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Injuries from Trips and falls are the second most common injury after motor vehicle accidents. A victim may have encountered a hidden danger on someone else’s property causing him or her to fall and be injured. Because of your injury, you may be entitled to compensation.
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What is a Slip and Fall Injury?
Slip and fall injuries are types of personal injuries that, as their name suggests, occur when someone slips and injures themselves. For example:
- Someone is walking along an icy sidewalk, then loses their footing and falls, breaking their tailbone
- Someone walks on slippery ground in a restaurant. Employees did not put up a “wet floor” sign. The individual falls and lands on the wrist, significantly spraining it
- A worker traverses a hazardous worksite, slipping on oily ground. The worker suffers significant bruising as a result and files for workers’ compensation
All of the above examples are slip and fall incidents, though with different contexts and causes.
Most slip and fall events cause a number of injuries, which can range from moderate to severe. Slip and fall injuries are distinct from other types of falling injuries – they’re almost always environmentally based, so someone pushing another is not an example of a slip and fall incident.
One last thing: slip and fall injuries are not the same thing as a trip and fall injury in legal contexts. Specifically, slip and fall injuries only occur when you slip on something that causes you to lose your footing. Most commonly, slip and fall injuries cause people to fall on their sides or backward.
In contrast, trip and fall injuries occur when something catches your step and causes you to fall. The majority of trips and falls occur when someone falls forward. This legal distinction may play an important role in a slip and fall case.
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Common Slip and Fall Injuries
Those who have an accident may obtain a number of serious injuries. Depending on the hardness of the ground and how a person falls, you may experience injuries including:
- mild bruising
- broken bones
- sprained ankles or wrists
- head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries if the head is impacted in a certain way
- tooth injuries
- and more
Because these kind of accidents can vary dramatically, and because many of them can be quite severe, slip and fall injury cases or workers’ compensation filings often account for significant medical bills or other costs.
In any given case, an investigation will be performed to gather the extent of any injuries sustained, determine what (if any) fault lies with a business or another individual, and what any sustained injuries might cost in terms of medical bills, lost income and other factors.
Our attorneys have decades of experience settling personal injury claims. We are so confident that we can get you and your family the compensation you deserve, we won’t charge you a dime if we can’t get you the help you need.
We only represent individuals, never insurance companies and we will work on your behalf to make sure your rights are protected when dealing with insurance companies. Don’t let pushy insurance adjusters force a settlement on you that leaves your and your family to suffer.
Compensation for Slip and Fall Cases
Since the majority of slip and fall cases are filed due to injuries sustained by the victim of the incident, compensation also usually revolves around those costs.
For example, an injured worker may require workers’ compensation and additional compensation in order to make up for their regular paycheck and cover the cost of past and future medical expenses.
Meanwhile, citizens who sue a commercial business for having unsafe conditions on their property may pursue compensation to cover:
- past and future medical expenses
- loss of income if they can’t work for the duration of their recovery
- pain and suffering
- and more
Because the costs involved, many businesses or workplaces will fight tooth and nail to prevents plaintiffs from winning them.
Ultimately, slip and fall injuries can be quite dangerous, even though they are also very common. It’s everyone’s responsibility to try to maintain safe work and business environments to minimize slip and fall injuries as much as possible.
But in the event that you do suffer an injury due to a trip or fall, your next move should be to look into either workers’ compensation claim or damages from a lawsuit depending on your circumstances.
Workplace Slip and Fall Injuries
There are two broad types of slip and fall cases: those that occur at workplaces and those that occur on business premises.
At the workplace, all workers are entitled to a safe work environment, and businesses that employ workers are required to provide those environments, as well as provide employees with requisite safety gear or footwear to ensure they don’t suffer from injuries in the course of their duties.
But even in the best-case scenario, workers may still occasionally have accidents. Two things can occur:
The resulting investigation may find that the workplace or employer is not at fault. In this case, workers’ compensation may still be pursued since the worker in question suffered the injury over the course of his or her normal duties.
The resulting investigation finds that the workplace or employer is at fault. In this case, the employee may file for workers’ compensation and file a lawsuit against the employer.
What exactly is workers’ compensation? In a nutshell, workers’ compensation procedures and laws allow employees to file for compensation for any injuries they may suffer over the course of their normal duties.
