Often the punch line of your favorite old cartoons, a character slipping and falling from something like a banana peel is supposed to make you laugh. While it may be funny seeing it in cartoons, if it happens to you, a slip-and-fall injury can have very serious long-term effects.
Indeed, slip-and-injuries are more frequent than you might expect. Over 1 million yearly visits to the emergency room are a result of a slip-and-fall. They can result in broken bones, brain injuries, spine injuries or hip fractures. These injuries take time to heal, and the medical costs can be steep. You may miss work as you recover, and the unexpected costs can take an even greater toll on your finances.
If these injuries happen as a result of negligence, you may be able to file a claim to hold the property responsible. Businesses and property owners are required to keep their properties safe: their sidewalks should not be significantly cracked or icy, their wet floors should have the appropriate signage and all trip hazards should be alleviated. Suffering from a slip-and-fall injury in any of these dangerous conditions may have been prevented if the property owner had not been negligent.
These injuries are no laughing manner. The financial burden can be great, the injury can be painful and the disturbance in your daily life may affect your livelihood considerably. If you believe you have suffered a slip-and-fall injury that could have been prevented, you may be entitled to compensation, and a consultation with a lawyer might be the next step.