Slipping and falling is not an unusual occurrence. In fact, people often trip, stumble and fall over all the time around New York. Too many people dismiss these instances as a clumsy misstep; however, there are many slip-and-fall accidents that are actually caused by property owner's negligence.
This is an important distinction to make, as in the latter case the property owner can and should be held accountable for a fall victim's injuries. And the fact is that these injuries have the potential to be very serious. Below, we examine some of the common injuries that people suffer in a slip, trip or falling accident.
Falling injuries can include:
- Hip fractures
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord damage
- Broken bones
- Serious lacerations
- Sprains and strains
- Accidental death
According to statistics from the National Floor Safety Institute, 8 million hospital visits are made every year as a result of falling accidents. Studies also indicate that falling incidences increase with every decade of life. They are also a leading cause of injury and missed workdays in various industries including construction and trucking.
With all this in mind, understand that you may be eligible for different types of compensation based on the details of your fall. You could pursue a premises liability claim against a negligent property owner; you could also pursue a workers' compensation claim.
The compensation you seek will also vary based on the specifics of your case. Older victims can require longer hospitalization, while younger people may have more to worry about in terms of lost wages.
Considering everything that is at stake after a slip-and-fall accident, it can be crucial for victims and their families to consult an attorney to assess their legal options. You have rights, and you should not have to pay the price for someone else's negligence.