A slip and fall accident at a place of business is likely not the worst kind of accident that can happen. Getting hit by a car at high speed is usually worse, and so is falling off of the roof of a house. Just because slip and fall accidents do not usually cause life-threatening injuries, it does not mean that they are not painful or disruptive, though.
A slip and fall or trip and fall accident at a retail store, restaurant, or office building can cause injuries that require costly treatment and result in chronic pain and other long-lasting symptoms that interfere with your daily activities. You may need to take a leave of absence from work for treatment and recovery, and unless your employer has a generous paid medical leave policy, this will put additional stress on your finances. You can and should file an insurance claim to cover the financial losses you incurred because of a preventable accident at a place of business. The best way to get enough money to cover all of your accident-related losses is to contact a Spokane slip and fall accident lawyer.
Common Injuries That Result From Slip and Fall Accidents
If you suffer an accidental fall by slipping or tripping on an uneven floor or walkway at a supermarket, mall, restaurant, office building, or other place of business, these are some of the injuries that can result:
- Bone fractures – You probably fell numerous times as a child without ever breaking a bone. Children's bones can withstand falls in ways that adults' bones cannot, and the older you are, the greater your risk of bone fracture.
- Soft tissue injuries – Sprains and whiplash injuries, which are traumatic injuries to the soft tissues of the upper back and neck, can also result from accidental falls. After car accidents, falls are the most common cause of whiplash injury.
- Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) – This is a nerve injury that results from a fracture or sprain. It affects the nerves in the arm, leg, hand, or foot where the original injury occurred, and it can cause pain, weakness, and abnormal sensations in the affected body part. The only treatments are physical therapy, over-the-counter medications, and waiting for the nerves to heal.
- Concussion – If you hit your head during an accidental fall, you can get a concussion, which is the mildest form of traumatic brain injury. Its symptoms are chronic headaches, light sensitivity, and changes in vision, memory, and mood. The symptoms usually resolve on their own, but it can take months.
Companies' commercial liability insurance pays premises liability claims, but as with car insurance companies, it takes work to get them to pay you as much as they should. Therefore, you should have a lawyer negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf.
Contact West Law Office About Premises Liability Cases
A premises liability lawyer can help you get the money to cover your injury-related financial losses if you were injured in an accidental fall at a place of business. Contact West Law Office in Spokane, Washington, to find out more about your legal options.