“If you don't like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.”
- Mark Twain
The cold weather is almost over in Connecticut, but I woke up this morning to snow on the ground! Yes, we live in New England so freezing temperatures, and even snow, are a thing – even in March and April.
Top Five Injuries from Falling
Obviously snow and ice is slippery and can lead to slips and falls that result in injuries, but there are all sorts of reasons other than snow and ice that cause people, slip, trip, and fall.
Injuries from falls range from only embarrassment to serious and can even death as in one case I had.
The five most common types of injuries suffered from a slip and fall on ice include:
- Muscle and ligament strains and sprains
- Bone fractures
- Back injuries
- Wrist, hip, and ankle injuries
- Head/Brain injuries such as concussions
If you are injured in a fall, it is important to get proper medical treatment right away. Depending on how and where you fell, as well as the circumstances of your fall, you may be eligible for compensation for your harms and losses.
Types of Compensation Available
There are several potential forms of compensation are available if you are injured in a slip and fall. If you are able to prove that the premises or landowner knew or should have known of a dangerous and/or defective condition that caused your fall you can recover damages, including:
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitation bills
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
Your compensation may be limited by how much you are at fault, if at all. If it is determined that you are more than 50% at fault for your injuries, then you will be denied compensation. However, and importantly, exceptions to this rule of contributory negligence exist for falls on local or state property.
Generally speaking, you have two years from the date of your slip and fall to file a lawsuit but there may other notice requirements that are much shorter.
Get Professional Assistance
If you are seriously injured in a fall in Connecticut, speak to an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Although it may seem simple, there are many considerations and pitfalls that a lay person, and even a lawyer that does not regularly handle fall down cases, will not know about or how to properly address.
I have helped scores of seriously injured people that fell due to dangerous and defective conditions caused by property owners. Click here to learn about me, attorney Jim Miron, and what I can do for you. The consultation is free, so you have nothing to lose. Call me at (203) 339-5991 or contact me online to schedule yours today.