Slip and Fall Injuries Happen More Often Than You Think
Studies show that the average American takes about 5,000 steps per day. All it takes is one wrong step to be seriously injured. Walking is an unavoidable aspect of our everyday lives. We walk to get around, we walk for exercise, we walk for work, we walk to buy groceries, and we walk to meet our friends and family. A day does not go by when we are not walking.
When a person walks this many steps every day, there is bound to be a slip and fall accident. The odds of a slip and fall occurring increases with age. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention cites in studies that one in four older Americans fall each year, but less than half do not tell their doctor. One out of five falls results in a serious injury, such as broken bonds or a head injury. In some cases, these falls can be fatal. Alarmingly, between 2007 and 2016, slip and falls increased by 31% in people 65 or older.
When falls result in serious injuries, there are staggering medical expenses that accompany the incidents. In 2015, the medical expenses incurred from nonfatal falls nearly topped $50 billion. The continuation of rising health care costs are not going to help reduce this astounding figure in the coming years. As insurance premiums continue to increase, even people with health insurance who are injured as a result of a slip and fall will struggle to afford to pay their medical bills. News articles have frequently cited studies indicating that the majority of Americans do not have $1,000 to cover an unexpected expense, such as a trip to the emergency room.
What happens when an slip and fall injury leaves you unable to work and in a dire financial situation?
Just because you were injured as a result of a slip and fall does not mean that you are clumsy or at fault. With all the steps you take every day, you don't just fall for no reason. There can be a variety of reasons that the fall occurred. This is where a skilled attorney can be your best ally. An experienced attorney can effectively place the blame squarely where it belongs. This means placing the costs of your medical bills on whomever is at fault, such as the negligent property owner that caused the slip and fall. A slip and fall lawsuit can allow you to recover your medical bills, your time missed from work, and your pain and suffering from the injury.
What are you supposed to do if you are injured as a result of a slip and fall?
Attorneys will tell you that you should notify the property owner immediately. If this incident occurred at a business, have the business create an incident report. Take pictures of the location where the slip and fall occurred. If there was a defect in the floor or ground, a substance, or an object that caused the fall, take pictures of it.
This all sounds great in theory but, when you are in significant pain after a fall, you are not thinking clearly. When you are on the ground after a fall, the two main thoughts that enter your brain are your current pain and the likelihood of you getting back on your feet. Sometimes, our vanity gets the best of us and our immediate thought is to get back on our feet as quickly as possible. Medical doctors and common sense will tell you that when you are seriously injured from a fall, getting on your feet as quickly as possible is not the best idea. Do not be too proud to admit you need medical attention. Do not be embarrassed by the fall and instead attempt to leave the store without telling anyone what happened.
The most important thing to do after you've been injured in a slip and fall is to call an attorney.
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