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.
- Brain injury;
- Nerve Damage;
- Paralysis; and
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 1-800-336-LAWS (5297).