Most of us have fallen at some point in our lives, whether due to our own clumsiness or because of some hazard—like a poorly placed object or slippery floor. While most falls are minor and may result in a simple bump or bruise, sometimes the outcome can be much different, resulting in serious life-changing injury. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), injuries sustained in accidental falls account for approximately 8.9 million ER visits each year. When these accidents occur because of the negligence of a property owner or some other neglectful party, victims may be able to recover for their injuries by filing a personal injury lawsuit.
The most effective way to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve after a Clearwater accident is to consult with an experienced trip and fall lawyer as soon as possible after an injury.
There are many reasons that a trip and fall accident may occur, some of which may implicate negligence on the part of the party liable for the accident. Some of the most common causes of trip and fall accidents include the following:
Not all trip and fall accidents are caused by negligence, and it is important to have an attorney review the facts of your case in order to determine whether you have a claim. Other issues that may be relevant to your case include: whether you fell on commercial or private property, whether the condition was caused by a natural process, if you contributed to the accident, as well as others.
Sprains and Fractures – Although most sprains and fractures are not serious injuries, some of these afflictions can cause significant damage. When any bone is broken or muscles torn, there can be permanent damage that may affect the patient for a long time. When a person loses feeling or control of a body part, or when a fracture causes infection or other complications, the results can be severe.
Shoulder Injuries – The nature of a slip and fall injury creates serious consequences for a victim’s shoulder. When a person falls, they naturally move their arm to catch their body; it’s an involuntary reaction. This may save the body from certain harm, but it can be brutal on the arm and shoulder. This jolt can cause a shoulder dislocation, tear of the muscle, or fracture to the bones in that area. Further, one may cause damage to their brachial plexus, which is a network of nerves that control your hands, arms, and shoulders. The damaging of these nerves can cause life-long injuries, affecting the way the hand and arm function. If you’ve ever tried to live your life without one arm (perhaps while living with a cast or sling), you know how difficult and draining this can be.
Hip Fractures – According to the CDC, more than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falls. If a person slips and falls and fractures their hip, especially if they’re older, things can get devastating, fast. These injuries can cause victims to be bedridden for long periods, which is bad news for the elderly. According to the University of Florida, elderly adults can lose 20% of their muscle mass for every week they’re in bed; recovering from hip surgery can take months. Needless to say, a fracture can be a much bigger deal than some assume. In fact, one out of five hip fracture patients die within a year of their injury; this tragedy is an effect of being bedridden more than the from the fracture itself.
Back and Spinal Cord Injuries – When a person falls, often their footing comes out from under them, causing a “head-over-heals” type motion. Once the body comes in contact with the hard floor or steps, the back can be severely injured. After all, the spine and accompanying nerves are delicate and cannot tolerate such force. Disc herniation, spinal fractures, and nerve damage, all possible results of a slip and fall, can be seriously painful and debilitating conditions that will likely cause the victim problems for a lifetime.
Head Injuries – Traumatic brain injury is one of the most serious type of injuries a person can endure. According to the CDC, a majority of TBIs are caused by slip and fall injuries. As mentioned earlier, the ‘head over heals’ type motion that happens when you slip can easily create the conditions for a victim to land on their head. These injuries are almost guaranteed to change a person’s life. When someone suffers a head injury from a slip and fall, they’re often left with no choice but to seek compensation to help them with what are sure to be extensive hospital bills and missed work.
Trip and fall accidents can result in significant medical expenses and lost income, as well as non-economic damages such as pain and suffering and loss of quality of life. These and other losses may be compensable by filing a Florida personal injury claim. To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Clearwater trip and fall lawyers, call our office today at (727) 451-6900. If you would like to send our office an email, please fill out the contact form available on the right side of this page.