Slip & Fall Accidents
SOME OF THE MOST SERIOUS INJURIES WE DEAL WITH ARE RESULTS OF FALLS
In 2016, 34,673 people died in falls at home and at work. One in five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury. Falling disproportionately affects the older members of our society. Each year, 3 million older people are treated in emergency departments for injuries stemming from a fall.
There are over 800,000 hospitalizations every year for falls, typically because of brain injury or hip fracture. In 2015, medical costs for falls totaled $50 billion, and Medicare and Medicaid paid 75% of these costs.
About one in five falls causes a serious injury, like broken bones. Wrist, arm, ankle, and hip fractures are among the most common. Falls also commonly produce brain injuries. These of course can have a devastating effect on the quality of a person’s life. Also, when someone falls and gets injured, they usually become afraid of falling again. This fear will limit the person’s desire to engage in their normal activities, causing them to become depressed and sedentary.
The attorneys at Cefali & Cefali have handled many slip and fall accidents. These accidents are unique in that they typically take over a year to resolve, and liability is somewhat difficult to prove. We employ the help of scientists to conduct tests such as slip resistance tests, whereby the scientists will test the coefficient of friction on a given surface in order to determine whether the property owner exposed the public to an unreasonable risk of harm. This is powerful evidence to present to a jury or insurance company.
Typically, grocery stores will put up a huge fight about slip and falls. They will refuse to turn over surveillance video and vehemently deny wrongdoing. Then, once you file a lawsuit against them and propound discovery, it becomes clear that they were at fault. Don’t let a grocery store or other premises owner or property manager push you around. Lawyer up and Call Cefali!