Baby, it’s cold outside! Businesses and property owners are pulling out the snow shovels and “ice melt” to protect others from slip-and-fall injuries.
Cracked, uneven sidewalks? Inadequate clearing of snow and ice? Combine these elements with THE elements. You have a recipe for a personal injury disaster and a premises liability claim.
A personal relation had her day in court and won a ten year settlement that allowed her to retire. Never mind that she was wearing high heels to the office party when she tripped on the uneven pavement.
Even more telling, no one ever asked in court if she had a drink at the party. What mattered was that she was a charming older lady who suffered a slip-and-fall injury at least partly due to an uneven sidewalk.
What mattered the most was that this lady suffered chronic back and neck pain for the rest of her life due to one slip-and-fall accident!
Slip-and-fall injuries are life-changing and costly.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of every five falls causes a serious injury. https://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/adultfalls.html
Some of these serious injuries include:
- traumatic brain injury
- fractured hips
- broken bones
- soft tissue injuries to muscles, joints, and ligaments
If you are a senior citizen and experience a slip-and-fall accident, the stakes are even higher.
Once again, the CDC points out that each year 300,000 older folk end up in the hospital for hip fractures.
Recovering from a hip fracture can be a long, tough road. You will probably need to do rehab and physical therapy. If you do not have a family member nearby who has plenty of time to help, you likely will have to live in a rehab facility.
Depending on your financial situation, such a long-term recovery may end up costing you your independence — your ability to drive or even to live alone.
Imagine being the bread-winner for your family and breaking a bone due to a slip-and-fall injury!
If you are not injured on the job, you will need paid time off to manage the bills while you heal. Workers’ compensation will not help.
The average minimum healing time for a broken bone is 6 to 12 weeks!
If you have NO complications, this time frame is your “best-case” scenario. Unfortunately, you may need to file for unemployment and even temporary disability.
There are also legal restrictions to applying for unemployment.
If your slip- and-fall injury happened due to the negligence of a home or business — say an icy sidewalk or puddle of water — you may be eligible for financial compensation due to:
- Loss of work
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent or temporary disability
- Hospital and medical bills
- Rehab bills
- Physical therapy bills
If you feel you are suffering due to someone’s carelessness, you need the help of an experienced slip-and-fall injury lawyer. Life’s hard. Don’t suffer alone!
Call 636-244-3737 today for a free, initial consultation for residents of Missouri and the Greater St. Louis area. The Law Offices of Nathan A. Steimel, LLC will give you a fair evaluation of your personal injury case.