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Most people have slipped and fallen at some point in their lives. Often, people can escape falls with little more than bruised egos, but in some instances falling can produce quite serious injuries. In fact, millions of persons sustain injuries in falls and tens of thousands even die in falls each year in the United States. You may not imagine the seriousness of a slip and fall accident until it happens to you.
At the Hughey Law Firm, our skilled personal injury attorneys represent the rights of clients who suffer serious injuries in slips and falls. We have witnessed how significantly a slip and fall accident can damage your life and we are here to help. If you want to discuss a possible legal claim after a slip and fall, please contact us for a free consultation today.
When you slip, you may fall forward, backward, or to one side or the other. Not only can you suffer traumatic injuries from hitting objects or the ground but you may also sustain soft tissue injuries from twisting or stretching certain parts of the body as you try to avoid a fall. The following are some of the more common injuries caused by slip and fall accidents:
Many slip and fall injuries need emergency medical attention due to pain and the inability to use the injured body part. Always have a doctor diagnose you as soon as possible, whether in an emergency department or urgent care, and begin a treatment plan immediately to enhance your recovery. Some injuries may require hospitalization or surgeries while others may require a course of physical therapy to regain movement and strength.
Because older adults face the increased chances of suffering broken hips, falls can particularly concern them. Broken hips often require surgeries, which can always pose added risks for seniors. Many fall victims who break their hips will need to spend extended periods of time in rehabilitation or assisted living facilities until they fully recover.
No matter what type of injury you suffered, a slip and fall can disrupt your life in many ways. Our skilled legal team knows how to identify and protect your legal rights as a slip and fall victim and determine whether you can hold another party liable for your accident.
Someone else may face responsibility for your injuries and losses if their actions or omissions led to your slip and fall accident. Many slips and falls take place in grocery stores, large retail establishments, or other businesses. These accidents can also take place in parking lots, malls, schools, office buildings, and other properties. If your accident occurred on another party’s property, we will examine the cause of your fall to determine if you can hold the property or business owner liable.
Business and property owners are required to keep their premises safe for customers and other visitors. If dangerous conditions exist and someone falls as a result, a negligent owner can face liability for all of a victim’s losses. A business or property owner’s negligence can cause a slip and fall case in the following ways:
Many businesses will claim they did not know about the hazards on their properties, and therefore they should not face liability for any falls that result. However, this is only a valid defense in a slip and fall case if the business did not have enough time to discover and address the hazard. Businesses have the duty to regularly inspect their premises to identify when hazards have developed—and if they should have known about a hazard, lack of awareness does not constitute a valid defense. You need an attorney who can demonstrate that a business knew or should have known about the dangerous condition to prove negligence in your clip and fall claim.
Knowing your legal rights is important after a slip and fall accident since many victims can incur serious losses. While losses will vary from case to case, the following are some damages that victims often seek in slip and fall claims:
Medical costs – Many injuries require medical treatments, and any treatment can prove expensive in this day and age. Some slip and fall victims suffer severe injuries and need ongoing treatments for months or years. We will help you determine all of your past and future medical expenses.
Lost wages – Injuries can keep you from working for different reasons—whether to receive medical treatments or because your injuries caused impairments that prevent you from performing your job duties. You can seek compensation for all past and future lost income and other benefits.
Intangible losses – Some damages are not based on bills, lost income, or other concrete financial losses. Intangible losses can include pain and suffering, permanent disabilities or disfigurement, lost enjoyment of life, and more.
Discuss Your Accident and Injuries With a South Carolina Slip and Fall Lawyer Today
The Charleston slip and fall attorneys at the Hughey Law Firm have seen the serious injuries that slip and fall accidents can cause. We will do everything in our power to obtain the full compensation you deserve in the most efficient manner possible. We can handle insurance claims, personal injury lawsuits, and every aspect of a legal claim. Consultations are free, so please do not wait to call (843) 881-8644 or contact us online today for more information.
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