New London Slip and Fall Attorneys
If you or someone you love has been injured after slipping and falling due to another party’s negligence, Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers is here to help. For some, a slip and fall can mean a bruise or a skinned knee. For others, especially older adults, the consequences can be far more serious, or even deadly. In fact, slip and fall accidents are the number-one cause of injury and death for older Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It doesn’t have to be this way; many slip and fall accidents are entirely preventable. All too often, they are the result of another party’s negligence.
At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we believe that those who cause others to fall and injure themselves should pay. Our New London slip and fall lawyers fight tirelessly to hold property owners and other parties accountable for their negligence and recover serious compensation for slip and fall victims. To find out more about how a personal injury lawsuit can help you recover from your accident, contact us today at (860) 772-2280.
Injuries from Slip and Fall Accidents
The injuries resulting from a fall can vary depending on how hard the victim fell, how far they fall, what kind of surface they fell on, and a number of other factors. But for many people, particularly older adults, even a fall on a soft surface can be deadly. Here are some of the common injuries victims suffer from slip and fall accidents:
- Broken bones, especially hips, legs, or arms
- Cuts and lacerations
- Neck and back injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
Although older adults are at a higher risk of injury, anyone can suffer from these and other injuries if a fall is bad enough. For some, slip and fall injuries can even prove fatal. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, even if you think you are okay, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
It is possible to lose our footing at practically any time, but there are certain risk factors that can make a fall much more likely. Many of these risks are entirely preventable, and those responsible for maintaining a property should make every effort to eliminate or reduce such risks. Here are some of the common causes of slip and fall accidents:
- Uneven surfaces
- Moving surfaces
- Snowy or icy walkways
- Unmarked wet floors
- Narrow walkways
- Poor lighting and visibility along walkways
- Small objects along walkways (tripping hazards)
- Loose carpeting
- Hard-to-see ledges
You can take steps to eliminate many of these hazards at home, but you cannot control many risk factors when you step out into the world. Often, it is another party’s failure to control these risks that results in slip and fall accidents.
Proving Negligence in a Slip and Fall Case in New London
In order to hold another party liable after a slip and fall accident in New London, you will have to prove that they acted negligently. ‘Negligence’ in the legal sense has a somewhat different meaning than the way you might use it in everyday conversation. In order to prove that another party was negligent, you will have to show that:
- They had some duty of care,
- They breached that duty,
- The breach caused your accident, and
- You were injured as a result.
This definition can be hard to grasp in the abstract, so let’s apply it in an example of a slip and fall case. Suppose that you are visiting a store where there has been a huge spill. None of the employees have bothered cleaning up the spill or even marking where it is. You slip and injure yourself. Here is how you would show that the store owner was negligent in this case:
- The owner has a duty to keep his store safe for visitors.
- He breached that duty by failing to clean up or mark the spill.
- You slipped on the wet floor.
- You were injured as a result of your fall.
In this case, the store owner would likely be held to have acted negligently, and you could sue to hold him liable for your injuries. Not all cases are so cut and dry, however. Connecticut courts apply a doctrine called ‘comparative fault’ in personal injury cases, meaning that you might be held to be partially at fault if, for example, you were looking at your phone when you slipped. While being found partially at fault could reduce your compensation, you could still win a verdict or settlement for your injuries.
Recovering Damages in a Personal Injury Lawsuit
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident due to another party’s negligence, you can sue to hold them accountable for your injuries. Depending on the specifics of your accident, you could recover damages for a number of costs, including:
- All medical bills resulting from your fall
- Any property damage you suffered as a result of your fall
- Lost wages while recovering
- Future lost income, if your fall has left you temporarily or permanently disabled
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Transportation and other expenses
- Wrongful death
Any combination of damages for a slip and fall accident could add up to an extremely significant verdict or settlement. For example, Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers helped one slip and fall victim recover $617,500 for his injuries.
Slip and Fall Accidents in the Workplace
While many slip and fall accidents can lead to personal injury claims, most workplace accidents are an exception. Under Connecticut Law, workers whose employers carry workers’ compensation insurance may not sue their employers for workplace injuries, but must go through the insurance claims process. If you have suffered a slip and fall injury at work, a New London workers’ compensation attorney from Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can help you to get the most out of your claim.
Recovering from a slip and fall accident is difficult, from the pain of recovery to the financial burden of medical bills. Some may never recover at all. But you don’t have to face this difficult time alone. If you or someone you love has been injured in a slip and fall accident, call the New London attorneys of Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers today at (860) 772-2280 to set up a free consultation.