SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENTS
Painful and preventable, slip, trip and fall accidents are among the most common and expensive injuries Americans experience. If you or someone you love has been injured in a slip, trip and fall accident, our team of top personal injury attorneys want to help you recover lost wages, receive appropriate medical care and get back to living your life as quickly and stress-free as possible.
Slip and Fall Injury? Find Representation Today
Have you recently become injured or disabled due to a nasty fall that was not your fault? Are unable to continue working? Have you slipped outside of an establishment due to improper slip and fall prevention procedures?
You may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering.
No one should be forced to pay for an injury due to the negligence of another person or organization. You should be free to walk on the sidewalk without fear that you will become injured or disabled.
There are so many things to worry about in this crazy, modern world – a casual walk outside should not be one of them. Trying to properly execute your job and earn a living wage should not be a death-defying task.
Unfortunately, many Americans face this issue and have to fight to be recognized, let alone receive the proper compensation they deserve. When your insurance is not able to pay the entire sum of your potential medical bills, you are forced to foot the bill.
This is unacceptable and completely not your fault. Please read further to learn about the different slip and fall injuries that may be eligible for compensation as well as what you can do to find help with 1-800-HURT-NOW.
Types of Slip and Fall Injuries
Nearly a third of adults over the age of sixty-five will slip and fall every year. This is sadly a very common occurrence. Some of the more mild, but still very serious resulting injuries include sprains and strains, bruises and bumps, cuts and scratches, as well as fractured bones.
However, as you age there is an increased risk of permanent injury or disfigurements. As stated by the CDC, 17,000 Americans die annually from injuries resulting from a slip and fall.
For many Americans over the age of 55 slipping and falling is in fact the primary cause of work-place related injuries.
There are unfortunately many different conditions that can create a slippery environment. Some of the most common causes of slips include:
- Filthy or unclean working conditions created by spills and clutter
- Weather conditions such as black ice, snow, and rain
- Loose mats, rugs, and stepladders
- Poor lighting and other infrastructure issues that result in falling downstairs
Slip, Trip, And Fall Scenarios
Consider the following common slip and fall situations.
Slipping And Falling At Work
Perhaps you are an essential food service worker. You work hard every day, putting your life at risk to ensure that your industry can continue to run smoothly throughout the pandemic. You are an asset and hopefully, you are made to feel appreciated for your service. Now it is the lunch rush. You hurry to the backroom to restock supplies. You use the employer-provided step-stool to grab a box of napkins from the overhead shelf.
Before you realize what has happened, the poorly maintained step-stool slips, the heavy boxes tumble down – and you fall!
Now you are unable to finish your shift and work for some time. You may be eligible for workers’ compensation but if you are too preoccupied with nursing your injury, you may not correctly file for this benefit and miss out on payment.
You deserve to know that while you do everything you can to keep others safe and healthy, that your employer is doing the same for you.
Slipping And Falling At A Business
Now consider if you are simply walking past an establishment after some wet weather. You have just recently retired, and you look forward to having your grandchildren over for dinner this evening. Perhaps you are in a hurry, thinking about chores and mentally preparing a grocery list.
You walk past the entryway of your favorite local grocery store and before you know it – you hit the ground, hard. You lay on an unsalted sheet of ice, with no safety mats in sight.
Now all you can think about is what could possibly have broken and how you are going to pay for the inevitable medical bills.
Broken bones and bone fractures are exceptionally difficult to recover from as you age. Not only this, but you are at an increased risk for blood clots due to such injuries as well.
Not only has your entire day been affected. Quite possibly, your entire life may now have changed for the worse.
You deserve to safely access your favorite essential businesses without worrying if you will slip on ice and land in the hospital by the end of the day.
If these situations resonate with you, keep reading to learn how you may be eligible for compensation and seek a settlement.
What to Do After A Slip And Fall Injury
You are injured and unable to work, or even care for your most basic needs independently. Through no fault of your own, your life has changed and you may be facing a pile of medical bills and other notices.
You may not be able to live the life you once did before the accident occurred. You may feel helpless. You may feel angry at the outcome of the situation. You may even feel that you have been cheated out of the quality of life that you deserve.
You are absolutely right! So now what do you do?
