Most Evansville Slip and Falls Are Preventable
Premises liability law means that Indiana property owners are responsible for injuries that happen on their property. Maintaining a safe environment is the easiest way to make sure slip and fall accidents do not happen.
Property owners must take action to fix any unsafe conditions on their property. This includes:
- Icy sidewalks or stairs
- Uneven flooring
- Spills and slick areas
- Loose rugs
- Inadequate lighting
- Holes or areas under construction
- Walkway obstructions
If a property owner or manager is made aware of unsafe areas on their property, but didn’t take any action to fix it, you could hold them liable for your fall injuries. The fall down accident attorneys at Hensley Legal Group can help you get justice. Call, text, or chat with us today for a free consultation about your fall injury.
Slip and Fall Injuries May Be Deadly
Not every accidental slip results in a trip to the hospital, but fall injuries are not to be taken lightly. One in five falls lead to serious injuries, like broken bones and head injuries, or even death.
If you have experienced one of these injuries in a fall caused by the negligence or carelessness of another, an Evansville fall injury attorney can help you get compensation.
Hoosiers age 65 and older are especially susceptible to broken bones in falls. Over 95 percent of hip fractures every year are caused by falling. The older you are, the longer it takes to recover from a broken bone, and broken hips may require surgery, long-term hospital stays, or at-home nursing aid. And some people may never be able to walk or move like they used to.
Emergency room visits, x-rays, surgery and physical therapy can make treating a broken bone very expensive. If you were injured because of unsafe conditions at someone else’s property, you could recover money for your medical bills by filing a personal injury claim with their liability insurance.
Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI). You don’t have to fall from very high up to hit your head with enough force to cause a brain injury. You may not even realize you have a TBI because some symptoms may not appear until after you’ve already left the fall site.
Some common TBI symptoms include:
- Sleeping problems, ranging from insomnia to perpetual sleepiness
- Memory problems and confusion
- Slurred speech
- Nausea or vomiting
- Blurred or double vision
- Weakness/numbness in limbs or difficulty with coordination
- Abnormal behavior
A mild concussion may not need much treatment, but a severe TBI may require imaging tests, surgery, medication, or long-term treatment at a medical facility. If you hit your head in a slip and fall, seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
Emotional and psychological trauma
Tripping in public can be embarrassing, but fall injuries can include additional emotional and psychological trauma that may affect your ability to live a normal life.
Studies show that older adults often develop anxiety and lower balance confidence after a serious fall. Some fall victims may even develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD can have a profound impact on a person’s life, and can cause these symptoms and more:
- Flashbacks and nightmares
- Uncontrollable shaking
- Mood swings
- Difficulty sleeping
- Social isolation
- Loss of interest in activities
Negative psychological developments after a fall may lead to decrease physical activity, which in turn leads to muscle weakness, poor balance, and an increased chance of falling again.
Falls are the leading cause of death in the United States for adults over the age of 65. If someone’s negligence caused your loved one to suffer a fatal fall, you deserve to seek justice. Hensley Legal Group’s Evansville premises liability attorneys can help you recover costs for medical bills, funeral costs, and loss of companionship.
Help from an Evansville Slip and Fall Lawyer
The business owner may have scary lawyers, but we won’t be intimidated. Our personal injury attorneys are part of the Top 100 National Trial Lawyers and have decades of trial experience under their belts. And because we work on contingency, if we don’t get compensation for you then your case with us is free. We don’t get paid unless you do.
If you were injured because of a property owner’s negligence, Hensley Legal Group can help. Call us at (812) 437-2000, shoot us a text, or chat with us online for a free consultation about your slip and fall.