Accidental Injury: What You Need to Do
Accidental injuries can happen anywhere, and when they do, the impact can be severe. Even a seemingly minor slip, trip, or fall accident or being struck by or against an object can leave you suffering serious health problems, while preventing you from working or engaging in activities you once enjoyed. If you are the victim of accidental injuries, you may be entitled to compensation for the expenses you have incurred and the losses you have suffered. The following is important information you need to be aware of regarding how these accidents commonly occur, as well as what you can do to make sure responsible parties are held accountable.
Common Accidental Injuries
According to injury statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 30 million people each year in the United States require emergency medical care as the result of accidental injuries. While in some cases, these injuries are minor and require little down time or recuperation, in others the health impacts can be severe, potentially debilitating, and even life threatening. The CDC states that over 130,000 people die each year as the result of accidental injuries, making them the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. Common types of accidental injuries include the following:
- Slip, trip, and fall accidents.
- Being struck by or against an object.
- Being cut or pierced by objects.
- Accidents involving heat-related burns, and well as chemical burns.
Injuries caused by these accidents may include head injuries, broken bones, muscle strains and sprains, infections, and permanent scarring or disability.
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Legal Recourse For Accidental Injuries
Accidental injuries can happen anywhere, and at any time. Often, they occur in public places, such as in retail or grocery stores, office buildings, and even hotels and restaurants. When these accidents do occur, it is often as the result of unsafe conditions, and the owner or manager of the property may be held liable for injuries. According to the Graziadio Business Review, operated through the Pepperdine University School of Business, business owners and operators have an obligation to ensure the safety of their clients and customers, and play a significant role in helping to prevent these accidents. When they to take the proper steps to ensure safety, they can be held liable through the legal theory of premises liability. Examples of cases involving premises liability include the following:
- A slip and fall accident that occurs as the result of wet floors or inadequately lighted stairwells.
- Trip accidents resulting from uneven carpeting or cluttered aisles.
- Being struck by loose fixtures or unsecured objects.
- Being cut by jagged surfaces or broken glass.
- Suffering burns due to faulty wiring or a lack of fire protections.
If you have been injured in this type of accident, it is important to let the property manager, a security guard, or a supervising employee know immediately. Make a note of the circumstances leading up to your injury, and any witnesses on the scene. Even if you think your injuries are minor, it is important to get medical care immediately. You will likely be contacted by an insurance company regarding your injuries. Before making any statements or accepting a claim, contact our personal injury attorney so we can help your rights be protected.
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If you or someone you care about has suffered an accidental injury, contact Anastopoulo Law Firm. Our experienced South Carolina personal injury attorneys can provide you with the professional legal representation you need to hold responsible parties accountable for the injuries you suffered. We can advise you on the best course of action in your particular case, and assist you in getting the compensation you deserve.