Injuries Due to Slips, Trips, and Falls
Slip and fall accidents may seem like no more than an embarrassment, but the injuries sustained by these accidents are often no laughing matter. Slippery floors, uneven sidewalks, stairs with no railing all can be the cause of injuries that have the potential for serious impacts on your health, mobility, and finances. Slip and fall injuries are some of the most common types of injuries, and legal cases regarding these types of accidents often fall under the legal theory of premises liability. If you’ve suffered injuries as a result of a slip, trip, or fall, it’s important to be aware of the potential lingering impacts your injury may cause, as well as your rights concerning compensation and damages for your injuries.
Types of Injuries Caused by Slip and Fall Accidents
Accidental slips, trips, and falls are the second most common type of injury. Over 8 million people suffer injuries relating to slips and falls each year, and these injuries can be frighteningly severe.
One of the greatest risks of falling is that you will hit your head on the way down. Traumatic brain injuries account for approximately 35% of all injuries associated with slip and fall accidents. These injuries can be severe and potentially life-threatening. Brain injuries resulting from skull fractures or concussions can cause changes in mood and behavior, as well as affect mobility. These types of injuries may have long-term effects, and may require ongoing medical treatment.
In addition to brain injuries, other common injuries associated with slips, trips, and falls are neck, back and spine injuries. These injuries can also have serious ramifications, affecting mobility, as well as quality of life. Extensive medical treatment may be required, as well as rehabilitation. Broken bones are a significant problem, especially for the elderly. A fall resulting in a broken hip or collarbone may result in hip replacement surgery or prolonged nursing home stays. Even torn ligaments and strained muscles require extensive medical care, and are often a lingering cause of pain and suffering requiring ongoing medical treatment.
Legal Remedies for Slip and Fall Injuries
Some of the most common causes of slips, trips and falls include wet or slippery floor surfaces, uneven walkways, obtrusive obstacles, and unmarked stairs or inadequate handrails. Many of these conditions may fall under the legal theory of premises liability. Under the South Carolina Code of Laws, Section 27-3-60, a landowner may be held liable for failing to warn against dangerous conditions or structures on their property. A property owner who allows dangerous conditions to exist on his property without regard for the safety of others may be held liable for damages including lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering.
Contact Anastopoulo Law Firm
If you’ve been injured as a result of a slip, trip, or fall, contact our experienced South Carolina attorneys. At Anastopoulo Law Firm, with offices in Charleston and throughout South Carolina, our attorneys are experienced in handling injuries due to slip and fall accidents. Call us to review your case; we’ll work hard to get you the compensation you deserve.