While tripping and falling may sound like a minor incident, in many instances, a slip and fall can result in serious injuries. People suffer devastating, life-changing harm and even deaths from falling every year. Many of these accidents could have been prevented if the property owners where the accidents occurred had acted more responsibly.
When you or a loved one suffers harm in a fall while at another person’s property, you could be eligible for monetary compensation from the owner or caretaker. A Woodbridge slip and fall lawyer can help you pursue a full and fair settlement for your physical injuries and other losses. Reach out to a trusted personal injury attorney from Fredson Statmore Bitterman, LLC today.
Causes of Trip and Fall Accidents
Owners are responsible for regularly inspecting their property as well as keeping it in reasonable condition for people who legally visit the space. To have a successful slip and fall claim, an injured party must prove that the property owner, business owner, manager, landlord, or caretaker was somehow negligent in their property upkeep and maintenance and that this negligence directly led to their accident and injuries.
Negligence occurs when landowners allow hazardous conditions to develop or persist on their property or in their buildings that could cause a person to suffer an injury. Some of the most common property hazards that lead to falls include:
- Cracks in sidewalks
- Uneven flooring or walkways
- Bunched-up rugs or torn carpeting
- Broken railings on balconies or decks
- Broken steps or railings on staircases
- Potholes in driveways or parking lots
- Debris or obstacles in aisles and pathways
- Exposed electrical cords or wires on a floor
- Slippery floors from water, cleaning solutions, or spills
- Inadequate lighting, which causes people to be unable to see obstacles
- Accumulation of snow and ice on stairs or walkways that is left untreated
Our seasoned Woodbridge attorneys have successfully handled a wide variety of claims involving slips and falls. We know how to examine accidents carefully and can use our investigative skills to learn more about the hazardous condition that caused the fall, including how long it existed and whether the owner knew about it.
Types of Injuries That Follow Falls
A simple fall can completely disrupt a person’s life. They might suffer painful physical injuries, such as fractures, muscle strains or sprains, nerve damage, head injuries leading to brain injuries, spinal injuries, whiplash, cracked vertebrae, and herniated discs. These physical injuries can force people to undergo costly emergency medical treatments, including surgeries, followed by a lengthy recuperation period, which could involve repeated doctor visits and a grueling physical therapy regimen.
Emotional pain is also a significant concern after a serious fall. Finding a new sense of normal after suffering a severe injury can be challenging. Injured parties need to come to terms with their body’s limitations. Anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress are common. Many people injured by falls need extensive emotional counseling.
As they recover, some individuals might not be able to work, which could cause them to be unable to pay their medical bills and other expenses. Our hardworking attorneys can help an injured person seek damages for all of their losses after a slip and fall accident.
Call a Woodbridge Slip and Fall Attorney for Assistance
You should not have to worry about tripping or slipping at other people’s houses or businesses. When a careless property owner allows a dangerous condition to develop on their property, which causes you to fall and get hurt, you deserve compensation.
Call a Woodbridge slip and fall lawyer to discuss what happened. Our understanding legal team can help you decide whether you have a viable case.