Seek Medical Attention
First and foremost you must seek medical attention immediately. Do not wait to receive treatment. The longer you wait to attend to an injury, the more likely the effects can debilitate you.
Your health is the utmost priority. Whatever expenses are incurred after the fact should not be your concern. Take care of yourself, find treatment for your slip and fall injury, and focus on healing properly.
Do Not Sign Anything
Do not sign anything that would hold you liable for the injury. Once you sign a document and consent to any fault, your chance of receiving a settlement will likely not be as successful as if you had signed nothing at all.
You do not need to accept fault to receive treatment.
Be Organized And Take Down Details
Try to keep your documents organized. Maintain a record of every doctor you see. Find out the name of every associate you speak with. Every bit of information you receive can help your case.
Take detailed notes. The more information you can keep track of and provide, the more furnished your case will be. Keep track of dates and appointment times. If you receive any bills or invoices for your medical expenses, keep them along with everything else.
Document what you have had to pay out of pocket for and keep those receipts as well. Out of pocket expenses can include items you have needed to purchase to maintain a decent quality of life after the incident occurred.
What Compensation You May Be Entitled To
Settlements for slip and fall injury cases are determined by many factors. Your injury lawyer will negotiate the amount that the party who is responsible for your injury with you.
The settlement amount is determined by judging how likely a jury would convict the responsible party, which is why keeping detailed records is so important.
The more information you can provide which would show the guilt of the organization responsible for your injury, the more likely a jury would convict. Thus this can result in a larger settlement amount.
The average slip and fall settlement amount is a relatively large sum. The amounts vary due to reasons relating to the location, cause, injury, and the parties involved in the incident.
- About $12 billion are paid annually in relation to slip and fall incidents. The medical costs and compensation that are associated with employee slip and fall workplace accidents are around $70 billion annually.
- The figures for a typical slip and fall settlement are estimated to be within the range of $45,000 to $$50,000. The cost associated with a slip and fall-related death is about $200,000 to $1 million.
- Occupational injuries due to trips and falls that are disabling, whether temporary or permanent, are settled between $250,000 to $300,000.
If you sustained your injury on the job at a workplace and were forced to miss work, you should be entitled to the full amount of wages. Then you would have earned had you been able to work is calculated by your pay stubs and your average salary.
Medical expenses that may be included are:
- Hospital visits
- Procedures such as X-rays and MRIs
- Devices such as wheelchairs or walkers
- Pain medication, both prescribed and over the counter
- Physical therapy and pain management services
- Mental health counseling due to injury-related trauma
- Travel expenses incurred going to and from appointments.
Pain and Suffering
The cost of pain and suffering is based on the multiplier your insurance adjuster and the lawyer agree is best to describe your situation. This means the number of your medical bills will be multiplied by the agreed-upon amount, which will equal the estimated cost of your pain and suffering.
Pain and suffering can typically be estimated to $15,000, even for small injuries. This amount is valued based on the severity of the injury, however, and can be thousands of dollars more depending on the type of injury.
How 1-800-HURT-NOW Can Help!
Now you will need a specialized slip and fall lawyer from an injury law firm to review your case and help you understand what you are responsible for and what you rightfully deserve.
With the help of 1-800-HURT-NOW, you can almost instantly become connected with practicing lawyers in your area to discuss your options. There are slip and fall firms in fifty states that you can discover through the hotline or through online channels.
Seek Representation From A Slip And Fall Injury Lawyer
Injuries happen throughout a person’s lifetime. However, if you have been victimized by a negligent workplace or party that did not take proper slip and fall prevention precautions, you deserve justice.
You do not have to go through this experience alone!
Recovering from a traumatizing injury is difficult enough. Now imagine all of the other factors of life that come into play when you are hurt and taken out of commission. Missing work is stressful and can lead to serious mental health issues, among many other material issues.
You may not be able to prevent a slip and fall injury, but you can stop yourself from being taken advantage of. You can benefit greatly from seeking legal counsel and finding out what all of your options are.
A personal injury firm is exactly the people with whom you need to come in contact. There are so many options out there that it can seem intimidating at first. Finding a law firm that has your best interests at heart is time-consuming.
You have options. 1-800-HURT-NOW can easily help you access a slip and fall injury attorney to provide you with the care and attention that you need to win a settlement case.