What Is A Slip-And-Fall Accident And Why Is An Attorney Often Needed?

Posted on: 29 January 2020

A slip-and-fall incident refers to an accident that occurs when a person slips on something that causes them to land on the ground and sustain numerous injuries, some of which may be very serious. While most people would assume that such an accident would only lead to a few bruises and scrapes, these accidents can often cause much worse injuries.

How Does It Happen?

Slip and falls can occur in different places and for different reasons. These are just some of the scenarios that could potentially lead to injuries that are painful and will take time to heal from:

  • An individual slips on black ice while walking in a parking lot after leaving a store
  • Something spilled on the floor inside of an establishment, causing an individual to slip on the substance and get hurt
  • A pedestrian trips over a sidewalk that is broken and uneven, ultimately falling to the ground
  • An object is on the floor and taking up space on the sidewalk without warning

These are only some of the ways that a person could slip and sustain countless injuries.

Why Is an Attorney Often Needed for These Accidents?

When a person gets hurt because they slipped and hit the ground, they can end up with severe and painful injuries that require lengthy healing time. Some victims of these accidents will never fully recover from the injuries sustained because of their severity. The following injuries are just some of the things that can happen to someone who is involved in one of these accidents:

  • Concussion
  • Broken legs and/or arms
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Hematoma
  • Fractured hip

Suffering from one or more of these injuries is bad enough. It is even worse when the victim starts receiving bills for the treatment they received while they were in the hospital. The medical expenses, along with the suffering that the victim endured is the reason why slip-and-fall attorneys often get involved. These attorneys pursue compensation for the victims to help them cover various expenses while they heal. Aside from compensation to cover bills, attorneys will often seek more compensation for clients to receive due to their physical suffering and the emotional pain associated with sustaining such traumatic and painful injuries.

If you slip and are injured from the impact of your fall, you may need to hire an attorney. There is a chance that you fell due to someone else's negligence, such as a business owner or property owner who failed to take care of hazards outside or inside a property. An attorney could help you get compensation for all that you have been through.