Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer
Slip and Fall Injuries Happen Let Us Protect Your Rights
If you get hurt it is very important to consult with an experienced slip and Fall accident lawyer sooner rather than later to preserve the evidence and your rights.
Falls Among Older Adults
Every year 2.5 million adults experience a serious injury from falling. Unfortunately, many of these falls occur to people age 65 and older. Importantly, however, is that almost all of these incidents could have been prevented. If you or a family member have fallen contact a Kansas City fall lawyer. Speak with one who knows the laws governing fall injuries in Missouri and Kansas.
Slipping on Wet Floors or Spills
Many slips and fall injuries occur when a business or property manager neglects to provide proper maintenance. There are several state laws and local ordinances that require these businesses to provide a safe environment for customers, tenants, employees, and others. The first few days are crucial and a prompt investigation critical to gathering key evidence in order to win your case. These businesses will do anything to avoid paying a victim’s injury claim even when it is clearly their responsibility.
Slipping on Icy Pavement
Winter storms in Kansas City are known to dump freezing rain, snow or sleet on city streets. This can often result in slippery roadways, parking lots, stairways, and sidewalks that can be dangerous for anyone who needs to use them on a regular basis.
In Kansas City, property owners may be responsible for clearing these pathways and utilizing rock salt to make them safely passable.
Trips on uneven surfaces
There are many unique circumstances that can occur such as:
Debris on floors
Exposed electrical wiring
Lack of handrails
Holes in flooring
Poorly maintained parking lots
In Kansas City, property owners may be responsible for an injury as a result of these conditions.
What types of injuries are sustained?
When you are hurt in a slip and fall, the amount of money you can recover from the property owner or renter who was responsible for the accident will vary depending upon how badly you were hurt. Common injuries that result from slip and fall accidents include:
Fractures. NFSI reports that falls cause 87 percent of bone fractures in adults ages 65 and up. Hip fractures are a common result of slip and falls among the elderly, but anyone of any age can break a bone in a fall.
Death. The CDC reports that falls are the top cause of death for adults ages 65 and up. Children are especially vulnerable to death as a result of a slip and fall, although anyone can suffer fatal injuries in slip and fall accidents.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Hitting your head in a fall can cause you to develop this condition, which causes ongoing cognitive impairment, mood changes, seizures, and other symptoms. The consequences of a brain injury from a fall can be very severe. An estimated 46 percent of fall-related deaths in 2000 occurred due to TBI, according to the CDC.
Spinal cord injury. NFSI reports that falls are the second most common cause of spinal cord damage in adults over the age of 65. Anyone who falls on their back could potentially damage the spinal cord and experience full or partial paralysis.
Neck, shoulder, and back injuries. These injuries can include damage to the soft tissues including the muscles, joints, and ligaments. Strains, sprains, and herniated discs can result from fall injuries.
Knee injuries. Injuries to the knee from a fall may include damage to soft tissues including sprains, strains, and tears.
Slip and fall injuries can have serious consequences and you may be forced to undergo lengthy and expensive medical treatments and rehabilitation. Your ability to work may be affected and you may experience ongoing pain.
The law allows you to be “made whole” for these losses. You can seek compensation for all of the costs and consequences of fall accidents including payment of medical bills, lost income/wages, pain and suffering damages, and emotional distress damages. If the fall leads to a death, then surviving family members can also recover compensation for loss of companionship and other wrongful death damages. Call an experienced personal injury lawyer today.
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