A Slip-and-Fall Injury Can Have Major Repercussions
Slipping and falling doesn’t have to mean you were somewhere high up. And you don’t have to be on stairs or a ladder to sustain a serious injury. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor and the CDC, 2/3 of falls that cause an injury do not involve falling to a lower level but are considered same-level falls. More than one million people in the US are injured in falls each year, so you are not alone and should not feel embarrassed.
The CDC also reports that 20% of falls cause major injuries like a TBI (traumatic brain injury) or a broken bone. This makes falling the number on cause of TBIs in the US. Medical costs of falls reach $34 billion per year in the USA. But lost money is not the only effect of a fall.
Long-Lasting Effects of Falls
While a concussion or whiplash-type trauma is certainly a serious injury on its own, the aftereffects can be long lasting leading to things such as post-concussion syndrome or spinal arthritis. Plus, an injury from a fall can have lasting mental and emotional effects resulting from the fear of future falls. One may fear to go into the type of building where the injury occurred, or may experience years of future anxiety and PTSD.
If your personal injury has occurred on someone else’s property (commercial or residential), you need to know what your rights are in regard to compensation. The responsibility lies with the property owner to make the area safe for others. If you are entitled to compensation to help you deal with medical costs, missed work, and other lasting effects of the slip and fall, we can help. Don’t forget that the consult is free, so you have nothing to lose from bringing your case to Petrov Law Firm.