A slip and fall accident could happen anywhere: at a grocery store, on the sidewalk, at a construction site, at someone else’s home, etc. Fall injuries cost the United States over $50 billion dollars every year in medical bills, and are one of the leading causes of fatal workplace accidents.
Merrillville property owners must maintain a safe environment for visitors, and are liable for any injuries that happen on their property. If you are injured on their property because they’ve failed to keep it in a safe condition, you shouldn’t have to pay for their negligence.
The personal injury lawyers at Hensley Legal Group can help you get justice for your fall injury. We’ve been fighting for Hoosiers since 1998, and we are dedicated to getting you the settlement you deserve. Please call at (219) 400-4679 for a free case consultation.
Why Should You Hire an Attorney After Your Merrillville Slip and Fall
Property owners and insurance companies want to minimize the amount of money they pay out in injury settlements and will use legal if unpleasant means to discredit your fall injury claim. Indiana comparative negligence laws mean property owners can blame slip and fall victims for their own injuries.
When you’ve been injured, it can be insulting to be blamed for your own injuries and denied compensation for your medical bills. You need strong evidence and eyewitness statements to prove it was the property owner’s negligence, not your own, that caused your injuries.
A Merrillville premises liability attorney knows how to build a strong argument for you. They will investigate your fall accident, scout out the location, gather video evidence and eyewitness statements, and deal with insurance adjusters on your behalf.
Most Slip and Falls Are Preventable
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.
Maintaining a safe environment is the easiest way to make sure slip and fall accidents do not happen. This includes fixing unsafe conditions like:
- Icy sidewalks or stairs
- Uneven flooring
- Spills and slick areas
- Loose rugs
- Inadequate lighting or security
- Open 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, a Merrillville 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 may cause 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
After a serious fall, you may not want to do the same level of physical activity as before, in case you fall happens again. But less physical activity can lead to muscle weakness and poor balance, which can increase your chance of repeated falls.
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. Our Merrillville premises liability attorneys can help you recover costs for medical bills, funeral costs, and loss of companionship.
Help from a Merrillville 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 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 (219) 400-4679, shoot us a text, or chat with us online for a free consultation about your slip and fall.
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