Trips, slips, and falls can cause serious injuries, such as soft tissue damage, broken bones, and even brain trauma. When a slip and fall accident is caused by another’s negligence, financial compensation can be obtained to cover resulting medical expenses, loss of income, and mental anguish.
Important Facts Regarding Falls
Unfortunately, slip and fall accidents are extremely common and they can happen anywhere and to anyone. According to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), millions of people suffer falls every year. Those who are at the greatest risk of suffering a slip and fall are individuals 65 years and older.
The CDC reports that fall death rates in the United States have increased by an astonishing 30 percent, from 2007 to 2016. The agency also reports that if these rates continue to rise, it can be expected that 7 fall deaths will occur every 60 minutes by 2030.
Other important information reported by the agency includes:
- About 20 percent of all falls result in serious injuries, such as head injury or broken bones.
- Each year, about 3 million people over the age of 65 are treated in emergency departments after a fall accident.
- The most common cause of traumatic brain injuries are falls.
- In 2015, falls totaled over $50 billion in health care costs.
How to Strengthen a Slip and Fall Accident Claim
Every single slip and fall accident will be different. To obtain financial compensation, it is necessary to collect important evidence that will help identify all possible liable parties. Evidence that can help strengthen a case includes: Witness testimony, Police and incident reports, Property maintenance records, Surveillance footage of the accident, and Photos of the dangerous condition that led to the accident.
Moreover, it is important to write down a detailed report of the events that led to the accident. Any detail recalled should be noted, such as lighting conditions and whether the ground was wet or not. The accident should also be reported to the property manager as soon as possible. Once the report has been filed, a copy of the incident report should be obtained. Finally, it is also critically important to seek a medical evaluation after the accident.
A Qualified Personal Injury Attorney Can Advocate on Your Behalf
Undoubtedly, slip and fall accidents can have serious consequences that can ultimately change the trajectory of a person’s life. When a slip and fall accident occurs, consulting a qualified personal injury attorney is necessary. In California, property owners and managing companies have a legal obligation to inspect their property and ensure the property is free from possible dangers. When a danger exists, the owner has an obligation to make necessary repairs and/or warn property visitors about the potential for danger. To hold a negligent property owner accountable, discuss your case with a qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
The personal injury litigators at RM Law Group, LLP are highly versed in slip and fall accident cases. The firm understands the importance and significance a fair compensation can have on the lives of those injured in a negligent slip and fall accident. As a result, the firm works tirelessly to ensure their clients obtain the highest compensation available. To schedule a free consultation with the firm, consider calling them at (888) 765-2902 today.