Slip and Falls Can Sause Serious Injury When Least Expected
When it comes to sudden accidents that cause serious injury, most people believe that it will never happen to them. However, in reality, accidents can happen to anyone at almost any time. One type of accident that often occurs when you least expect it is a slip and fall accident. Slip and fall accidents often cause severe injuries to unsuspecting victims, as the National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that approximately 8.9 million people1 in the U.S. receive treatment from emergency departments every year due to injuries sustained in slips, trips, and falls.
Slip and falls can happen in a wide variety of circumstances and for a wide variety of reasons. For example, this type of accident can occur on a sidewalk, in a grocery store or other retail environment, on or near construction sites, in a private home, in a school, or in any other location where people commonly walk around. Slip and fall injuries can happen for a variety of reasons, including but certainly not limited to the following:
- Worn or slippery surfaces
- Liquid spills
- Objects or debris left in walkways
- Electric cords that protrude into walkways
The following is an example of one scenario in which a completely unexpected slip and fall had a significant impact on a victim’s life:
A woman and her husband were looking to buy a house, so they went into an open house for a viewing. The real estate agent requested that they remove their shoes since it had recently snowed, so the couple obliged and walked around the house in their socks. Everything was going normally until they were headed down into the basement and the woman slipped on a stair and fell the rest of the way down. After being transported by ambulance to the hospital, she learns that she had broken her right foot and completely shattered her left ankle. She required two surgeries, months of limited mobility and missed work, and extensive rehabilitation. It turned out that the home was not up to building codes since the stairs were uneven, covered in work carpet, and the last half of the staircase was missing a railing.
No matter what the circumstances may be of your slip and fall accident, you should always consult with an experienced slip and fall attorney as soon as possible. Do not hesitate to call the law office of Boling Rice, LLC in Alpharetta at 770-355-0780 for a free consultation today.