Slip and Fall Injuries
Injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident can be serious, and sometimes life altering. Injuries can be minor, including broken bones or cuts and lacerations, but in some cases, they can be catastrophic. Medical bills can pile up quickly and create a financial crisis for the victim and their family. Seeking the counsel of an experienced slip and fall lawyer can ensure that victims are justly compensated for their injuries.
Causes of Slip and Fall Injuries
Accidents happen all the time, but when they are due to the negligence or carelessness of another, injured victims can hold those responsible liable for their injuries. Proprietors, business owners, retail and restaurant managers, and even homeowners have a legal responsibility to keep their property safe from unnecessary hazards. When they fail to do so, they can suffer serious penalties.
Slippery, icy, and wet surfaces are very dangerous. A light snow or rain storm can turn a standard walkway or store entrance into a virtual skating rink. Slip and fall accidents are very common on wet surfaces. Cold temperatures can make walkways dangerous while snow covered surfaces can become uneven and treacherous. Victims who slip and fall on these surfaces can suffer broken bones, head injuries, spinal and neck injuries, and severe cuts and lacerations.
Loose flooring, torn carpet, cracked tile, and uneven surfaces can also result in a nasty fall. In these types of accidents, victims tend to fall forward as they trip. Facial injuries, broken arms, shoulders, hands, and legs are very common in this type of accident. Brain and neck injuries can also occur as victims lunge forward and hit their head on a firm surface.
Broken handrails, poor lighting, and loose steps can result in victims plummeting down several steps. Because of the height of some stairwells, victims can tumble several times on the way down, hitting hard surfaces along the way. Broken hips, legs, and ankles, fractured arms and shoulders, and head or spinal injuries are common in this type of accident. Permanent disability can result from spinal and neck injuries.
Uneven surfaces and potholes in parking lots can cause someone to twist their ankle, often breaking it and their arms or hands as they go down onto the hard asphalt. Poor lighting in parking lots is another issue that leads to slip and fall accidents. Pedestrians are often preoccupied as they walk through a parking lot, looking for their car, carrying packages, and sometimes fumbling with their keys. In poorly lit parking lots, people are very apt to miss debris or other cars that can hit them.
Filing a Slip and Fall Lawsuit
A slip and fall accident can result in serious and fatal injuries. Victims can suffer long recovery periods that include hospitalization, surgery, ongoing medical tests and office visits, physical and cognitive therapy, and prescription medication. Individuals may also be unable to work temporarily, and in some cases, may even suffer permanent disability.
When spinal and brain or neck injuries occur, victims are often subjected to life altering disabilities that require assisted mobility devices and home health care. Paralysis can occur when people fall and injure their back or neck, preventing them from returning to work. Families suffer from the expenses brought on by their loved one’s injuries and disabilities.
Filing a successful slip and fall lawsuit can provide the compensation necessary to rebuild life after a severe injury. Medical bills and ongoing assistance combined with lost wages can quickly devastate a family’s finances. A personal injury lawsuit can provide the compensation necessary to allow the victim and their family to focus on their physical recovery without the burden of financial worries.
South Jersey Slip and Fall Lawyers at the D’Amato Law Firm Help Injured Victims Claim Compensation
If you or someone you know has been injured in a slip and fall accident, call the South Jersey slip and fall lawyers at the D’Amato Law Firm at 609-926-3300, or contact us online to schedule a consultation today. Our offices are conveniently located in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, and we proudly serve clients throughout the state, including Atlantic County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Gloucester County, Burlington County, Salem County, Camden County, and Ocean County.