Millions of people suffer serious injuries from falling every year in the United States. From slipping and falling on level ground to falling off a ladder, down stairs, or from other heights, falls always have the potential to cause injuries that can disrupt your life. Some common fall-related injuries include the following:
- Broken bones
- Sprains, strains, and soft tissue injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Head trauma and traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injury
All of the above can result in extensive medical expenses, lost income, either temporary or permanent impairments, and pain and suffering.
Who is Liable for Your Fall-related Injuries?
Anyone who has incurred serious losses due to a fall-related injury should consider whether they can hold anyone liable for the accident. An experienced attorney can help you determine who was responsible for the fall and what legal process should be followed for you to seek compensation.
- Insurance settlement – If a property owner was negligent and it caused you to fall, you may seek compensation from their property insurer. Often, if your injuries are not severe, you can receive a favorable settlement directly from the insurance company. However, it is important to be represented by a lawyer who can communicate with the insurance company on your behalf and negotiate to ensure you receive a fair amount.
- Personal injury claim – If your injuries are serious or if the insurer refused to make a reasonable offer, you may have to file a legal claim against the negligent party in civil court. This process is complicated and involves many rules and procedures, so you should always have a skilled personal injury lawyer handling your case.
- Workers’ compensation claim – If you fell at the office or on the job, you can likely file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. Valid claims can be denied, however, so you should discuss this process with an attorney.