variation or combination of the aforementioned reasons, a great many slip and falls are the proximate result of negligence by a property owner, supervisor, or other individual whose responsibility it was to maintain a walking space in such a manner that expected individuals would not injure themselves while walking across the space.

Recovering from a slip and fall incident and the associated injuries is difficult physically, emotionally and financially. While there is no way to make a claim for the literal loss of mobility that you may have experienced, you can, and should, hold the negligent party responsible by making a claim to cover the medical costs, loss of income, and other financial harms you’ve experienced as a result of the slip and fall.

If you have been injured in a slip and fall, reach out to our personal injury attorneys to see how we can help you recover some of what you’ve lost due to the wrongdoing of another. To schedule a free consultation, please call 561-266-9191 or email us at daronberg@aronberglaw.com.

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