A slip and fall case sounds simple, but to those who have been victims of a bad slip and fall or trip and fall, they know that the injuries and medical bills they face are anything but simple. Falling the wrong way can leave you with broken bones, concussions, and long-term back and neck injuries – or worse.
The owners that allowed a slip and fall to occur on their property should be held responsible for your injuries. It is the responsibility of store owners, home owners, apartment landlords, and other property owners to ensure that their property is safe for others to visit, and that any dangerous spills, ice, or other slipping hazards are made safe. Everyone knows that a slipping or tripping hazard can cause people injury, and that owners can be sued for those injuries. There really is no excuse for this kind of negligence.
In Baltimore, Bennett and Heyman, P.A., works to help its clients recover for slip and falls, trip and falls, and any other personal injury claim. If you or a loved one suffered injury in a slip and fall accident in Baltimore, talk to an experienced personal injury attorney like those at Bennett and Heyman today.
Slip and Fall Injuries
Everyone has probably slipped or tripped, and taken a fall in their lifetime. Many of us fall as children, but recover from our injuries and move on. As adults, though, our bodies are more vulnerable to injury, and the injury does not heal as well. This means that even something simple like a fall can cause severe injury.
These injuries are even more severe when they occur from high places or on very hard surfaces. Something like a slip and fall down a stone staircase has so much more opportunity for injury than a trip on soft grass.
Cuts, bruises, and scrapes are common injuries, but how you land can affect the severity of your injury. It is expected that many people will try to catch themselves when they fall, and this can lead to broken arms and wrists. Those who are unable to catch themselves could suffer a blow to the head from walls, stairs, or the ground.
The possibility of injury to the head, neck, or back can cause especially painful injuries. Many of these injuries are difficult to recover from, and can leave victims with long-term, or even life-long, pain and discomfort.
Especially severe injuries may require surgery. Broken bones can require surgery to set them with pins and screws. Herniated discs or broken vertebrae in your back can require surgery to repair. Blows to the head may need surgery to correct internal bleeding.
If you are elderly, handicapped, or otherwise vulnerable, your injuries can be even worse. It does not matter who you are or how much injury you sustained, the responsible parties can be made to pay for all of it.
Compensation for Slip and Fall Injuries
The primary job of a personal injury attorney is to help you get financial compensation for your injuries. This means getting the party responsible for the hazard that you slipped on to pay for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Medical bills can be especially high when injuries require surgery, physical therapy, or are very severe. Any of the following medical expenses can be recovered against those who caused your injury:
- Ambulance rides
- Hospital visits
- Doctor visits
- Imaging (X-Rays, MRIs, CT scans, etc)
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
The money you spend to recover from your injuries is something that is easily tracked and proven in court to get you compensation.
If you have to miss work because of your injuries, you can recover for those lost wages as well. That means wages from work you missed while you were in the hospital or recovering can be reimbursed. If your injuries are severe enough that you can no longer work at all or were forced to take a lower-paying job, you can recover for those future lost wages, too.
Pain and suffering is not something that you can easily put a price tag on, but you can still recover monetary damages to account for your pain and suffering. This means some money makes up for the physical pain you felt, and some money makes up for the mental suffering that pain caused. In Maryland, these damages are limited by a legal “cap,” which changes from year to year. To get a better understanding of how much you are able to recover, talk to an attorney.
Do Not Talk to Insurance Companies Without Consulting a Lawyer
Insurance companies usually cover home, business, and other property owners in case of injuries on their property. That means that insurance companies that represent the party responsible for your injury might offer you money to cover your injuries. This is usually considered an out of court settlement, and would prevent you from suing to recover any more damages.
Because this would be the end of your case, it is important never to accept money from an insurance company before you review your case with an attorney. Insurance companies may minimize how much they think your case is worth and try to convince you that you would not be able to win more if you took the case to court. In those cases, the insurance companies get people to take much lower sums than they deserve for their injuries. Hiring an attorney to protect you can help you understand what your case is truly worth.
Plus, insurance companies may try to get you to admit partial responsibility for the accident. In Maryland, if they can prove you were partially at fault for your own injuries, they can block you from recovery. It is very important not to answer questions about a case without your attorney present.
Experienced Baltimore Lawyers Are Waiting for Your Call
The attorneys of Bennett and Heyman, P.A., each have years of experience in the law. Between them, they have about 70 years of practice representing clients and getting them the compensation they need. To talk to our attorneys about your case, call us at (410) 429-7856.