Delaware Slip and Fall Lawyers Fighting to Get Justice for Their Clients’ Injuries
A property owner has a duty to keep their property as safe as possible for visitors and guests, but unfortunately, they sometimes don’t meet that responsibility. At times sidewalks are left uncleared, floors are left wet and slippery without clear warnings, or a ladder isn’t kept in proper repair, and these negligent oversights lead to severe slip and fall injuries. These accidents can happen so quickly, but the serious injuries caused can last a lifetime. Often, the insurance company of the property owner wants to get you to settle quickly, but their settlement may not cover all the bills and expenses you have incurred. If you or someone you love has been injured in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, you need an experienced attorney to help you recover full and fair compensation. You want a lawyer by your side who understands these types of claims, who has helped others in similar situations, and can provide you with knowledgeable formal legal advice. Contact Hudson, Castle, & Inkell, LLC, today for a free consultation with a slip and fall attorney: (302) 428-8800
What Injuries May Be Caused by Slip and Fall Accidents?
Slips and falls are one of the most common types of accidents. In fact, over a million people are seen in emergency rooms in the U.S. every year due to slip and fall injuries. The damage to the body from these injuries can range from minor or severe and may even lead to death, especially for older victims. Some of the complications of a slip and fall accident can include:
- Broken or fractured bones. Most commonly, the hip, pelvis, hand, upper arm, and spine
- Head trauma
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
Medical costs for treating these injuries can be very high, especially if long-term care is required, like with a spinal cord injury. Some of these serious injuries may also cause other complications, especially for older individuals. Secondary issues such as blood clots, loss of mobility and muscle tone, chronic pain, loss of independence, and depression can negatively impact an accident victim’s quality of life and may lead to incapacitation, permanent disability, and in the worst-case scenario, fatality.
Where Do Slip and Fall Accidents Typically Occur?
You may find it unsurprising that slip and fall accidents occur in some areas, such as icy sidewalks and slippery pool sides. But you can get hurt at other places as well. Slips and falls are a common cause of injuries for customers in retail stores, especially grocery stores. All falls can be broken into two categories: same-level and elevated. Same-level falls are usually caused by slipping on a surface or tripping over an object, and they account for the largest number of injuries. Elevated falls, or falls from a height, are less frequent but are much more likely to cause severe injury and even death. Falling off ladders is actually one of the leading causes of fatalities and injuries across all occupations.
Another place people may not consider when they think of fall dangers is nursing homes. When we place our elderly in a nursing home, we expect that they will receive the necessary care required to keep them safe. However, negligence can occur, and our loved ones can fall down and become injured. Fall injuries can often cause a precipitous decline in the health of an elderly person. At Hudson, Castle, & Inkell, LLC, we offer personal counsel to individuals and their families in cases involving physical injury caused by falls at a nursing home. Our personal injury attorneys understand the causes of these types of injuries and know how to investigate and determine liability, including situations involving:
- Failure by nursing home personnel to monitor or ensure that bed rails are up
- Negligently allowing people to get out of bed when health conditions dictate otherwise
- Wet or slippery floors causing injury
- Failure to use a wheelchair, provide a chaperone, or monitor the time a resident is in the bathroom
- Inadequate staffing, training, equipment, or monitoring.
If you or a family member have been injured by any kind of slip or fall caused by a property owner’s negligence, the owner of the premises where it occurred may be held liable. An experienced slip and fall lawyer can help you understand your rights so you can receive compensation for your injuries.
What Compensation May Be Awarded for Slip and Fall Injuries?
When your accident is due to the negligent actions of a property owner, you shouldn’t be stuck paying for all your medical bills and other expenses. Because slip and fall injuries can be so severe and life-changing, it is important that you receive the fair compensation you deserve, so you can begin to get your life back on track. A knowledgeable fall accident attorney will fight to get you the maximum amount warranted for your slip and fall case. This compensation is likely to come from these categories:
- Loss of companionship: If your loved one died as the result of a slip and fall accident, you and other family members could be compensated for the loss of the time you could have had with them.
- Lost wages: If you missed work or lost your job due to your injuries, you could be compensated for this lost income. If the accident occurred at work, you might be eligible for workers’ compensation.
- Medical expenses: Any fees for medical care resulting from your injury may be covered. If you require ongoing care, you may also receive compensation for future medical expenses.
- Mental anguish: Your injury may have caused anxiety, embarrassment, grief, trauma, or other types of mental distress, and you may be awarded an amount for this.
- Pain and suffering: You may be compensated based on the severity of your pain and the length of time you suffered.
What Are the Benefits to Hiring a Slip and Fall Lawyer?
Hudson, Castle, & Inkell, LLC has represented personal injury victims throughout Delaware for more than four decades. We have over 50 years of combined experience, with a dedication to providing the highest level of client service and individualized personal attention. Our office uses a high-tech case management system so that we can devote our energy and efforts to getting full and fair compensation for your injuries. We are experienced in all types of slip and fall injury claims, from soft tissue damage, such as sprains or bruises, to serious and catastrophic injury or even wrongful death. Our attorneys are well-known and respected by their colleagues in the legal profession, and they will work to achieve justice for you and your family after your accident. If you or someone you know has been injured in a slip and fall accident, Hudson, Castle, & Inkell, LLC can help you get the maximum compensation for your injuries. Call us today for a free consultation at (302) 428-8800.