At one time or another, we have all lost our footing and suffered a slip, trip or fall accident. In many cases, the injuries sustained are not that serious. Perhaps you suffer a bruise or graze your skin. However, not all slip and fall accident victims are so lucky.
As a Dallas-Fort Worth personal injury lawyer, I know that some slip or trip falls can result in very serious injuries indeed. Examples of these severe injuries include:
- Fractured hip
- Torn knee ligaments (ACL/MCL)
- Lower back injury
- Broken bone(s) in forearm, leg, ankle, pelvis, hand, upper arm
- Head injury
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injury
- Long-term medical complications
In the most serious slip and fall cases, the injuries sustained can be fatal.
If you or your relative fell and suffered a serious injury as a result, then it is important for you to consult with a board certified personal injury and wrongful death attorney who will be able to give you an honest and fair appraisal of your case. Depending on the unique circumstances of your fall, you may be entitled to compensation.
Who is at fault?
In order to successfully claim compensation following a serious slip, trip or fall, you must be able to prove negligence against the business where your accident occurred. This means that they were either responsible for causing the hazard which resulted in your accident or failed to rectify a dangerous situation. Of course, every situation is different, so it is important that you talk to a lawyer who can assess your particular case.
Who is most at risk for suffering serious fall injuries?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the group of people most at risk of suffering severe injuries as a result of a slip, trip or fall accident are those aged 65 or older. According to the CDC, one in three adults aged 65 plus will fall each year; and almost three in four of those aged 85 or older will fall and sustain a serious injury each year. Injuries suffered by fallen senior citizens are typically extremely serious in nature, which is why it is so important to consult with a Fort Worth personal injury attorney.
Constructions site workers and employees in the oil and gas industries or factories and warehouses are also at risk of suffering serious fall injuries. According to the CDC, slip, trip and fall injuries account for 15 percent of all workers compensation claims. Remember that if a third party’s negligence (i.e. not your employee or a co-worker) caused your fall, then you may be able to recover additional damages on top of any workers comp payment.
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