Injuries Victims Can Suffer Due to Slipping and Falling
Not only are the causes of slip and fall accidents varied, but the personal injuries that result can also range from mild to severe, such as:
- Strains and sprains
- Torn ligaments and tendons
- Broken bones
- Hip injuries
- Brain injuries
- Spine injuries
- Wrongful death
Especially vulnerable to slip and fall injuries are elderly adults age 65 or older. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that three million seniors are treated in emergency rooms for falls annually, with more than 800,000 requiring hospitalization. Falls therefore pose a substantial risk to older adults. It is the duty of property owners to do their utmost to provide a safe, risk-free environment for visitors, and that includes taking older citizens into account. If the cause of your fall could have been avoided if it weren’t for someone else’s oversight, you are the victim of negligence.
Broken or injured hips are a common consequence of slipping and falling, especially for older individuals. Hip injuries can result in lifelong consequences for slip and fall victims. A 2014 study with the National Center of Biotechnology Information (NCBI) even linked hip fractures with increased chance of death. Hip injury victims face hospital stays, long recovery times, and the potential for other medical complications down the road. If you are facing this injury, do not wait to become overwhelmed with medical bills and the changes to your lifestyle. Contact the office of a slip and fall lawyer serving Smithtown to learn your options for pursuing damages to offset your bills and compensate you for your pain and suffering.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) occur when the head is struck, jolted, or shaken suddenly, causing bruising, bleeding, and other neurological injuries. Concussions, cognitive and behavioral problems, paralysis, and coma can result from a TBI, which also come with steep diagnostic expenses and hospital bills. The most common cause of a TBI is falling. Our slip and fall lawyers take brain injuries that result from falling incidents very seriously. We know how much they impact the lives of victims physically, financially, and emotionally. We do not want you to have to face that prospect alone.
Both hip injuries and TBIs put fall victims at risk of an early death, and other incidents of slipping and falling could also potentially cause life-threatening injuries. If your loved one slipped and fell and passed away as a result, a wrongful death suit could help cover remaining medical costs and funeral expenses, as well as compensate you for the emotional trauma of losing a loved one. Contact Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. today to learn more about your legal options by calling (631) 451-7900.