Injured in a slip and fall? Call the injury lawyers at Hensley Legal Group for a FREE consultation!
Did you know there are more than 15,000 attorneys registered in the state of Indiana? Now that you know this, you have a wide variety of attorneys to choose from. However, finding one that you’ll work well with can be a difficult task. When you’re recovering from a slip and fall accident, you need to know you’re working with someone who has your best interests in mind.
Here at Hensley Legal Group, we want to make a difference. We care very much for the legal interests of Lafayette’s residents and treat them as if they were members of our own family. We’d like to get to know you before we decide the best course of legal action to take regarding your case.
Call (317) 472-3333 to request your free case evaluation and learn how our attorneys can make a world of difference.
Devastating Slip and Fall Accidents Affect the Lives of Lafayette Residents
After a slip and fall accident, you may feel like you can just get up and walk away. But not every accident is as simple as that. One in five falls is fatal for Hoosiers over the age of 65, and survivors may suffer emotional and mental trauma that will affect them the rest of their lives.
Broken bones hurt — there’s no doubt about that. But the pain doesn’t end there. You may also struggle to pay for your emergency room and x-ray tests. Unexpected medical bills can take a toll on your mental and emotional health too. Stress caused by expensive medical bills can often results in depression, changes in eating and sleeping patterns, and more.
Most slip and fall accidents that result in hospitalizations and serious injury happen to Hoosiers over 65. It’s much easier for seniors to break bones, and many don’t have reserves of cash on hand to pay for the medical bills.
Even low falls can cause severe head injuries. In 2018 alone, over 33,000 Hoosiers suffered traumatic brain injuries (TBI). This results in 1,313 deaths.
The CDC identifies 4 categories of common TBI symptoms:
- Physical: Headaches, blurry vision, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, sensitivity to noise or light, balance problems, and lack of energy
- Emotional: Sadness, irritability, increased emotional sensitivity, nervousness, and anxiety
- Sleep-related: Trouble falling asleep, sleeping more or less than usual
- Cognitive: Difficulty thinking, remembering, or feeling slowed down
Always seek medical attention when you hit your head. Some symptoms do not appear right away, but failing to recognize a TBI can lead to fatal consequences.
Emotional and psychological trauma
Falls can cause emotional and psychological damage that can affect the rest of your life. You may develop an increased fear of falling after their accident, which can impact your activity levels which leads to muscle weakness and an increased risk of falling again.
Some may develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after their fall, an intense emotional and physical response to trauma that could cause symptoms like:
- Flashbacks and nightmares
- Emotional numbness
- Uncontrollable shaking, chills, or rapid heartbeat
- Tension headaches
- Desire to avoid certain people, places, or topics of conversation
- High sensitivity to stimuli
- Difficulty sleeping
- Lack of concentration
- Mood swings
In some slip and fall cases, a person may pass away from their injuries. Falls are a leading cause of death for people over the age of 65. If your loved one suffered a fatal fall because of someone else’s negligence, the lawyers at Hensley Legal Group can help you recover monetary damages to help with expenses. This can include medical bills, funeral costs, and more.
How Hensley Legal Group Can Help You Maximize Your Premises Liability Compensation
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 we work on contingency, which means 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 (317) 472-3333, shoot us a text, or chat with us online for a free consultation about your slip and fall.
How Property Owners Can Prevent Lafayette Slip and Fall Accidents
Indiana premises liability law refers to the duty of property owners to others. Property owners have a responsibility to keep their property as safe as possible.
Premises liability covers more than just slips, trips, and falls. Property owners are responsible for any and all injuries that happen on their property. This could include falling ceilings, dog bites, inadequate security, and more.
Whenever a property owner notices a hazardous situation, they must do whatever it takes to reduce the risk of premises liability accidents. These measures include:
- Cleaning up spills immediately
- Avoiding slippery floors by removing ice, grease, or other materials
- Placing signs or cones on the property to warn people about hazards
- Repairing loose or wrinkled carpeting and secure rugs
- Training employees on safety guidelines around heights and heavy equipment
- Fix inadequate lighting issues
- Keep the property neat and clean, especially pathways
Did you know that falls are the third-leading cause of fatalities in Indiana? In a year, there are about 557 deaths from falls. Eliminating hazards is absolutely essential to providing a safe environment. To prevent falls, owners must:
- Install handrails on stairs, regularly checking and repairing any that are loose or broken
- Repair crumbling or unsteady steps
- Install railings around high areas
- Require employees to wear shoes with non-slip soles
Property owners have a legal responsibility to keep conditions safe. If their carelessness caused your accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Trust the lawyers at Hensley Legal Group to protect your rights. There is no charge just for consulting with us, so why wait? Contact us right away and see what we can do for you.
You can schedule a free home or virtual legal consultation with Hensley Legal Group today. Call (317) 472-3333 to chat with our attorneys. Let’s get started on your case.