Every year, slip and fall accidents account for more than a million visits to the emergency room. Falls do not have to occur from a significant height to cause serious injury: in fact, a slip and fall on otherwise relatively level ground can leave many accident victims with substantial injuries that can cause ongoing complications to their lives and livelihoods. If you suffer a slip and fall accident through no fault of your own, you may need an attorney to help you file a personal injury claim.
Contact the personal injury lawyers at Dolman Law Group and Sibley Dolman at 833-552-7274 (833-55-CRASH) for your free consultation.
Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers: Helping You Seek Compensation for Your
Slip and Fall Accident
If you suffer injuries in a slip and fall accident, do you really need an attorney?
How much does a slip and fall accident attorney cost, anyway?
For many clients, an attorney represents the best investment they will make after a slip and fall accident. If you suffer injuries in a slip and fall, an attorney can help:
- Increase, in many cases, the compensation you receive for your injuries
- Understand how much compensation you really deserve for your injuries
- Cut through the red tape and help you get a compensation offer in your hands sooner
- Offer valuable advice throughout the claim
An attorney can also help reduce much of the stress you will face after a slip and fall accident, since an attorney can take over communications and negotiation with the insurance company for you. At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, we have a long history of working with many clients in slip and fall accidents and other personal injury claims.
While our past results cannot guarantee the results of your personal injury claim, they show how hard we work on behalf of all our clients to increase the compensation they can receive following an accident.
Not every insurance company has your best interests at heart. In fact, many insurance companies seek primarily to reduce their financial liability following a serious accident, including slip and falls. By working with an attorney, on the other hand, you will have a team of dedicated professionals on your side, with your best interests at heart.
Slip and Fall Injuries and Their Impacts on Your Life
Slip and fall accidents can occur so quickly that victims have little or no time to react to the accident. Victims may have little to no time to act to protect themselves, leaving them with significant injuries.
Traumatic Brain Injury
According to the CDC, falls remain the leading cause of traumatic brain injury. In a slip and fall, many victims slam their heads into the ground, into a nearby wall, or into an object left in the way. The resulting force causes the brain to hit the inside of the skull, resulting in swelling and injury. While some victims of traumatic brain injury go on to make a full recovery, others may have long-term symptoms that linger long after the initial accident.
Traumatic brain injury can cause:
- Difficulty with concentration and/or focus
- Memory problems, including both short and long-term memory
- Difficulties with emotional regulation
Ninety-five percent of hip fractures, according to the CDC, occur during falls. To treat a hip fracture, many patients, especially older patients, require surgical intervention. Patients may also require substantial rehabilitation to make a full recovery. Hip fractures can, especially in elderly patients, cause long-term mobility limitations or lead to ongoing pain. Some older adults can no longer live independently after a hip fracture or may require a long-term stay in a rehabilitation facility during recovery.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Slipped discs or herniation in the spinal cord can cause serious pain and suffering in the victim as well as limiting mobility. Some victims of spinal cord injury after a fall may suffer paralysis, while others may notice numbness or tingling below the site of the injury. Spinal cord injuries can require victims to use a wheelchair or crutches and braces to get around as well as causing substantial limitations on the activities that the victim can enjoy or participate in following the accident.
Shoulder, Wrist, and Arm Injuries
In many slip and fall accidents, the victim attempts to break his fall by extending a hand or arm. Unfortunately, this can lead to serious damage to the hand or arm the victim lands on, including shoulder or elbow dislocations, broken wrists, or damage to the hands. Losing the use of one hand or arm can prevent many victims from handling their daily job responsibilities, including typing or sitting at a desk.
In a slip and fall accident, broken bones occur in the blink of an eye. Many broken bones impact mobility and independence, especially if the victim suffers more than one break in the accident.
Sprains and Strains
In addition to broken bones, many slip and fall accidents result in soft tissue damage. Sprains and strains can limit mobility and cause substantial pain for the victim. Many victims cannot return to work until sprains and strains have time to heal, especially if the victim works in a highly physical profession.
Negligence Leading to a Slip and Fall
Anyone can slip and fall at any time, leading to serious injuries. To file a personal injury claim after a slip and fall, you will need to prove that another party’s negligence led to your fall. In a premises liability claim against a business, for example, you may need to prove the existence of a hazard that caused your slip and fall. To claim negligence against the business, you may need to prove:
- The hazard existed without justification. After a spill or a mess, for example, the store has justification for a wet floor: the store could not clean up the mess, which likely posed its own hazard, without leaving a wet floor behind for a period of time.
