If hazards are present, your feet can slip from underneath you, and you fall to the ground, resulting in serious injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) research indicates you are not alone, and thousands of people suffer injuries related to falls every year. In fact, 800,000 people are hospitalized every year due to a slip and fall accident.
If your slip and fall injuries were the result of the negligence of a property owner to warn visitors of a hazardous or dangerous condition, you might have the legal right to pursue compensation for your losses. Hiring a West Hollywood slip and fall lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 223-5115 can help you better understand your legal rights.
Steps to Take After a Slip and Fall Accident
If you suffered injuries as a result of a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property (either a business or a personal residence), you should consider the following:
Seek Medical Attention
If you have not already done so, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible in order to ensure your safety and health.
Additionally, if you have already received a medical evaluation, but notice that your symptoms worsen or that you have additional symptoms, you should revisit your health care provider in order to receive an evaluation regarding these new symptoms.
Alert the Property Owner or Management
You should also alert the property owner of the slip and fall accident and indicate that you suffered injuries as a result of the dangerous or hazardous condition on the property owner’s premises. Visiting with the property owner immediately after the accident allows them to receive notice that a slip and fall accident occurred, and also established an exact time and date for your accident.
Never Accept Blame
Make sure to never accept or offer any type of blame for the accident, or offer any rationalizations or explanations regarding why you slipped and fell on their property. Never accuse the property owner of a violation of premises liability law, but simply let them know that the accident occurred on their property.
Keep a Detailed Daily Log
Following the slip and fall accident, make sure to keep a detailed log of your daily pain and suffering, doctor and medical appointments, and list any activities you no longer have the ability to perform, or daily tasks you can no longer complete, as a result of your injuries.
Types of Injuries Suffered by Victims of Slip and Fall Accidents
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) often occur as a result of a slip and fall accident when a victim hits their head on the ground or sharply moves their head in a different direction from their neck, resulting in whiplash. According to the CDC, victims must receive hospitalization as a result of a slip and fall injury, often due to head injuries and hip fractures. More than 95% of all hip fractures are the result of falling, and falls are the number one cause of TBIs in the United States.
The total medical costs for those victims that suffered a slip and fall injury totaled $50 billion in one year alone. Injuries other than TBIs and hip fractures include broken or fractured bones, nerve damage, internal organ bleeding, internal organ damage, lacerations, cuts, bruising, soft tissue damage, and even death.
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Challenges for Victims Following a Slip and Fall Accident
Many slip and fall victims do not immediately recover from their slip and fall injuries. Some injuries require continued medications, which can cause other medical issues or require continued physical therapy or even surgeries.
Additionally, many victims of slip and fall accidents suffer from psychological trauma following the accident, resulting in post-traumatic stress disorder. This kind of emotional trauma can leave a person with such incredible fear that they lose the courage to engage in everyday activities due to their fear of falling. The less active a person is over time, the more likely they are to continually become weaker, thus increasing their fall risk in the future.
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Compensation for Slip and Fall Injuries and Losses
First, a victim must prove that their slip and fall accident was the direct result of negligence on the part of the property owner. Many insurance companies will work hard to avoid paying a full and fair settlement to a victim of a slip and fall injury.
Because a slip and fall injury case rests on someone else’s negligence, a victim will have the responsibility to show that another person was the direct cause of their slip and fall accident. After a victim proves negligence, they then have the ability to receive compensation for their injuries and losses. Every slip and fall accident will have different circumstances and result in different injuries. Some of the types of compensation a victim may have the legal right to receive may include:
- Medical expenses and costs associated with any medical or health care treatments
- Lost wages, time lost from work, and other losses related to employment, including pension and employee benefit contributions lost or the loss of future wages
- Non-economic losses, including loss of enjoyment of life or the inability to perform daily tasks
- Pain and suffering
- Additional compensation for any permanent disability related to the slip and fall accident
For every type of compensation requested, a victim must have evidence in the form of bills, medical records, receipts, tax returns, employment records, or a daily diary of suffering to provide a foundation upon which to build a strong personal injury claim. Calling our legal team can help you understand how a West Hollywood slip and fall lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you determine the amount of compensation you may have a legal right to receive.
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Consider Hiring a West Hollywood Slip and Fall Lawyer
If you suffered injuries and losses related to a slip and fall accident, learn how a slip and fall lawyer at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 223-5115 can work with you to negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf and help you receive the compensation you deserve.
According to the California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) §335.1, you have two years from the date of your slip and fall to file a lawsuit for compensation.