What Injuries Can You Sustain From a Slip and Fall Accident?
May 2, 2020
Did you know that slip and falls account for 21.3% of all emergency room visits? This startling statistic from the National Floor Safety Institute isn’t surprising when you learn just how catastrophic the injuries resulting from a slip and fall accident can be. At the Epstein Law Firm, P.A., we’ve represented clients who have been injured in these common types of accidents and understand how important it is to recover compensation if you’re unable to return to work. Below, we take a look at the common injuries that can be sustained from a slip and fall accident and how a skilled personal injury attorney can help you on your road to recovery.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), falls accounted for 48% of all brain injury-related emergency room visits in 2014. Statistics also show that four and out of five brain-injury related hospital visits in adults 65 and older were the result of falls, with children up to the age of 17 accounting for almost half of all brain injury-related visits.
A traumatic brain injury can result from a slip and fall accident regardless of whether or not your head makes contact with the ground. All it takes is a severe jolt to the head to cause damage. These types of injuries can majorly impair one’s ability to resume normal tasks. In severe cases, a traumatic brain injury may lead to confusion, lack of coordination, slurred speech and cognitive dysfunction. A catastrophic injury on this scale can create a huge financial strain on both you and your family.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Like traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries can wreck utter havoc on a person’s abilities and quality of life. Depending on the severity, spinal cord injuries may result in complete loss of control over bowel and bladder function, loss of sensation in the arms and legs, ongoing pain, and even paralysis. An injury of this magnitude will involve routine medical care and possibly home renovations if a wheelchair ramp and other devices need to be installed that grants the injured individual mobility throughout their home.
Your knee can be severely injured as a result of a slip and fall accident. This kind of injury may be the result of torn ligaments and depending on the severity, may even require knee reconstruction surgery in cases of patella dislocations. A dislocation of the patella is when a person’s kneecap slips out of place. While these kinds of injuries can heal without surgical intervention, there are many cases of surgery being required to pop the kneecap back into place and repair any damaged ligaments or tendons in the area.
Who is Responsible for My Slip and Fall Injuries?
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, there is a legal standard that is met in order to move forward with a claim. Afterall, accidents can and do happen. However, when your injuries were the result of someone else’s negligence, that individual should be held responsible for what happened. In order to determine liability in a slip and fall accident, the following must first be proven:
- Was it reasonable that the property owner didn’t fix the dangerous area yet?
- Would a reasonable person have put up signs to warn others of the potential risk?
- Should a reasonable person have known that there was inherent risk in that specific area?
- Could a reasonable person avoid the same injury by being more careful?
These factors are what our team at the Epstein Law Firm, P.A. looks at when determining the validity of your slip and fall accident claim. Our firm understands the nuances of these specific types of cases and will conduct an investigation into what happened to determine liability. Do you think you have a case? Our attorneys are ready to take your call.
Contact a Rochelle Park Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Slip and Fall Accident Case in New Jersey
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a slip and fall accident in New Jersey? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at the Epstein Law Firm, P.A. represents clients injured because of slip and fall accidents in Hackensack, Paramus, Englewood and Fair Lawn and throughout New Jersey. Call 201-380-7687 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 340 West Passaic Street Rochelle Park, NJ 07662.
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