Sunday, June 7, 2015

The Most Common Slip and Fall Injuries

Slips and falls can lead to serious personal injury, especially as we get older and our bodies become less resilient. When a slip or fall is caused by someone else's negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries.

What are the Most Common Causes of Slip and Fall Injuries?

  • Wet or Uneven Surfaces: Wet or uneven surfaces cause over half of these accidents according to the National Floor Safety Institute. This type of accident includes those caused by cluttered or damaged floors, uneven or damaged sidewalks, potholes, damaged staircases or carpeting, and wet or recently waxed floors. 
  • Weather Conditions: The snow or rain is obviously not caused by your neighbor's negligence. However, when bad weather happens and the people responsible for shoveling, plowing, and salting roads, sidewalks, and stairways fail to do so, you can be seriously hurt by their negligence.
  • Improper Training: Slip and fall accidents can happen at work. Some people's jobs require them to walk in dangerous areas. If these employees are not properly trained how to navigate these dangerous areas, their employers may be held responsible for their injuries.
  • Neglect: When a nursing home or hospital staff member neglects a patient, that patient may slip and fall and suffer a serious injury as a result.
What Sorts of Injuries Do Slips and Falls Cause?

Some falls can result in simple bumps and bruises. However, some falls result in very serious, or even life-threatening injuries. If, for example, a person hits his or her head when falling, this can result in a traumatic brain injury. According to the Alzheimer's Association, falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury for people of all ages. Brain injuries can result in unconsciousness, memory loss, confusion, learning and memory difficulties, speech problems, coordination problems, hearing or speech loss, dementia, or even death. Joint or bone injury is another serious injury of a slip or fall. Older individuals are particularly at risk for hip fractures. These serious injuries can affect an individual's mobility and his or her ability to engage in the activities he or she loves. If an individual falls on to some sort of object, internal injury is also possible. This could include injuries to vital internal organs, a situation which could be life-threatening.

If you have been injured in a slip and fall, you should contact an experienced Las Vegas personal injury lawyer. When you speak with the experienced attorneys at the De Castroverde Law Group they can explain your legal options and discuss whether you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries.