After a fall, you might not know whether your circumstances entitle you to an insurance claim or lawsuit. It is important to learn that the types of injuries you can get from a slip and fall are varied. Depending on your age, height, and weight, you may have suffered only minor bruises. However, you could have also broken a bone or suffered a concussion.
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, you may have financial recovery options. You should consider what a lawyer could do for you.
INJURIES COMMON IN SLIP AND FALLS
Certain injuries are more likely to occur in some populations. For instance, older people are more likely to suffer from hip injuries in a fall, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The following are other parts of the body that can be affected in these kinds of accidents:
- The hands and wrists, which one may outstretch to lessen the force of impact
- The head, if there is contact with the ground
- The ankles
This is a non-exhaustive list.
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A SLIP AND FALL CAN OCCUR UNDER MANY DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCES
There is a chance that you could hold a negligent party responsible for your fall. Property owners have to ensure the safety of everyone on their premises.
The following conditions can cause someone to injure themselves:
- Broken handrails
- Exposed wires
- Poorly laid tile or torn carpet
- Uneven steps or flooring
- Ramps that are not installed at an appropriate angle
- A lack of warning signs indicating a possible hazard
- Holes in the ground
- Large cracks in a sidewalk
- Loose gravel or rocks
- A leak or spill
- Insufficient lighting
As mentioned above, the elderly are particularly vulnerable in the event of a fall. So, it is important that nursing homes and assisted living facilities keep their locations clean, safe, secured, and adequately staffed. There is always a chance that your loved one was not properly monitored and was injured as a result.
Workers can also suffer slip and fall injuries while on the job. While you generally cannot sue your employer in the state of Texas, you may be able to hold a third party liable. For instance, you could have fallen from a great height because a contractor did not secure a scaffolding correctly.
Owners should know about the safety of the places that they maintain. If a property owner was aware of the condition that harmed you or a loved one (and did not remedy the hazard), they could be liable for your losses.
SEEK TREATMENT FOLLOWING A SLIP AND FALL
You should visit a doctor or the emergency room after falling. If you have not already done this, you should consider it. If you want to pursue compensation for your injuries, you will need to connect your injuries to the fall.
You can get a diagnosis from a doctor for many different injuries after falling. Your health should be your top priority. Regardless of what injuries you suffered due to your slip and fall accident, you should listen to any medical advice you received when you were treated. This way, you can heal safely and in a timely manner.
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YOU COULD RETAIN A LAWYER TO HELP YOU
You might want to file an insurance claim to help you pay for your medical bills and lost income. You could do this alone, but you do not have to.
A lawyer could stand by your side and take on the tasks that could complicate your life even further. Your legal team can secure evidence that supports your claim, evaluate your losses, negotiate with insurance companies, and make you aware of your options.
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YOU COULD COLLECT COMPENSATION FOR YOUR LOSSES
People who suffer slip and fall injuries can win a settlement or judgment, whether they sprained their ankle or suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The cost of your damages will depend on the severity of your injuries. However, when calculating the cost of your expenses, your lawyer can take into account your pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §41.001 lists the noneconomic damages that you could be eligible to collect. Your lawyer can help you go over every way that your slip and fall accident has affected your life.
REACH OUT TO LONCAR LYON JENKINS
Our team has represented many people who have suffered injuries from accidents. We can help you file a claim or lawsuit. If you want to seek justice for a loved one, we can help you do this as well.
Call Loncar Lyon Jenkins at (800) 777-7777 to learn about your financial recovery options. Knowing what types of injuries you can get from a slip and fall is only the beginning. Discovering what forms of financial damages you could secure is only a call away.