Common Injuries That Come from Slipping and Falling
Each year in the U.S., millions of people experience a fall that causes bodily injury. In fact, more than eight million emergency room visits result from falls each year, the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) reports. The majority of these falls stem from falls on the same level compared to falls from an elevation. Slip-and-fall injuries can be painful, disabling and expensive to treat. In some cases, they can even lead to death.
For those who suffer a slip and fall, consulting with an Atlanta slip-and-fall injury lawyer is very important. In many situations, you can recover money after a slip and fall, either from your employer or from the property owner or person/company responsible for maintaining the property.
At The Millar Law Firm our experienced attorneys have been representing those injured in fall accidents since 1995. We will put our decades of legal expertise hard at work for you. Give us a call today at 404-620-4301 or contact us using our online form today to learn more about your legal rights and options.
Different Types of Atlanta Slip and Fall Injuries
When you slip and fall down, the impact of the fall on your body is going to vary, depending upon many different factors. Your age plays a major role. The elderly are more likely to be seriously hurt as a result of a fall accident than those who are younger and stronger. The surface upon which you fall and the way in which you land are also factors in how seriously you are injured in a slip and fall.
Although almost any type of injury can occur, some of the most common injuries that result from slips and falls include:
Bone fractures – The National Institute of Health indicates that the force and direction of a fall play a role in whether a bone fracture occurs. People who grab an object while falling or use their hands to break their fall are more likely to experience a fracture of the wrist or arm. Those who fall straight down or sideways are more prone to have a hip fracture. Tragically, more than half of elderly adults ages 65 and older who are hospitalized for a hip fracture do not return to independent living.
Knee injuries – According to Mayo Clinic information, certain types of knee injuries, such as ligament injuries, result from a fall or contact trauma. Ligaments are connecting bands of tissue from your thigh to the lower leg. There are four in each knee, including your posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) and your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Your ligaments can tear, causing intense pain and swelling and resulting in your knee’s buckling or giving way when you try to walk. Other knee injuries that can result from a fall may include tendon injuries, meniscus injuries, a dislocated knee-cap or a hyperextended knee.
Injuries to the shoulder – The Mayo Clinic identities falls as a common cause of a rotator cuff injury. The rotator cuff is the name for all of the tendons and muscles in your shoulder that connect your shoulder blade and upper arm bone and hold the ball of your upper arm bone in your shoulder socket. An injury to the rotator cuff can include any type of damage or irritation to these tendons and muscles, including strains, sprains or tears.
Back injuries – After a slip and fall, you may experience a ruptured disc, compression fracture, nerve damage, hemiplegia and/or hemiparesis. The Mayo Clinic indicates that falls are a possible cause of herniated discs, which can produce arm and leg pain, weakness, numbness and tingling.
Spinal cord damage – According to the Mayo Clinic, falls cause more than one-quarter of all spinal cord injury cases in the United States. A spinal cord injury can be devastating as it can result in partial or total paralysis depending upon the extent of the injury and the area on the spine at which it occurs. Spinal cord injuries can be extremely costly to treat and a person who experiences a spinal cord injury at age 25 could spend between $1,517,806 and $4,543,182 over his or her lifetime as a result, based on a study from the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center.
These are just a few of the common injuries that can occur as a result of a slip and fall. Unfortunately, death is also a very real possibility. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, for example, indicates that 108 workers died in 2011 as a result of trips, slips or other falls on the same level.
Obtaining Compensation After an Atlanta Slip and Fall Injury
When you suffer any type of fall injury, it is important to seek legal assistance from an Atlanta slip-and-fall lawyer. You may have a workers’ compensation claim or need to make a personal injury claim or file a lawsuit. To file a workers’ comp claim, you’ll need to show the fall happened at work, but you will not need to show negligence.
To make a personal injury claim, on the other hand, you’ll need to show that the property owner or person responsible for the property knew of some defect (or should have known of some defect) in the property, had time to warn you about it or correct it and failed to do so. You’ll also need to show that the danger wasn’t open and obvious.
Obtaining damages in a slip-and-fall case can be hard, because insurers know it is challenging for a fall victim to prove all required elements of his or her case.
At The Millar Law Firm, we have the knowledge and experience necessary to give you the best chance of recovering compensation. We’ve been representing fall victims since 1995. We can help you to gather evidence and find expert witnesses to testify on your behalf. Although we can work to negotiate settlements, we are also always preparing and ready to take your case to trial to protect all of your rights.
Contact an Atlanta Slip and Fall Injury Lawyer Today
The Atlanta slip-and-fall injury lawyers of The Millar Law Firm help those throughout Georgia who have been hurt in a fall to get justice. The Firm offers free case reviews to fall victims, and we represent victims of slip and trip and fall injuries on a contingent fee basis. You pay only if we win your case and secure compensation for you. To schedule your free consultation, use our online contact form or call us today at 404-620-4301.