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Slips and Falls: Common Injuries and Liability Concerns
Slips and falls may seem funny when they happen to other people, but these situations are no laughing matter. A slip and fall can lead to broken bones, head trauma and other injuries. Some people even die from their injuries.
Every year, slips and falls account for more than 1 million emergency room visits. The elderly, who often have weak, brittle bones, are the most at risk. Hip fractures are especially serious, often leading to fatality.
Slips and falls can happen virtually anywhere. In some cases, another person can be considered negligent and liable for any damages.
Common Slip and Fall Injuries
Broken bones are the most common injuries caused by slips and falls. Fractures to the ankles and wrists are common. Elderly people are more likely to suffer hip fractures, which are often deadly.
Damage to the knees is also common. Knees are made up of ligament and bones, and it is not uncommon for a fall to stretch or tear a ligament. This type of injury often causes immense pain and mobility issues and may require surgery.
If your head hits the floor during a fall, you could suffer a traumatic brain injury or other head trauma, including a gash or concussion. It is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Even a concussion can cause lasting brain damage if it goes untreated.
Who is Liable?
When determining liability in a slip and fall accident, there must be another party who caused the slip and fall accident to occur or failed to prevent it.
There are two situations in which a property owner can be held liable for a slip and fall accident. One situation would be if the property owner caused the accident. An example would be leaving an obstacle in the path of customers.
Another situation would be failing to fix a hazardous condition in a timely manner. For example, if an employee dropped a glass of liquid and did not clean up the spill for several hours, that would be enough time for a customer to be injured. The employer or business owner could be held liable.
Taking Legal Action
If you have suffered injuries from a slip and fall caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be able to receive compensation. If you were injured in a slip and fall, establishing liability is important. A lawyer can help guide you through the legal process and obtain the evidence needed to file a lawsuit against the liable party. The Law Offices of Thomas E. Porzio, LLC can help you recover compensation for damages. Contact the Waterbury, Connecticut office at (203) 573-0019.