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Common Injuries Caused by a Slip and Fall

slip and fall or trip and fall can lead to nothing other than a bruised ego.  However, a fall that causes injury can lead to long recovery times and, in the most serious cases, permanent disability or death.

Outlined below are some of the more common injuries caused by a slip and fall or trip and fall accident.  Please use the underlined links to visit the Mayo Clinic’s website to learn more about specific injuries, their prognosis and treatments.

  • Broken wrist or hand– When you fall your mind takes over, attempting to break your fall and protect your back, head and neck. As your arms reach out the impact can be transferred to your hand and wrist. This impact often leads to broken bones in the hand and wrist. This injury can be difficult to fully recover from.
  • Spinal cord injury– A spinal cord injury can often be devastating. If the injury is severe the fall victim may remain partially or fully paralyzed for life. A spinal cord injury sustained during a fall occurs when the back strikes the floor or another object such as a shelf in a grocery store. Less severe back injuries include a slipped disc, fractured tailbone and back sprain.
  • Hip fracture– A hip fracture is most prevalent in fall victims over the age of 65. However, if the fall is hard enough or occurs on a raised surface such as stairs, the injury can affect anyone. Despite recent improvements in repairing a broken hip, primarily surgery, a hip fracture is considered a serious, even deadly injury.
  • Head trauma– Head trauma covers a wide range of head injuries. An open head wound is dangerous as the amount of blood lost can be significant. Closed head injuries, such as a concussion or traumatic brain injury are also common during a slip and fall. Though some head traumas can be minor many cause life altering damage.

Your Connecticut personal injury attorneys take slip and fall cases very seriously.  We hope that the information listed above helps you better understand some of the injuries caused by a slip and fall.

Slip and falls are all the more common in areas such as Connecticut, where snow and ice are a hazard all winter long.  If you have been hurt during a slip and fall accident and believe that your injury was caused by the negligence of another please contact an experienced CT attorney today.

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Proving Fault After a Slip and Fall Accident

Nolo.com offers thousands of articles on nearly every legal topic.  Today we will be looking at proving fault after a slip and fall accident.  Though our practice focuses on laws and regulations in Connecticut (Conn) the advice and information here is pertinent across the nation.

Who was responsible for your slip and fall accident?

This is a question that must be answered early in your slip and fall case.  Responsibility determines liability.  If you have been injured during a slip and fall or trip and fall we must determine if the property owner has been careful in the maintenance of his or her property.  Though some trip risks, such as carefully placed drainage grates, do not necessarily point to negligence, other risks do.

How is liability determined?

This is a tricky question.  In most cases the fall must have been caused by one of the following scenarios:

  • The owner, manager or employee caused a spill, worn or torn area, other slippery or dangerous surface.
  • The owner, manager or employee knew about the dangerous surface but did not remedy the situation.
  • The owner, manager or employee should have known about the dangerous surface because a “reasonable” person responsible for the care of the property would have discovered and removed or repaired it.

Though the third situation is most common even it is up for interpretation.  Judges and juries can feel differently about the wording of these stipulations.  In order to ensure that you are well represented make sure that your attorney has extensive experience proving negligence in slip and fall law suits.

Did you expose yourself to harm?

We are always careful to get the full story of how the slip and fall accident occurred.  Though no one is careful and cautious every moment there are things that people do to put themselves in harms way.  Depending on the actions of the fall victim a case may fail to bring compensation or the amount of the compensation will be significantly reduced.  Though an insurance adjustor may want to know the following things DO NOT answer any questions without speaking with a lawyer.  The adjustor is attempting to get you to admit fault, thereby saving his company money and ensuring that you are not properly compensated.

  • Did you have a legitimate reason for being where the dangerous area was?
  • Would a careful person have noticed the dangerous spot and avoided it?
  • Were there any warnings that the spot may be dangerous?
  • Were you doing anything that distracted you from paying attention to where you were going or where you were running, jumping or fooling around in a way that made falling more likely?

Again, please DO NOT discuss the event with an insurance agent or anyone connected with the property in question until you speak with your attorney.

The staff and attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren hope that the information provided here helps you better understand the complexities of slip and fall cases.  We have been winning slip and fall cases for over 30 years and can help you understand your case and get you maximum compensation for your injuries.  Please contact an attorney today for your free consultation.

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What Makes Fall Cases So Difficult?

Isn’t the property owner always responsible?
You’re shopping in a department store, slip on something on the floor and fall to the ground, fracturing your shoulder.  Or you’re in a hardware store, trip over the end of a rake that’s sticking into the aisle and fall forward, breaking your wrist.  You’d think each store is responsible for your injuries, right?  Think again.

Fall down cases are among the most difficult of the cases we commonly see.  Why?  A property owner is not liable simply because a shopper is hurt by something dangerous on the floor or in the store.  The property owner is not responsible unless it’s done something wrong.  This means that certain requirements have to be met:

What the law requires:

1.  A dangerous condition must be present

AND EITHER

2. The property owner (or its employees) knew the dangerous condition was there

OR

3. The dangerous condition was there for a long enough time that the property owner (or its employees) should have known the dangerous condition was there

AND

4.  The property owner (or its employees)
a.         did not correct or effectively warn of the condition
b.         despite having had a reasonable opportunity to do so.

Confusing?  Let’s take an example:
Imagine that late one Wednesday night you’re pushing your cart around the end of a supermarket aisle and into the aisle where the dishwashing soap is shelved.  A moment later, you slip in a puddle of liquid soap and you’re injured. Is the puddle of soap on a supermarket floor dangerous?  Of course.

But how can you prove that the store “knew” or “should have known” that the soap was there?  It’s unlikely that a store employee will confess to carelessly handling the bottle and causing the spill.  In fact, a shopper ahead of you may have dropped and broken the bottle just a minute before you arrived.

To hold the store liable, you need some evidence that the soap was on the floor for a while — long enough so that store employees, who are supposed to circulate and look for dangerous conditions, should have seen the spill and taken action either to clean it up or warn shoppers like you to go around it.

So how do you prove wrongdoing?
In a case we tried on these facts, our client dragged herself up into a sitting position and took a good look around.  She saw tracks from the wet wheels of about half-a-dozen shopping carts that had already been pushed through the puddle and down the aisle.  When put together with testimony that the store had not been crowded that mid-week night, it was obvious that other customers had already been through the same puddle, and that the puddle had been there for quite some time.  Without our client’s observations, though, no matter how serious the injuries, the store would have escaped liability.

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