Have you been injured as the result of a slip and fall accident? These are perhaps the most common of all premises liability injuries, and they can happen almost anywhere. Typically, the fall is the result of negligence on the part of a business, a homeowner or other property owner, a municipality or other governmental entity, a construction firm, or some other person or company. Your injuries could have been prevented with proper care and attention by the other person, and there is no reason why you should be required to bear the burden of the injuries yourself.
At Black Wynn, we represent clients who have suffered a slip and fall, or trip and fall accident, and we will work hard to maximize the recovery in your case. If you have suffered an injury as the result of a slip and fall in Phoenix, Arizona or the surrounding area, call us to schedule a free consultation.
Types of Slip and Fall Cases
A slip and fall accident can occur almost anywhere, but there are a number of conditions that commonly cause or contribute to these mishaps. They include:
Uneven and Cluttered Surfaces
These can appear anywhere, and cause a fall that results in an injury. Examples are aisles cluttered with merchandise, trash and debris, loose flooring, broken or defective stairs, ripped carpeting, recently waxed or mopped floors in a supermarket or in another retail store, potholes, and uneven pavement and sidewalks
There are times when we rely on others to help us get around. One such situation is people who are in nursing homes and convalescent facilities. For many people, their ability to balance decreases with age. We rely on these facilities to assist loved ones who need care. But in many cases, through neglect or poor staffing, patients are left alone or are not properly assisted. This leads to falls, broken hips and other fractures, and similar injuries.
Snow and Ice
Many unsafe conditions are caused by the weather. Snow and ice, for example, on sidewalks, walkways, building entrances and at other locations result in many slip and fall injuries. While no one is responsible for the weather, property owners, business establishments and municipalities have a legal duty to clear snow and ice, and their failure to do so could cause them to be liable for any resulting injuries.
Accidents occur on the job on a regular basis. In some cases, the cause is the lack of training by the owners of construction sites and other facilities.
If you find yourself in a position where you have been injured as a result of one of these (or similar) conditions, you may be entitled to an award of damages.
Common Slip and Fall Injuries
A trip and fall can result in many different kinds of injuries. Some of the more common injuries in these types of cases are:
Back, Spine & neck injuries
Falls can cause damage to your spine or neck, including a slipped or herniated disc. The result of this type of injury can be limited mobility, severe pain, and in extreme cases, even paralysis.
Knee, Ankle & Wrist Injuries
A sudden fall can lead to a twisted or broken ankle, a sprained knee, or a sprained or fractured wrist. Some of these injuries are simply the result of trying to catch yourself while you are in the process of falling. While doing so, victims often suffer sprains, torn ligaments, and broken bones in their legs, hands and arms.
Although a broken can result from a number of different causes, most hip fractures – as many as 95% – are caused by falls. A hip fracture leads to severe pain, inability to move, inability to put weight on your leg, and stiffness and swelling. Treatment usually requires that you remain immobile for a time, and this can lead to complications such as blood clots and pneumonia. Finally, treatment of the injury often requires surgery and a lengthy period of convalescence.
Dislocated shoulders are not unusual as the result of a slip and fall. The injury involves the upper part of your arm popping out of the shoulder socket. It is caused by a sudden blow to your shoulder or extreme rotation of the joint. In addition to intense pain, a dislocation may also cause swelling, inability to move your arm, and bruising.
A fall can also cause a head injury, including a traumatic brain injury (TBI). These are often the most serious of all injuries, and could have lifelong consequences for the victim. Those consequences can include not only lost income, but also continuing medical care and rehabilitation, and even behavioral and cognitive problems.
Whatever injury you may have suffered as the result of a slip and fall, you don’t have to bear the burden alone, and you may be entitled to compensation, including damages for your pain and suffering, medical bills, lost income, etc.
Phoenix Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers
Most slip and fall injuries involve much more than mere inconvenience. They lead to medical bills, lost time at work, continuing pain and suffering, costs for future medical care and lost earning capacity, lost mobility, permanent physical damage, and more. The attorneys at Black Wynn are experienced Phoenix personal injury lawyers who know how to maximize results in a trip and fall case. Contact us to discuss your case, and we will explain how we can help. We offer a free consultation.
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