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Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and Fall Accident - Afonso & Afonso

Learn about your rights if you’ve been involved in a slip and fall accident!

Many people are injured each year as a result of slipping on newly mopped or waxed floors, tripping on uneven ground with no warning signs, or tumbling on loose floorboards, particularly stairs. Slip and fall accidents can happen almost anywhere – at your own home or that of your neighbors, at work, and anywhere else you go.

Although not all slip and fall situations result in personal injury claims, you should be aware that if you suffer such an accident on someone else’s property and that person was at fault for your slip and fall accident, you are entitled to legal claims. To do so, you need an experienced personal injury lawyer near you who can provide you with legal assistance in claiming what is due to you.

Types of Injuries Commonly Sustained in a Slip and Fall Accident

1. Sprained Wrists or Ankles

A simple misstep on a wet or slippery floor can result in a sprained ankle or wrist. This is because your natural reaction when you’re about to fall is to spread your arms to cushion the impact. Although not very serious, these injuries take a long time to heal, thereby greatly affecting your daily activities. With an ankle sprain, you may not be able to walk. That is why, if you believe you have a strong case that another party is to be held responsible for this accident, our attorneys at Afonso and Afonso will assist you in filing and winning these claims.

Sprained Wrists or Ankles - Afonso & Afonso
Sprained Wrists or Ankles - Afonso & Afonso

1. Sprained Wrists or Ankles

A simple misstep on a wet or slippery floor can result in a sprained ankle or wrist. This is because your natural reaction when you’re about to fall is to spread your arms to cushion the impact. Although not very serious, these injuries take a long time to heal, thereby greatly affecting your daily activities. With an ankle sprain, you may not be able to walk. That is why, if you believe you have a strong case that another party is to be held responsible for this accident, our attorneys at Afonso and Afonso will assist you in filing and winning these claims.

Broken Bones - Afonso & Afonso

2. Broken Bones

This is another common injury that occurs when you fall hard on solid ground after tripping on uneven surfaces. Hip, wrist, and ankle fractures, in particular, are the most common bone injuries. Although older people are more likely to break their bones as a result of slip and fall accidents, such circumstance doesn’t affect their right to file legal claims for their injuries. And so, even if you’re more fragile than others, you still have a right to financial compensation if your injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence.

3. Traumatic Brain Injuries

When a head hits the ground or on another object in a fall, traumatic brain injury is always a possibility. This type of injury can range from minor concussions, bumps, and bruises to severe skull fractures, hematomas, and subarachnoid hemorrhage. If you’ve been involved in this type of accident, it’s critical that you see a specialist straight away because without proper medical treatment, it may even lead to death. With the expert help of a personal injury lawyer, you can establish a more compelling claim for compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, or even mental distress.

Patient with Traumatic Brain Injuries - Afonso & Afonso
Patient with Traumatic Brain Injuries - Afonso & Afonso

3. Traumatic Brain Injuries

When a head hits the ground or on another object in a fall, traumatic brain injury is always a possibility. This type of injury can range from minor concussions, bumps, and bruises to severe skull fractures, hematomas, and subarachnoid hemorrhage. If you’ve been involved in this type of accident, it’s critical that you see a specialist straight away because without proper medical treatment, it may even lead to death. With the expert help of a personal injury lawyer, you can establish a more compelling claim for compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, or even mental distress.

Back and Spinal Cord Injuries - Afonso & Afonso

4. Back and Spinal Cord Injuries

In the event of a slip and fall accident, our back is also one of the most vulnerable parts of our body to receive a painful impact. It can induce vertebral fractures or slipped or herniated discs, thus restricting the injured person’s ability to make movements. Worse, an injury to the spinal cord can result in permanent paralysis and even death. When these injuries occur as a result of a slip and fall accident, our personal injury lawyers at Afonso and Afonso will make sure to represent your best interests in the courts.

5. Shoulder Dislocations and Muscle Strains

If you hit your shoulder as you fall, this can cause a serious dislocation or strain that may require surgery. This means you may need to start a treatment plan in order to determine your long-term prognosis for recovery. Seek the knowledge and expertise of a reputable personal injury lawyer if you’ve sustained these kinds of injuries to ensure you are compensated for your medical bills.

Shoulder Dislocations and Muscle Strains - Afonso & Afonso
Shoulder Dislocations and Muscle Strains - Afonso & Afonso

5. Shoulder Dislocations and Muscle Strains

If you hit your shoulder as you fall, this can cause a serious dislocation or strain that may require surgery. This means you may need to start a treatment plan in order to determine your long-term prognosis for recovery. Seek the knowledge and expertise of a reputable personal injury lawyer if you’ve sustained these kinds of injuries to ensure you are compensated for your medical bills.

Are You Injured in a Slip and Fall Accident in Elizabeth, NJ? Get Legal Help from Us Today!

At Afonso and Afonso Law Firm, our lawyers have extensive experience in handling all legal cases involving slip and fall accidents. Whether it is a minor case or one that is more complex, we are here to help you get the settlements you deserve!

Give us a call today to schedule a free consultation of your case!

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