Gulfport Slip and Fall Injury Lawyers
Slip and fall accidents can be catastrophic, causing life-changing injuries such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and more. A major injury can occur when the victim falls from a great height or hits their head off something, such as a countertop or shelving unit. The outcome of the accident all depends on where and how the accident occurred.
When a life-changing injury occurs, victims have to deal with medical bills, lost wages, new disabilities, and more. They deserve to be fairly compensated for the damages associated with their injuries. Our attorneys here at Jones Law Group will make sure that they receive the most compensation possible for their accident.
Slip and falls are 100% preventable. This is why negligence is such a large part of these cases. While these accidents can be prevented, they're still the leading cause of emergency room visits. Specifically, falls account for over eight million visits each year.
Common Causes and Hazards That Lead to Slip and Fall Injuries
These accidents often occur because of someone else's negligence. For example, forgetting to clean up a spill or not keeping their business well maintained.
If the flooring in a business, apartment complex, or other commercial property is uneven, people may trip over the uneven spots. This is considered negligent as the business owner should have fixed the problem before anyone had the chance to trip over it.
Wet And Slippery Floors
Wet and slippery floors are especially common in restaurants and grocery stores. They're usually cleaned up right away. However, sometimes they're left uncleaned and without a warning sign.
If someone were to slip and injure themselves because of wet and slippery floors, the company might be liable for taking too long to clean it up.
Cracked Concrete And Potholes
Parking lots are often filled with hazards, including cracked concrete and potholes. If a business doesn't properly maintain their parking lot, anyone could seriously injure themselves. Cracked concrete and potholes that aren't flush with the ground are both serious hazards.
Inadequate lighting can cause slip and fall accidents in many different areas, including parking lots, walkways, and stairwells. Poor lighting, while a hazard on its own, also increases the risk of other potential hazards.
Broken Stairs or Railings
Broken stairs and railings are a huge hazard, easily causing slip and fall accidents. Railings are required in some establishments. And if they aren't present, you may have a case for your fall down the stairs. Broken stairs or missing steps can also cause severe falls.
Common Injuries from Slip and Falls
Many different injuries can occur because of a slip and fall accident. Depending on where and how your injury occurs, you may experience some common slip and fall-related injuries.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injury occurs when the head is struck or penetrated by a great force. TBIs are common in slip and fall accidents, especially if the victim strikes their head off something, such as a countertop, shelving unit, railing, or the ground.
TBI can have devastating effects on one's life, causing permanent damage to the brain in severe causes. TBIs can also cause a vegetative state, coma, and wrongful death.
Neck and Spinal Injuries
Neck and spinal injuries are most common in fall accidents, especially if the victim falls from a large height (most common in workplaces). However, back and neck injuries may also occur if the victim slips, falling backward.
Damage to the spine can be life-threatening and minor cases may require long-term physical therapy and treatment.
A concussion is a type of minor traumatic brain injury that is very common in all types of personal injury accidents. Concussions tend to be minor, not requiring much treatment. However, concussions can be severe if you've experienced multiple concussions throughout your life, causing damage to the brain that needs to be kept under close watch.
Back injuries such as herniated discs and damage to the soft tissue are common in slip and fall accidents. However, these types of injuries are generally minor and won't require long-term treatment. In the case of more severe back injuries, surgery may be required.
In most cases, broken bones will only require a cast to set the bone properly so it can heal. However, when a bone is broken in many places or severely broken, surgery is required to ensure the bone is set in the proper position before placing it into a cast.
How to Find the Best Slip and Fall Attorney Near Me
Jones Law Group is affiliated with Sibley Dolman Gipe, representing all residents and visitors of Florida who experience slip and fall accidents and the severe injuries that come with those accidents. In partnership with Dolman, we have recovered millions of dollars for our slip and fall clients.
While you may feel reluctant or embarrassed to contact a lawyer for help with your slip and fall case, we encourage you to do so anyway. Here at Jones Law Group, we'll never judge you for your accident. Florida premises liability laws are set in place to help victims of slip and fall accidents get the compensation they deserve. By speaking up, you'll be able to reclaim the damages associated with your injuries. Not only that, but you'll be able to hold the liable party's accountable as well.
Questions to Ask an Attorney Before Hiring Them
Here are some helpful tips for finding the best Florida personal injury lawyers near you. Make sure to keep in mind the following when looking for a slip and fall attorney in your area:
- How much experience does the attorney have with slip and fall cases in Florida?
- Does the law firm have the time and resources available to take on your case?
- Do the law firm and personal injury attorney have a high rating from peers and past clients?
- Are you able to schedule a free consultation to learn more about your options?
- Does the attorney have experience in negotiation and litigation?
Why Hire Jones Law Group?
At Jones Law Group, we know that you'll make the right choice when it comes to your slip and fall accident attorney. Let us make the process as easy as possible for you; we offer free case evaluations to help you explore your legal options. We'll discuss your case during our consultation, allowing us to learn more about your case while you learn more about our firm.