Slips, trips, and falls are the most common type of accident and, though they may not seem serious, they are a leading cause of hospital emergency room visits each year. Far from being a result of mere clumsiness or absentmindedness, these accidents can often be attributed to unsafe conditions, including slippery floors, uneven sidewalks, inadequate lighting and unsafe stairways. Injuries due to slip and fall accidents can be quite serious, ranging from lacerations to muscle sprains, broken bones, and serious head, neck or back injuries. These injuries can result in the need for long term medical care or physical therapy, and may result in permanent, even life threatening damages. Injuries due to slip and fall accidents are nothing to take lightly, and there are some important things to be aware of in regards to the lasting impacts these accidents can have, as well as actions you can take if you find yourself injured.
Serious Injuries Due to Slip and Fall Accidents
According to the National Floor Safety Council, over one million people visit hospital emergency rooms each year for slip and fall injuries. Injuries relating to slips, trips, and falls are not only surprisingly common – they can be alarmingly severe.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists traumatic brain injuries (TBI) as one of the most common and severe injuries due to slip and fall accidents, with approximately 40 percent of all TBI incidents attributed to these accidents. Traumatic brain injuries are a result of a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, which disrupts normal brain functioning. As the result of a fall, a bump or jolt to the head can result in loss of memory, motor skills, or mobility, requiring long term medical treatment and recuperation times, as well as ongoing physical therapy.
In addition to traumatic brain injuries, slip and fall accidents may also result in serious neck, back and spine injuries. Treatment for these types of injuries may involve the need for long term medical care also, as well as physical rehabilitation. As with head injuries, recuperation may be slow, and permanent decreases in quality of life are not uncommon.
Legal Help for Slip and Fall Injuries
For slip, trip, or fall accidents occurring outside of the home, in a public place of business such as a restaurant, department or grocery store, legal remedies may be available to compensate victims for damages. Florida laws on negligence and premises liability allow victims of slip and fall accidents to claim damages if their injuries were caused by unsafe conditions, such as:
- Wet or slippery floors;
- Uneven or improperly lit walkways;
- Unmarked obstacles along walkways or aisles; or
- Inadequate handrails on stairs.
In cases of negligence and premises liability, you would need to show that the business had some sort of knowledge that a dangerous condition existed, and should have taken the appropriate steps to address the condition, such as marking wet floors or uneven sidewalks, or replacing handrails on stairs.
Contact Hogan Frick Law
If you’ve been injured as a result of a slip, trip or fall, contact our experienced Florida personal injury attorneys. At Hogan Frick Law, with offices in Orlando, Gainesville, Ocala, Kissimmee, and Lakeland, we fight for your rights and help people like you recover damages due to medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call us today for a free case review.