- The business took no steps to reduce the problem associated with the hazard. In a slip and fall on a wet surface, for example, the business might have taken no steps to properly label the spill, which could have prevented your slip and fall. If you fell down a flight of stairs without a handrail, the presence of that handrail could reasonably have decreased the risk of an accident or the injuries you suffered.
- The hazard existed long enough for the business to know about it. If, for example, a small leak exists in the back corner of a business that suddenly creates a puddle that the business had no idea about, or if another patron spilled something on the floor, workers might reasonably not know about the problem. On the other hand, if the workers knew about the spill, but took no steps to clean it up or label it appropriately, the business could bear liability for injuries sustained in your fall.
- The business failed to keep an eye out for potential hazards that could pose a fall risk to patrons. Most businesses have solid policies that encourage employees to keep an eye out for potential hazards to visitors to the site, including fall hazards. Business owners should clean up spills, keep walkways clear, and use signs to indicate potential hazards when they cannot remove them immediately.
Slip and falls can occur for a variety of reasons: low lighting that conceals a hazard; spills; detritus or hazards left out in aisles. When another party’s negligence contributes to those hazards, leading to your accident, you can file a personal injury claim to help you get compensation for your injuries.
Legal Compensation for a Slip and Fall Accident in Florida
When you suffer injuries in a slip and fall due to another party’s negligence, filing a personal injury claim can help you seek compensation for your medical bills and other expenses. The amount you may receive, however, depends on a variety of factors, including the severity of your injuries and the extent of the insurance policy. In a premises liability claim against a homeowner, for example, you may find that the insurance company offers less compensation for bodily injury than in a claim against a business.
Though the funds you receive will vary, many people, after a slip and fall accident, include the same monetary damages in the claim.
Recovering from a traumatic brain injury can cost between $85,000 and $3 million during the victim’s lifetime, depending on the severity of the injuries. A hip fracture could cost an average of $81,000. Broken bones or torn ligaments and tendons, on the other hand, may lead to significantly lower medical bills.
When you file a personal injury claim, work with an attorney to calculate the full extent of your medical expenses, from your emergency room treatment, if needed, to your long-term medical expenses. Include:
- Your hospitalization, if needed
- Any surgeries or procedures
- Scans, X-rays, and tests related to your injuries
- Your stay in a rehabilitation or long-term care facility
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy, when slip and fall accidents cause lifelong limitations that require you to relearn how to perform common tasks due to those limitations
- Any alterations to your home or vehicle to make you more independent following serious injuries, including paralysis
- Durable medical equipment that helps you cope with your injuries, including wheelchairs, crutches, and braces
After a slip and fall accident, you may not be able to quickly return to work. Instead, you may find your ability to complete your job responsibilities severely limited by your injuries. Many people cannot complete daily job tasks due to their injuries, whether back injuries prevent heavy lifting or injuries to the hands and arms make it impossible to type or handle paperwork. Other victims may find that pain medications muddle their minds, or that traumatic brain injury prevents the completion of normal job tasks.
When you must miss work due to your slip and fall accident, whether you miss time at work due to appointments and therapies or due to your inability to work following your injuries, claiming compensation for lost wages can help provide a source of income during that time. If you cannot return to your former position at all, you can also claim lost earning potential, which can provide the compensation you need to return to school or pay your bills throughout your recovery.
Pain and Suffering
Even sprains and strains can cause significant physical pain and suffering, both during your recovery and, in some cases, for the rest of your life. In some cases, however, emotional pain and suffering may cause more difficulty than the physical pain you experience. A slip and fall accident can:
- Prevent you from participating in activities that you used to enjoy
- Make it impossible for you to attend events you previously looked forward to or had planned to attend
- Make you feel isolated from other people, including people associated with hobbies that your injuries prevent
- Cause embarrassment due to your reliance on others
As you put together your personal injury claim after a slip and fall accident, consult with an attorney to learn more about how to quantify your pain and suffering so that you can include it in your claim, increasing the compensation you receive for your accident.
You Can Call Our Florida Slip and Fall Accident Attorneys Now
If you suffered injuries in a Florida slip and fall accident, we can help you pursue the compensation you deserve for your injuries. The sooner you contact one of our experienced slip and fall attorneys, the sooner we can begin working on your behalf, from collecting evidence regarding your claim, to negotiating with insurance companies, to developing a plan for prosecuting your claim both in and outside of the courtroom.
With offices across both Florida coasts, you can easily reach Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, and Sibley Dolman Accident Injury Lawyers, LLP, at 833-552-7274, or you can write to us using our online contact page.