Pinellas Park Slip and Fall Injury Attorneys
When people think of serious injuries, slip and falls usually aren’t the first accidents to come to mind. However, they are far more than just clumsy mishaps. Slip and fall accidents not only cause extremely painful injuries; they are also costly. Every year in the United States, approximately $50 billion is spent on injuries related to falling. The costs of each individual slip and fall victim can also be overwhelming.
Recovering compensation is rarely an easy process. In the interest of their own profits, insurance companies will go to great lengths to undervalue claims or altogether deny that their policyholder is at-fault. The seasoned attorneys of Jones Law Group are well aware of their tactics. We will not relent until our clients secure the best possible outcome.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident due to another party, contact the attorneys of Jones Law Group for a free initial case evaluation.
How Does a Slip and Fall Occur?
Slip and fall accidents happen when people lose their grip on the surface beneath them. This typically happens when a surface is unstable or cluttered. Some examples are wet floors, loose tiles, and crowded spaces. Slip and fall accidents also happen when the people themselves are unsteady. They could be running too quickly or unstable due to their physical health.
Where Do Slip and Falls Occur?
Slip and fall accidents sometimes occur on government-owned properties such as schools, libraries, and even some hospitals. Cases involving public property have specific recovery limits, filing deadlines, and other criteria.
Residential Private Property
Under most circumstances, landowners owe a duty of care to those who enter their residential private properties. However, poorly maintained properties can be wrought with slip and fall hazards including loose handrails, inadequate lightly, and uneven flooring. Nursing home residents are at risk when employees are inattentive. It is one reason why falls are the number one cause of death and injury for people 65 and older.
Commercial Private Property
Both customers and employees become injured due to slip and fall accidents on commercial properties. Slip and falls commonly happen at grocery stores, restaurants, and other places of business.
Common Types of Slip and Fall Injuries
Soft Tissue Injuries
When your body contorts during a fall, muscles, ligaments, and tendons can be stretched beyond their limits. It can cause bruising and swelling as well as loss of function around the damaged soft tissue.
Head and Neck Injuries
A blow to the head may result in brain swelling and skull fractures as well as bruises and torn blood vessels in the brain. Head injuries frequently cause permanent cognitive and emotional problems. Both head and neck injuries can lead to chronic pain. Even if the head or neck aren’t directly impacted, they can still absorb harmful force in a slip and fall accident.
Spinal Cord Injuries
When the spinal cord is injured, the whole body can suffer. Nerve damage can cause radiating pain as well as limit mobility and functionality. The most severe spinal cord injuries leave slip and fall patients paralyzed or fatally wounded.
Broken or Fractured Bones
When falling forward, it’s natural to attempt to cushion yourself, which can lead to arm, wrist, and hand injuries. While any bone can break or become fractured depending on the way you fall, the hips are particularly vulnerable. Over 95% of hip fractures happen because of falls.
How Jones Law Group Can Help Your Slip and Fall Claim
Documentation: The first step is gathering documentation. The legal experts who are representing you will compile documents that are relevant to your slip and fall claim. This includes records of your expenses and medical history as well as the insurance policy details.
Investigation: Next, your legal representatives will investigate the details of your slip and fall accident. Their thorough investigation will involve discovering and reviewing evidence. Evidence often includes police records, incident reports, and witness statements. It may also include video proof like surveillance footage and dash-cam footage. This will bolster your case.
Negotiation: Your attorney will negotiate with the opposing side in an effort to get you fair compensation. If both sides cannot come to an agreement, your case can be taken to court. Your attorney can compellingly present your case before a judge and jury.
Receiving Compensation for a Slip and Fall Injury
Medical Bills: Expenses such as doctors’ fees, hospital bills, and medication costs will be included in your claim.
Lost Wages: A slip and fall injury can diminish or destroy your ability to make a living. Whether you missed several weeks or you are permanently disabled, lost wages are recoverable.
Pain and Suffering: Slip and fall injuries take a physical and emotional toll on accident victims. The mental anguish may be just as difficult as the aches and pains. Since there is no specific dollar amount for pain and suffering, your personal injury attorney can help you to determine the value.
Wrongful Death: If you’ve a loved one to a slip and fall injury, you may be able to collect compensation for loss of support and services, funeral expenses, and medical expenses.