In order to prove that they qualify for workers’ compensation, they must:
- prove that the injury was sustained during workplace hours on workplace premises
- prove that the injury was sustained during regular activities or operations
- prove that the injury was not sustained due to reckless behavior on their part
If all three of these aspects are proven, workers may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. Such benefits often include coverage for medical bills and expenses, as well as regular payments over the duration of their recovery. This allows workers to continue earning an income even though they may not be able to come into work for some time.
Employers do not normally pay for workers’ compensation out-of-pocket. Instead, they most often have insurance companies that pay for workers’ compensation in exchange for monthly payments.
The majority of workplaces in the United States have workers’ compensation forms that employees can fill out to apply for this benefit. When filling out a form for a slip and fall injury, workers must be careful to establish:
- how they received the injury
- where they received the injury
- how much their medical bills are estimated to be
- and more
Some workers’ compensation claims also prevent workers from suing the company if they plan to take workers’ compensation. All employees should look at the details of their company’s workplace compensation procedures before filing.
Non-Workplace Slip and Fall Injuries
If an injury is sustained outside the workplace but on business premises, a citizen might decide to file for a slip and fall lawsuit.
All businesses are required by law to keep their premises safe during workplace hours within reasonable standards. For example:
If an employee mopped a floor at a restaurant, that employee is required to put up a “wet floor” sign so that individuals know to stay away.
Similarly, a business in a northern or snowy climate is required to keep its entrance free of ice and snow during business hours.
A business may not excessive messes, spills, or other slippery materials on the floor for undue periods of time.However, if a business fails to take proper precautions, someone might trip, slip and subsequently injure themselves on their premises, leaving them at fault for the accident. Note that individuals do not have to be customers (intended or actual) to put the blame on a business for their injuries.
Slip and Fall Lawsuit and Liability
In a slip and fall lawsuit, liability is proven by the prosecution by establishing a number of facts:
- The owner or business created the condition
- The owner or business knew that the condition existed
- The owner or business did not try to correct the condition OR
- The slippery condition existed for a long enough time that the owner or business should have discovered and fixed the issue before the slip and fall accident
In summary, it has to be proven that a business or business owner was negligent and that negligence directly caused the slip and fall incident to occur.
These rules are very similar if a worker tries to prove that their workplace is responsible for their injury. They must essentially prove that their employer knew about the dangerous conditions and failed to correct them in time to prevent the accident from occurring.
However, slip and fall lawsuits are not as cut and dry when it comes to private property. Individuals are not necessarily responsible for keeping their property safe for others to traverse. For instance, driveways and porches are often considered gray areas that are both part of the public domain (since public servants like mailpersons use them frequently) and that are also considered private for the individuals that own them.
Slip and Fall Injury Types
Head injuries are often the most severe type of injuries a person may suffer. That’s because any head injury has the potential to cause brain damage. When the skull is impacted severely, traumatic brain injuries may occur, leading to symptoms like:
- headaches and migraines
- memory loss
- long-term mental disabilities
- and more
It’s also common for individuals to suffer limb injuries when they fall. Human instinct is to stick out one’s legs and arms to catch oneself during a fall. But if the fall is sudden, a person might accidentally land on a limb, twist the limb, or hit the limb on a hard surface or part of the surrounding environment.
Wrist and Ankle Injuries
Similarly, wrists and ankles often become sprained, bruised, or broken when people may try to catch themselves. But pressing all of your weight onto your wrist, for instance, the fall can cause undue stress on the joint and lead to it being sprained or broken.
When someone slips, they may suffer neck injuries from hitting their heads or necks against the side of a street or a flat surface. Additionally, it could lead someone’s head to suddenly snap back when they land back-first on the ground, causing severe whiplash. These kinds of injuries are not only dangerous to the head but also to the neck, and may lead to long-term nerve damage, muscle soreness, and even a broken neck that will require serious medical intervention.
Landing on your back can lead to a number of negative side effects and secondary conditions. Most slip and falls occur such that a person falls backward to land either on their rear or their back. For individuals who already have sore backs or back health issues, this can be particularly problematic or painful.
Many people fall backward and accidentally land hard on their tailbones. If the surface beneath them is hard enough, they may end up bruising, cracking, or breaking their tailbone, which can lead to significant and long-term discomfort and pain.