The cartoon character slips on a banana peel, flies through the air, and lands with a thud. We’re supposed to laugh, but there’s really nothing funny about a slip and fall accident. They can be deadly and cause catastrophic injuries that destroy lives, making it important to contact a Houston Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer if this has happened to you. If you or someone you love has had a serious fall, you’re not alone. Falls are the number one reason for visits to the hospital emergency rooms. According data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 8 million people are injured in falls annually, and about 24,000 fall victims die.
The CDC reports that in addition to the large number of deaths, approximately 8,000,000 people sustain injuries in falls, many of them very serious or catastrophic. Falls are the most common cause of death on the job, the third most frequent cause of death by accident overall, and the most common cause of accidental death among seniors over 65.
Many of these falls are preventable and are caused by someone’s negligence in the upkeep of their premises.
The owner or operator of any property open to the public owes a duty of care to prevent hazardous conditions, to warn the public if hazards occur, and to immediately take steps to remove or repair the hazardous condition. When poor maintenance results in injuries from a fall, the owner or other party responsible for the maintenance of the premises may be found liable, allowing the injured victim to receive an award of monetary compensation for economic and non-economic damages, including medical expenses, lost wages and future earning potential, cost of household help, pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, emotional anguish, diminished quality of life, and various other damages caused by the fall.
If you’ve been injured in a serious fall that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you will want to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to find out if you have a case to recover money for your injuries. You should bring an attorney on board as soon as possible after the accident to allow for a thorough investigation while the evidence is still available and to avoid missing filing deadlines.
To preserve your right to a recovery, avoid discussing the details of your accident or injury with any insurance adjuster or other company representative. Don’t sign any authorizations or releases and don’t give the adjuster a recorded statement, because these are tactics that insurance companies employ to diminish the value of your claim or deny it altogether. Your lawyer will handle the insurance company and protect you rights throughout the legal process.
In Houston, when you need a premises liability attorney’s assistance, the place to turn is the law firm of Gordon, Elias & Seely, LLP. With sixty years of combined experience, our attorneys have the legal know-how and the passion for justice that will ensure that you have that top quality legal representation that will produce results. We focus on the individual needs of each client, keeping you involved and informed at all times. If you’re out of work and having trouble with your medical bills and living expenses, we may be able to advance you money to help out, and it’s always interest free.
Call today for a consultation this week. Let us start working now for your recovery.