Every year in the United States, more than 800,000 people are hospitalized from a slip-and-fall injury. Many of these medical stays are attributed to serious head injuries and hip fractures. A slip, trip or fall can happen virtually anywhere. At home, the workplace or in public. And it can happen so suddenly without any warning.
Your glasses fly off your face, you fall backward and strike your head on the ground or you try to brace yourself for the impact and break bones in your arm. This was not supposed to happen, and now you find yourself with serious injuries leading to costly medical bills and the inability to work.
Sidewalks, floors and buildings
Slippery surfaces and unsafe conditions often are at the root of a slip-and-fall injury. Sidewalks and parking lots have cracks and potholes; floors at retail stores, restaurants and workplaces may be slick; and a public building or your apartment complex may have missing stairs and handrails.
All of these unsafe ingredients can lead to injuries that may include:
- Fractures to arms, legs, wrists, ankles and hips.
- Skull fractures, traumatic brain injury and concussions. Such injuries can be especially serious for people who rely on blood thinners.
- Back, spine and nerve damage that can leave a person physically unable to function.
- Knee damage that can lead to torn meniscuses, ligaments and surgery such as knee replacement.
Liability issues then come to the forefront. Who is responsible for your injury? The negligent parties who failed to maintain proper upkeep and care. Who can help you recover financially? An experienced personal injury attorney. Please be alert and do your best not to be a slip-and-fall injury victim.