If television were to be believed, most people who slip and fall get up with little more than a grimace to show for the excitement. In reality, slip-and-fall accidents are actually a serious issue for many people every year.
In fact, as many as one million emergency room visits in the United States each year are the direct result of a slip-and-fall accident. Arizona is no exception. Wet and slippery floors and poorly maintained facilities can still cause visitors and customers to suddenly lose their balance and fall. Many times, these falls can result in serious injuries that require medical attention.
When businesses fail to properly maintain safe facilities, they may experience premises liability. Basically, premises liability means creating a situation where injuries or property damage can happen. Most business owners carry specific insurance to protect against potential injuries, like slip-and-fall accidents. If you experience a slip-and-fall accident, you should make a point of telling someone at the business before you leave to seek medical attention. Many times, the employee may have to fill out an accident report. Filling out a report protect you and your future claim for compensation.
Slip-and-fall injuries range from minor to severe
Sometimes, like in cartoons, people fall and only bruising is the result. Other times, the person who falls is seriously injured. Broken bones and torn ligaments, soft tissue damage, neck and back injuries and even head injuries are common in slip-and-fall accidents. All of these injuries require medical attention. Some of them are so serious they will require ongoing treatment, physical therapy and even surgery to address. You may require help recovering lost wages if you are unable to work. The business or their insurance company may be denying responsibility, which can complicate things.
When you're hurt at a business or on someone else's property, the courts will look at liability. In most cases with a business location, you have the right to assume it's safe to conduct business there by shopping. Unless you did something to incur extra risk, chances are that the business is responsible for your financial losses. If the business isn't forthcoming with help after a slip-and-fall accident, you may need to work with an attorney.
A lawyer can help you after a slip-and-fall
You're seriously injured and unable to work. You need help, which is why it makes sense to retain the services of an experience Arizona personal injury attorney. Your lawyer can help negotiate for a reasonable settlement with an insurance company. If the business isn't forthcoming with support or a settlement, your attorney can also help you file a civil lawsuit to obtain compensation. It can be a struggle to deal with serious injuries and legal issues at the same time. Your attorney can handle a lot of the legal concerns so that you can focus on your recovery.