Slip and Fall accidents
Slip and fall accidents are, by far, the most common types of personal injury accidents suffered. Slip and fall accidents occur every day – multiple times per day. Most people have experienced at least a few slip and fall accidents in their lifetimes, ranging from slipping on playgrounds, hallways, and sidewalks, for example. In general, slip and fall accidents are associated with only minor injuries – perhaps a few sprains, scrapes, and bruises. However, slip and fall accidents can leave victims with severe injuries; some slip and fall accidents can even be fatal. If you suffered a slip and fall accident, you must explore the possibility of filing a slip and fall claim against the liable party.
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Slip and Fall Injuries
The injuries suffered during slip and fall accidents depend on a few details, including the location of the accident, the surrounding area, and a few details about the victim. In general, older victims are more likely to suffer extreme injuries; however, victims of all ages could experience varying injuries. Some of the most common slip and fall injuries include the following:
- Head injuries
- Brain injuries
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Knee injuries
- Hip injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Broken bones
- Torn ligaments
- Nerve damage
- Ankle/foot injuries
- Wrist/hand injuries
Regardless of the injuries that you suffered, your slip and fall accident likely resulted in multiple damages – which could make you eligible to recover compensation.
Common Locations of Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can occur virtually anywhere. Some of the most common locations where slip and fall accidents include grocery stores, department stores, parking lots, schools, homes, hospitals, and workplaces, for examples. Overall, any location in which you could walk could potentially be the location of a slip and fall accident.
Common Slip and Fall Hazards
As previously mentioned, slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere. Some of the most common types of hazards that lead to slip and falls include the following: wet floors, spills, leaks, misplaced mats, torn carpeting, slippery stairs, icy floors, and trash, for example. These hazards are present virtually everywhere. If ignored, these hazards could quickly lead to slip and fall accidents and a host of preventable injuries.
Explaining Negligence in Slip and Fall Accidents
Establishing negligence is essential in slip and fall accidents. Depending on the location of your slip and fall accident, a liable party owes you and others a specific duty of care to keep the premises free of hazards. When this duty of care is breached, you suffer a slip and all accident, which could result in a number of injuries. If the injuries that you suffered during your slip and fall accident could be directly attributed to the negligent actions of a liable party, you could file a lawsuit and fight for your right to receive compensation. Consult with our Upland personal injury lawyers for more details.
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Could You Sue and Receive Compensation?
Depending on the specific details of your claim, you could sue and fight for your right to be compensated. Although every slip and fall claim is different, you might be eligible to recover some of the following types of compensation:
- Medical costs: compensation for the expenses associated with medical treatment for the injuries suffered during the slip and fall accident.
- Lost wages: compensation for the income lost because of the accident (back and front pay).
- Pain and suffering: compensation for the mental and emotional distress (depression, embarrassment, fear, anxiety) caused by the accident and the injuries suffered.
- Punitive damages: compensation awarded as punishment to the defendant to prevent similar situations from reoccurring.
If you would like to learn more about liability for your fall, do not hesitate to contact our law firm as soon as possible.