Trips, slips and falls happen all the time. One moment you are doing your weekly grocery shopping and the next, you are on your way to the E.R. following a consequential slip-and-fall incident. If you have been hurt in a slip-and-fall accident that was not your fault, it is important to note that you may be eligible for financial compensation through a premises liability claim.
A fall-related accident can result in a range of injuries. While some, like bruises, will easily go away with time, others can be life-altering. In fact, slips and falls are some of the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). In addition to TBIs, slips and falls also frequently cause these kinds of catastrophic injuries.
Anyone can trip, slip and fall. However, older folks are specifically at a greater risk of these types of accidents thanks to reduced flexibility, muscle tone and bone mass. If these individuals land on their hips during a fall, the resulting injuries can be catastrophic. Following the dislocation, the slip-and-fall victim may spend several months in the hospital. Sometimes, they may require long-term care as well.
Neck and back injuries
A healthy central nervous system is crucial for quality living. This is because the spine is responsible for pretty much every aspect of life (from movement, communication, feeding and even work). Unfortunately, if you land on a hard surface like concrete during a fall, you may suffer brain and spinal cord injuries like spinal disc herniation, fractured vertebrae, injury to the actual spinal cord or a concussion. Depending on the severity of the impact, these injuries can lead to complete or partial paralysis and/or long-term trauma.
Protecting your rights and interests after a slip-and-fall
A trip or slip and fall can turn your life upside down. To pursue a liable party for damages, however, you must act within Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations period. And this means filing your claim sooner rather than later or you’ll be barred from being awarded any compensation that you might be rightfully owed.