Most people will slip, trip or fall hundreds of times during their lifetimes without ever coming out the worse for it. But accidental falls can cause significant injuries, and when they do, it is important to receive proper medical care as well as compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses resulting from the injury.
Part of the trauma associated with accidental fall injuries is their suddenness. In an instant, you can go from a state of nonchalantly walking down a sunny street to one of requiring serious medical attention and fearing for your physical and financial future.
If you suffer an injury from an accidental fall, you may find it helpful to receive guidance from a slip and fall attorney. Bridgeport fall victims have an ally in lawyer Jim Miron.
A Frequent Cause of Serious Injuries
We have all experienced the momentary humiliation of taking a spill. Most falls cause only a minor bruise or two; we brush ourselves off and get on with our day. But an accidental fall can be a very serious matter with a lasting impact on a person’s life. According to the U.S. Library of Medicine, an estimated $2.45 billion is paid each year for fall-related emergency room visits.
The thought of a serious fall might conjure an image of someone tumbling down multiple flights of stairs. In fact, the majority of accidental fall injuries occur on the ground floor of buildings and homes. Common causes of slip and fall injuries include wet floors, carpets that are not properly secured in place, damaged sidewalks, and snow and ice.
Common Injuries from Accidental Falls
Slip and fall accidents cause a number of serious injuries requiring immediate medical attention. Some of the most common injuries are:
- Fractures, especially of arms, legs, and in the case of older victims, hips
- Severe cuts and scrapes that may require stitches or result in damage to internal organs
- Severe sprains, especially of the ankles and knees, including torn ligaments
- Head injuries, including severe cuts and concussions ranging from mild to severe
Severe falls can even result in death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the third leading cause of accidental death in the U.S.
Your Rights as a Slip and Fall Victim
If you are injured in a slip and fall accident, you have the right to compensation for your injuries. If the fall occurred at your workplace, you will be entitled to worker’s compensation benefits. If you fell on someone else’s property or on commercial property (for example, in a store), the property owner may be the responsible party. Even if the fall occurred in your own home, you may be entitled to compensation from a contractor who installed flooring or carpeting, or from the manufacturer of a defective item that caused the accident.
Compensation may include:
- Payment for your medical bills
- Compensation for income lost due to inability or reduced ability to work
- Reimbursement for expenses incurred from the hiring of people to assist with household chores
- Payment for pain and suffering if your injuries are severe and life changing
Connecticut has a statute of limitations of two years, meaning that you must file a claim within two years of the accident or the discovery of resulting injuries, whichever occurred later. It is important to seek legal advice without delay.
An Experienced Lawyer Who Can Help
If you or someone you love has been injured in accidental fall, you need the help of an experienced slip and fall attorney. Bridgeport area residents can benefit from attorney Jim Miron’s knowledge and skill. Call today at (203) 339-5991 to set up your free consultation.