The owners and operators of grocery stores, restaurants, retail stores, and other public places have a responsibility to maintain a safe place for the public. When that responsibility is not upheld and leads to dangerous conditions, injuries due to a slip and fall accident can occur. If you or a loved one has been injured in an unsafe environment, the experienced slip and fall attorneys at Harrell & Harrell, P.A., in Fernandina Beach can help with your personal injury case.
If you have slipped on a wet floor, tripped on an uneven floor, or fallen down stairs at a business or other public place, your first thought may be that it was your fault. While falling in public is certainly embarrassing, some slip and fall accidents offer you legal recourse for your pain and future inconvenience. Some cases can be unexpectedly complex, such as when more than one entity is responsible, such as both the property’s owner and its manager. An attorney experienced in slip and fall and premises liability cases can guide you through the legal process and work to ensure your rights are protected.
Spilled food or beverages on an establishment’s floor may be the most common types of slip and fall accidents, but there are many more, including:
Common types of injuries that may be sustained in a slip and fall or tripping accident include:
Fractures and broken bones: Instinctive reflexes cause many people to try to break a fall or brace themselves, resulting in injuries to arms, hands, shoulders, knees, or wrists. Older people are also susceptible to hip and pelvis fractures in a fall. Arthritis or long-term pain may require rehabilitative therapy.
Head and brain injuries: Skull fractures or concussions sustained in a fall can have long-lasting effects on a person’s life. When injuries are severe, a lifetime of treatment, care, and/or therapy may be needed.
Neck, back, and spinal cord injuries: At their worst, these injuries can result in full or partial paralysis, affect cognitive health, and require decades or even a lifetime of highly specialized care and therapy.
Soft-tissue injuries: These include injuries to muscles, ligaments, and tendons, such as strains and sprains. Often thought to be minor, soft-tissue injuries have the potential to worsen if they are left untreated.
Before you discuss any settlement with a business or other establishment—or its insurance company—consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. Keep in mind that some effects from a serious accident don’t become apparent until long after an accident, including effects that may have a financial or emotional impact. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident in Fernandina Beach, schedule a free, no-obligation consultation now by calling Harrell & Harrell, P.A., at 904-251-1111 or 800-251-1111 or contacting us online.
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