According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 2.3 million people visited emergency rooms in the U.S. in 2010 as a result of injuries from non-fatal falls. Around 662,000 of these patients were admitted to the hospital for treatment.
Slip and falls are entirely too common and can cause serious injury. The National Business Group on Health fact sheet indicates that falls were the top cause of injury for people of all ages between 1997 and 2007. These injuries ranged from mild to severe and life-threatening.
If you or a loved one was hurt in a slip and fall, you may have the legal right to obtain compensation for your injuries from the person or company responsible for your accident. A slip and fall lawyer at Becker Law Office can help you make your case.
Slip and falls can happen almost anywhere. However, there are certain situations and locations where there is a greater chance of a fall. For example:
In many of these situations, the victim of a slip and fall is on someone else’s property when the accident happens. A slip and fall accident victim can take legal action against the property owner or against the renter occupying the property if this owner or renter was negligent in some way.
When you are at someone’s property or out in a public location, different risk factors increase your chances of slipping and falling. Common reasons for slip and fall accidents include:
Many slip and fall accidents can be prevented with proper maintenance and by exercising reasonable care in making a property safe for visitors. If there are hazards that cannot be fixed or corrected, the property owner or renter needs to adequately warn visitors in order to avoid injury.
When a slip and fall accident happens, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against the person who owned the property or who was renting and responsible for the upkeep and maintenance on the property. In order to be able to file a slip and fall claim, you need to prove:
Proving these elements can be complicated, especially since there are specific rules about how evidence is collected and presented in a courtroom. A slip and fall attorney at Becker Law Office can help you to gather necessary evidence and to make your case for damages.
When you are hurt in a slip and fall, the amount of money you can recover from the property owner or renter who was responsible for the accident will vary depending upon how badly you were hurt. Common injuries that result from slip and fall accidents include:
These and other slip and fall injuries can have serious consequences and you may be forced to undergo lengthy and expensive medical treatments and rehabilitation. Your ability to work may be affected and you likely will be in ongoing pain.
The law allows you to be “made whole” for these losses. You can obtain compensation for all of these costs and consequences of fall accidents including payment of medical bills, lost income/wages, pain and suffering damages and emotional distress damages. If the fall leads to a death, then surviving family members can also recover compensation for loss of companionship and other wrongful death damages.
When you or a loved one suffers a slip and fall injury, there are two ways to resolve your personal injury or wrongful death claim and to get the compensation you deserve. One option is to negotiate a settlement agreement, giving up your right to sue in exchange for payment. The second option is to take your injury claim to court, prove your case and let the jury award you damages.
Many attorneys are good at negotiating settlements or good at representing clients in court, but may not be experienced at both. At Becker Law Office, however, you will not have to make a choice between settlement negotiator or a trial lawyer.
At Becker Law Office, you have a legal team made up of two separate law firms with their own areas of expertise. The dedicated slip and fall lawyers at Becker Law Office focus on settlement agreements, using our well-honed negotiation skills to get you the money you deserve out of court. If settlement agreements don’t work, you are represented by attorneys from Bubalo Goode Sales & Bliss who have been recognized among Kentucky’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers.
To learn more about Becker Law Office and about how our Kentucky slip and fall lawyers can help you to get the money you deserve, contact us online or by phone today to set up your FREE consultation. From our offices in Louisville and Lexington, we handle claims across Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee.