Slip, Trip and Fall

One of the common reasons for a visit to the emergency room is a slip, trip or fall, especially in children and adults over age 65.  On average, more than 3,000,000 children each year sustain fall-related injuries.  1 in 3 adults over age 65 fall every year. 

Many times a slip, trip or fall is not the result of negligence – but it can be.  While the concept of slipping, tripping and falling is well-understood, there are many causes, including: 

  • crumbling concrete;
  • snow and ice build-up on sidewalks;
  • snow and ice build-up on steps;
  • snow and ice build-up on stairways;
  • water pooling;
  • slippery floor tile;
  • unsecured floor mats;
  • stairs without handrails;
  • ramps without handrails;
  • no railings;
  • unsafe passageways;
  • poor lighting;
  • door threshold lips; and
  • heaving sidewalks.

The most common injuries in slips, trips and falls are: 

  • broken hips;
  • broken wrists;
  • broken arms; and
  • broken elbows.
In extreme cases, slips, trips and falls can result in: 
  • Brain injury;
  • Nerve Damage;
  • Paralysis; and
  • Death.

In the event of a severe personal injury, the injured individual and/or a spouse and immediate family members, may be entitled to recover for:

  • Wrongful death;
  • Past and future medical bills;
  • Past and future lost wages;
  • Loss of future earning capacity;
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Mental and emotional disability;
  • Disfigurement and scarring;
  • Loss of enjoyment of life;
  • Loss of society, love and affection;
  • Property loss; and
  • Incidental and out-of-pocket expenses.

While no dollar amount can adequately compensate for a loss, the legal system is structured to permit monetary recovery where the injured party can prove that another negligently caused his/her harm. The amount of recovery is determined either by a jury at trial, or through a fair settlement made prior to trial, that is based upon jury verdicts in similar cases. All claims that are accepted by the firm are actively researched and aggressively pursued to a conclusion.

If you or a loved one have suffered a severe personal injury, we may be able to help.  To contact the slip, trip and fall attorneys at Bottar Law, PLLC, please complete a contact form or call us at (315) 422-3466 or (833) BOTTARS (268-8277).