Imagine you are out shopping and running errands. You plan to stop by the mall to pick up a new shirt, drop a package off at the post office and buy groceries before heading home. Before you get much done on your to-do list, though, you slip and fall as you are entering the store.
In a matter of seconds, your day — and possibly the foreseeable future — can be turned upside down if that slip-and-fall accident results in injuries. And before you dismiss the potential harm resulting from this type of incident, you should understand the considerable toll it can take on injured victims.
Common injuries suffered in a slip-and-fall
People can experience a wide range of injuries after slipping, tripping and falling. Depending on the nature of the fall, a person’s age and other factors, injuries might include:
- Broken bones
- Sprained ankles, fingers and wrists
- Brain injuries
- Back and neck pain
- Cuts and bruising
- Dislocated joints
- Torn muscles
In addition to these physical injuries, a person might also experience emotional trauma, humiliation, and possibly depression and anxiety.
Seeking compensation for injuries
These injuries can have a dramatic impact on a person’s life. A person may require extensive medical care and lengthy rehabilitation. He or she may have to miss work; some people even need to find new jobs if they get fired for being gone too much or can no longer perform their job because of their injuries.
Serious injuries can also put immense strain on relationships.
Considering how much damage a slip-and-fall accident can cause, it is crucial for victims to assess their legal options. If an accident was the result of a property owner’s negligence in maintaining safe premises, injured parties could be eligible for compensation under Florida law.
Damages could include:
- Lost wages
- Home modifications
- Home care costs
- Medical bills, including surgery, physical therapy and medication
- Emotional distress
- Loss of support
- Pain and suffering
Slip-and-fall accidents happen far too often when property owners fail to maintain safe premises. Victims should not have to pay the price for their carelessness: By taking legal action against a negligent property owner, they don’t have to.