Slip, trip, and fall accidents may sound innocuous enough, but when you suffer an injury in a fall because someone was negligent, you may feel frustrated and overwhelmed. Slip, trip, and fall accidents can happen anywhere and can have serious consequences. From shattered kneecaps to broken hips, a fall can be devastating and can even lead to death. A Nassau County slip and fall attorney at Rosenberg and Gluck, LLP understands the seriousness of these types of injuries and is here to help.
While most slip, trip, and fall incidents are truly unintentional accidents, stores, public spaces, and private property owners are responsible for providing a reasonable degree of safety for visitors. Failing to put a wet floor sign out after mopping, leaving a paint can in the center of an aisle, or not attending to broken railings, can all be regarded as negligence in a case.
If a Nassau County store owner or other responsible party is aware of a hazard and does not take reasonable measures to correct the problem, he or she could be found responsible for a victim’s injuries. Proving negligence is the number one priority in a slip, trip, and fall case.
Slip and Fall: Injury Statistics
Over one million people experience a slip and fall injury in the United States each year, and over 17,000 people die from their injuries. Slip and fall accidents account for 15% of work-related injuries. They are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries, which account for 46% of fatal falls among older adults.
One out of every five falls causes a serious injury. Over 800,000 people visit hospitals every year because of slip and fall injuries, most of which are hip fractures and head injuries. Falls cause more than 95% of hip fractures, primarily in older people.
Common Slip and Fall Injuries
The most common types of slip and fall injuries include soft tissue injuries, head injuries, cuts and abrasions, spinal cord injuries, and fractured or broken bones. Soft tissue injuries can be anything from a wrist sprain to a torn ligament. They are often not outwardly visible, so some people do not initially realize that they have them.
People who suffer a head injury of any kind should take it seriously. Even seemingly minor head injuries can lead to serious problems. Many slip and falls cause concussions, which sometimes resolve quickly but can also result in long-term problems. Other head injuries can also be much more severe.
Cuts and abrasions are one of the least serious injuries that can come from falls. They may look severe but often heal more quickly than other types of slip and fall injuries.
Spinal cord injuries can change a person’s life forever. If the accident severs the spinal cord in any way, the victim could suffer partial or total paralysis. These are among the most expensive injuries to treat, so lawsuits involving spinal cord injuries can result in very significant damage awards.
Broken bone injuries range widely in severity. Some broken bones only require casts and braces to recover and others need multiple surgeries. If you feel sudden sharp pain after a fall, seek medical attention as soon as possible, as you could have broken a bone.
What to Do After an Accident in Nassau County
If you have been injured in a slip, trip, and fall accident, you may initially think that the accident was your fault. Look around at the environment. If you suffered an injury and the cause of your accident was not your own inattention, you may be entitled to compensation. A well-versed Nassau County slip and fall attorney at our firm can help you secure adequate recoveries for your injury.
Smartphones have revolutionized the world of personal injury law. Take as many pictures as you can, if you are able. Photographic evidence is very powerful in personal injury claims and can highlight the cause of an accident without relying solely on witness accounts. Ask for bystanders’ information. Their accounts may be helpful if a claim goes to court.
Call for medical attention and have someone inform the manager on duty or property owner. The place of operation may need to file a report of the accident. Get copies of all medical records associated with the accident and make sure they reflect your injury properly. Take pictures of your injury, too, if possible.
Do not admit fault or talk freely about the accident until you consult a lawyer. Contact one of our qualified Nassau County personal injury attorneys who specialize in slip, trip, and fall accidents. At Rosenberg & Gluck, LLP, we provide free case evaluations and begin all accident cases as quickly as possible. Our approach is compassionate and personalized. We will start with your case evidence and information and conduct our own investigation to recreate a comprehensive picture of the accident.
Many slip, trip, and fall cases are settled outside of the courtroom, but we prepare every case as though it is going to court to ensure that we have accounted for all possibilities. In some cases, a third party may be liable for the accident. It is important that we begin our work quickly to discover all the details of the case.
Compensation for Nassau County Slip and Fall Victims
The court considers various factors when determining how much to award in compensation or damages. It may award you medical expenses, which include any medical fees you incurred because of your injury, hospitalization fees, and any other costs that you had related to medical care.
The court may also award you compensation for pain and suffering. It is more difficult to apply a monetary value to pain and suffering because it is more subjective and, therefore, requires experienced and skillful Nassau County slip and fall lawyers to prove adequately.
In addition to pain and suffering, the defendant may also need to compensate you for lost wages and loss of earning capacity. Lost wages account for money lost because of days you took off work to recover. The court applies loss of earning capacity if your injury prevents you from doing a job that pays as much as the position you had before the injury. The court may order the defendant to compensate you for the difference between your previous salary and the lower salary that you earn after the accident.
The court may choose to award you compensation for incidental expenses, which are costs that you incur only because of your injury. For example, the court may award you incidental damages if you need to spend significantly more on gas because of visits to a specialist who is located far from your home.
Rosenberg & Gluck, LLP | Local Nassau County Slip and Fall Lawyers
Rosenberg & Gluck, LLP believes in fighting for victim’s rights. We handle every case on a contingency fee basis. That means that we don’t accept payment until our clients are awarded damages. Our goal is to help you get well so that you can get back to your life.
Our seven attorneys specialize in personal injury law in Nassau County and New York. We understand the complexities of the laws in our state and can help you determine the best course of action for your case. Among our team, we have a century of experience in handling personal injury cases including slip, trip, and fall cases. Let us help you get started on your claim today, and we’ll help you get back on your feet. Call our office at (516) 451-7900 or contact us online today.