Injuries from falling after slipping or tripping on something that should not have been there is one of the most common ways that people are injured every day. In most cases, a slip and fall results in little more than some bruising or soreness that might last into the next day, but in more serious cases, you could fracture your tail bone, suffer serious back and spine injuries, hit your head, or break a bone during the fall.
It is vital to take these cases seriously. If you suffered injuries in a fall, you should seek medical attention and consider taking your case to a lawyer. If the injuries you suffered only occurred because someone failed to keep their property safe and clear of slipping or tripping hazards, you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Call the Maryland slip and fall lawyers at the Law Offices of Randolph Rice today to learn more about filing a claim and getting financial compensation for your case. Our phone number is (410) 694-7291.
Injuries from Slip and Fall Accidents
If you fall down, you can be injured in a number of ways. Bumps and scrapes may be the mildest of these injuries, potentially resulting in bruising or requiring some over-the-counter painkillers. You could also suffer cuts that need stitches to stop the bleeding, and you may potentially require help from a plastic surgeon to prevent scarring. More serious falls can cause debilitating or even permanent injuries.
When falling, many people try to catch themselves. This may mean extending your arm or leg, potentially breaking an arm, hand, wrist, shoulder, collar bone, leg, or hip. Whether you catch yourself or not, you could also break a rib, your tail bone, or other bones.
If you hit your head during the fall, you could face serious injuries. A concussion is a mild form of traumatic brain injury that could cause unconsciousness, nausea, mood changes, confusion, and other problems. More severe traumatic brain injuries can result in personality changes, memory problems, cognitive and memory issues, motor control issues, and even death. Especially if the head injury involves bleeding in the brain, you could require emergency medical care.
Falling can also cause serious injury to the back and spine. If you twist or torque uncomfortably when you fall, you could slip a disc or suffer strains and other soft tissue injuries to your back and spine. More severe injuries could result in a broken bone in the neck or spine. In either type of injury, damage to the spinal cord itself could cause permanent, substantial injuries. If the spinal cord is damaged, it can cause numbness, pins-and-needles sensations, weakness, and reduced motor control in the affected areas that connect to that portion of the spine. Severing the spinal cord altogether could result in paralysis.
Suing for Slip and Fall Injuries in Maryland
If you were injured in a slip and fall, you may be able to sue the owner of the premises for the injuries you suffered. A property owner is responsible for ensuring that guests and passers-by on their property are not injured from hidden dangers. This often means putting up warning signs, repairing dangers, and clearing away leaves, debris, and snow. Alternatively, they can put up reasonably effective warning signs letting people know that an area is wet or slippery.
If the property owner fails to take these legally required steps, people on their property could be unable to see hidden dangers and fall because of them. If this happens, the injured victim might be able to hold the property owner responsible through a negligence lawsuit. Failing to clear, repair, or warn about hidden dangers is considered a breach of the duty that the property owner owed the victim, and the property owner might be held legally responsible for any injuries or damages that resulted from the negligence.
If you were injured in a slip and fall that was someone else’s fault, the resulting injuries can be claimed no matter how severe they are. There is a common principle in law that you take the plaintiff (the victim) as they are. This means that if you were an older adult that was more prone to broken bone injuries or you were already disabled and suffered additional injuries because of your disability, the at-fault party will be responsible for all resulting damages, even if someone in different physical condition would not have suffered the same injuries. There is no “ideal” plaintiff in these cases, and victims are allowed to claim virtually any damages they personally suffered as long as they were caused by the accident.
Damages for Slip and Falls in MD
When you sue for damages in a slip and fall lawsuit in Maryland, you can claim any damages related to the injury. This means that you can claim damages for medical bills to treat the injuries you suffered as well as any wages you will miss at work because of the recovery time or long-term injuries you received in the accident. In addition, you can also claim damages for intangible harms, such as the mental suffering and emotional distress of the injuries, as well as the physical pain and discomfort you faced. Talk to a lawyer about what your case is worth before accepting any money for your injuries.
Call Our Maryland Slip and Fall Accident Attorneys Today
If you or a loved one slipped and fell or tripped and fell in Maryland, the Law Offices of Randolph Rice’s Maryland slip and fall injury lawyers might be able to help you file a lawsuit to seek compensation for your injuries. Call our law offices today at (410) 694-7291 to schedule a free legal consultation and learn more about your potential case.