Whether you are running errands, enjoying the neighborhood BBQ or heading to an appointment, you expect to do so safely. Taking an unexpected tumble can ruin your day and result in a painful and expensive injury. We often ensure Georgia clients get the medical attention they need and compensation for injuries sustained due to negligence.
According to the National Floor Safety Institute, slip and falls account for more than one million emergency room visits each year.
While most slip and fall injuries may not appear serious at first, they can have lifelong consequences. Depending on how hard you fell, where and the surface you hit, you could be in pain for months or years. Some of the most common slip and fall injuries include the following:
- Broken and fractured bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Damage at the head, neck or back
It is critical that you seek medical attention immediately, even if you do feel fine at first. Adrenaline often masks the pain. If you wait, you could risk further damage. Not going to the doctor or an emergency room can also make it easier for the insurance company to question when and how your injury occurred.
Rain, sleet and hail can result in slick surfaces. Walking across a parking lot or along a sidewalk in those conditions can contribute to painful injuries. Stores, restaurants and other public locations can be hazardous in a variety of ways. If the roof, refrigerator or cooler leaks, it could cause puddles and a slippery floor. Stairs, patios and decks without safety features, such as railings or textured surfaces, could result in a fall.
If your injuries occur due to the negligence of a business or homeowner, they may be liable for the damage. A settlement or award can help you pay for medical expenses and help recoup lost wages resulting from your injury.