When you visit a person’s home or apartment, shop in a mall or a particular store, walk through a parking lot or use a building’s elevator or escalator, you don’t expect to slip and fall and be injured. Property owners have a legal obligation to take care that you do not confront unreasonable hazards that could cause slip and fall accidents. If a hazard exists, they are to provide adequate warning. Contact a Savannah slip and fall lawyer at Roden + Love for an initial consultation if you and or a loved one have suffered an injury as a result of being involved in a slip and fall accident.
If your slip and fall happened because a floor was unexpectedly wet, a walkway was uneven or a parking lot or stairway held patches of ice, this is because of someone else’s negligence. In Georgia, property owners have legal obligation to maintain the kind of safe environment that prevents slip and falls. The property owner’s failure to maintain safety on the premises led to your injuries, and now you should hold that company accountable.
Slip and falls may sound like minor accidents, but they can actually be quite serious and can cause broken bones, head injuries or spinal cord injuries. In addition to causing serious physical injuries, these incidents can also be very expensive. Medical bills can quickly mount, and an injury that takes you out of work for months can result in significant lost wages. A Savannah, GA slip and fall accident attorney can help you recover those costs, as well as compensation for your injuries and other losses.
Falling down in a slip and fall accident can result in serious harm. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that falls can cause moderate to severe injuries, including:
- Fractures – Someone who falls will instinctively reach out to catch themselves. This can lead to a broken wrist or one or more broken bones in the hands. Depending on how far you fall and how you land, you could break an arm or leg. Hip fractures are especially common among the elderly who fall. More than 95 percent of hip fractures are caused by falling, the CDC reports. One out of five hip fracture patients dies within a year of their injury.
- Shoulder injuries – Catching yourself as you fall can also cause a shoulder dislocation or an injury known as a “brachial plexus injury.” A brachial plexus injury can be painful and limit movement in the shoulder and arm.
- Head injuries – If you hit your head when you fall, you could suffer anything from a mild to severe concussion to a serious traumatic brain injury (TBI). Falls are the most common cause of TBI, according to the CDC.
- Back and spine injuries – Landing on your back or landing wrong in a fall can cause slipped or herniated discs, vertebrae damage or other issues. Back injuries can be painful. Chronic back pain is one of the most common complaints from accidental injuries or strain. In more serious cases, a fall can cause damage to the spinal cord, which may result in paralysis.
The CDC reports that fall are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among adults age 65 and older, and one out of three older adults falls each year. Elderly people are at an increased risk of falling and being severely injured. Most fractures among older adults are caused by falls.
The experienced Savannah, GA slip and fall lawyers at Roden + Love are adept at proving negligence from the client’s account, witness statements, photos of the unsafe conditions, expert testimony and the property owner’s own report of the incident. Our injury attorneys in Savannah, GA aggressively represent injured individuals and their families in premises liability claims throughout Georgia.
If you or your loved one has been injured in slip and fall accident, you are not alone. The experienced Savannah premises liability lawyers at Roden + Love are proven negotiators, mediators and litigators who will provide you with aggressive representation in an efficient and cost effective manner. Contact our office today at 844-RESULTS for a free initial consultation.