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The National Safety Council reports that more than 8.9 million people seek emergency room treatment for injuries related to falls every year. These unexpected accidents can have significant, life-altering consequences for victims. Some survivors deal with painful physical injuries resulting from their fall. Other victims end up with long-term impairment due to broken bones, shattered hips, or head trauma. Many develop traumatic brain injuries (TBI) that can permanently impair their cognitive abilities and motor skills. Trip and fall accidents can even result in death.
These accidents can also have long-term psychological impacts on both victims and families. They may not want to leave their homes, fearing they might have another accident. Others face financial hardships due to inability to work. Some are saddled with life-altering medical expenses.
Unfortunately, most people will trip and fall at some point in their lives, no matter how careful they are. Often, however, hazardous conditions on commercial property can cause a person to fall through no fault of their own. The Hughey Law Firm understands how these devastating accidents can damage lives.
Were you injured in a serious trip and fall? Contact one of our experienced attorneys representing clients in Columbia, South Carolina, today. Schedule a free consultation with us today at (843) 881-8644 to learn what we can do to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
The Hughey Law Firm works closely with our clients and are dedicated to helping clients put their lives back together after a trip and fall accident. We’ve won more than $115 Million in settlements for our clients, and our legal team is proud of our 10.0 superb rating from Avvo in personal injury law.
Below are a few examples of results we’ve obtained for our clients relating to trip and fall accidents:
Trips and falls are one of the most common accidents. These incidents usually occur at commercial property locations that fail to observe proper safety standards. There are significant differences between “trip and fall” cases and “slip and falls,” however. Here are several major distinctions:
Slippery materials cause slip and fall accidents. They can include wax, grease, water, ice, or other fluids. Immovable objects and uneven surfaces can also cause trip and fall incidents, such as damaged sidewalks or walkways. Open gratings, holes, and gaps can also cause serious injury.
Slip and Falls: A slippery material usually causes the victim’s foot to slip forward during an accident. The force propels the victim’s feet forward, causing them to fall backward; most wounds occur on the posterior side of the body. Victims often suffer from the following injuries:
Trip and Falls: Uneven surfaces and fixed objects cause trip and fall accidents. During a trip and fall, the victim’s foot hits a fixed object as they move forward, often causing the body to propel in the same direction. The majority of wounds occur on the anterior side of the body. Injuries include:
A trip and fall victim may experience additional injuries if they fall from a high place. These may include:
Property owners must ensure their premises are safe. They should conduct regular checks of the premises and remove any hazards that can cause falls. Business owners face liability if they don’t remove dangers that can cause an accident. Owners or managers aware of potential hazards must post warnings; for example, waxing a floor without providing caution signs to customers can greatly increase the risk of a potential, serious injury.
Companies that fail to protect the public could face liability for a trip and fall accident. In these cases, victims often need to prove that the accident occurred on the defendant’s property, and resulted from the property owner, manager, or agent’s negligence. More specifically, plaintiffs must prove:
Negligent property owners are often liable for the following hazards:
Victims of serious trips and falls may plead a variety of damages. Common damages include:
After a trip and fall accident, immediately notify the store manager, property manager, or owner about the accident. Get the names and contact information of any eyewitnesses; you may need their statements to support your claim later. If possible, document the site of the fall and your injuries using a camera or smartphone.
Some establishments will ask you to fill out a pre-printed form to document the accident; if you choose to do so, stick to the facts in your written statement. Avoid using language that could be used to argue your responsibility for the accident or injury. Include as many factual details as possible. Provide the incident location, witnesses’ names, and anyone that receives an accident report.
Know that it is usually unwise to provide any statements, sign documents, or communicate with an insurance company before first speaking to legal counsel; after an accident in Columbia, South Carolina, immediately seek a trusted personal injury attorney like the Hughey Law Firm. Our team knows how to handle insurance companies, investigators, and defendant’s attorneys; let us do the heavy lifting while you concentrate on getting better.
Our associates believe that everyone deserves justice, regardless of ability to pay. That’s why consultations with our legal team are always free, and we represent clients on a contingency fee basis: there is no cost to obtain an attorney, and we only deduct our fees as a portion of any successful settlement or judgment you recover.
Were you injured in a trip and fall accident in Columbia, South Carolina? Schedule a free case evaluation today at (843) 881-8644 or contact us online. Let our team of dedicated professionals show you why Columbia residents in need of justice trust the Hughey Law Firm.
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