Any accident can be dangerous, but those involving slip and falls are sometimes more dangerous than you might think. In most cases, these accidents are more embarrassing than they are harmful, but victims would still be wise to get a medical opinion. Doing so can rule out a serious injury that may have delayed symptoms (e.g. traumatic brain injury). At the same time, seeking medical help can put you as close as possible to immediate care if a severe injury has occurred.
Some of the most common injuries slip-and-fall victims in California suffer include broken bones, deep or severe bruising and the previously mentioned brain injury. If you need more reasons to take slip and falls seriously, take a look at some facts about fall incidents from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- One out of every five falls results in a serious injury
- Over 95 percent of hip injuries occur falling, usually a sideways fall
- If you fall just once, your risk of falling again doubles
- Falling is the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries
- Annually, about 3 million older people receive emergency treatment for falls
- Fall injuries hospitalize more than 800,000 victims each year
Now that you know the possible consequences associated with slip and falls, you might wonder what you can do if negligence on a property owner's part caused your accident. For many, the best solution involves taking the details of your accident and injury to an attorney.
By working closely with your lawyer, you can create a strategy to hold the at-fault party legally responsible for your harm. A premises liability claim is usually the result of such collaboration. Legal action can help you acquire the financial compensation you deserve to speed your recovery and replace your out-of-pocket expenses.