Should I Pursue a Slip and Fall Claim?
Slip and Fall Injuries
What do you think is the number one cause of traumatic brain injuries? If you guessed falling-related accidents, then you’re right! While often minimized, slip and fall accidents often cause severe and lasting injuries. These injuries commonly result in significant financial losses that can sometimes be recovered in civil court.
Common Injuries Sustained in Slip and Fall Accidents
It’s easy to assume that a slip and fall won’t cause serious injury, but that assumption is often far from the truth. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) explains that about 3 million people are rushed to emergency rooms each year with fall-related injuries. While many falls don’t involve serious injury, about one in five falls do. Here are some of the most commonly reported injuries sustained after a slip and fall:
- Broken bones (wrists, arms, ankles, hips)
- Head injuries (traumatic brain injuries)
- Injuries to the knees
- Spinal cord injuries or nerve damage
- Shoulder dislocations
- Muscle strains
- Cuts and bruises
You don’t have to fall from a great height to sustain these injuries. In many situations, the fall occurs from ground level due to a slippery or icy surface. Even these types of slips can have disastrous consequences. As we age, we become both more susceptible to falls and more likely to get injured from them.
Elements of a Slip and Fall Claim
When you’ve received a serious injury from a fall, how can you expect to recover financially? If your accident was caused by the negligence of someone else, then it’s possible that they could be held financially liable for damages in court. To hold the other person is legally liable, you’ll need to prove four basic elements:
- The person or entity had a duty to act with reasonable care for your safety
- The person or entity failed to act with reasonable care
- This breach of duty caused the accident
- The accident led to damages
Damages from slip and fall cases often include compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and any lost wages. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your fall and injury, you may be eligible for additional financial compensation.
Should I Consider Filing a Lawsuit?
Do you think your slip and fall accident was caused by someone else? If you’ve sustained significant injuries, then it’s in your best interests to look into your legal options. If you’re considering filing a lawsuit, then Brown Law can help. Contact us online now to get more details on how to get started.
Contact an Atlantic City Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Slip and Fall Case in New Jersey
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a slip and fall 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 Brown Law represent clients injured because of slip and falls in Atlantic City, Galloway, Pleasantville, Hamilton Township, Longport, Folsom, and throughout New Jersey. Call 609-344-8270 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 3123 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 201, Atlantic City, NJ 08401.
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