No one in Louisiana is perfect and people will be involved in accidents throughout their lives. Its not a fun part of life, but it is one that is just a fact of life. Some of these accidents are inconsequential and do not have an affect on people’s lives, but that is not true for all accidents. Some accidents result in people being injured. There are many different types of accidents as well, but one that often results in injuries are when people fall.
Types of injuries people suffer in falls
There are different injuries that people suffer when they fall. Sometimes the injuries are not very serious, but that is not always true and some people suffer significant injuries. In fact, approximately 20% of people who fall suffer a broken bone or injure their head. Over 800,000 people are hospitalized each year for injuries suffered in falls, commonly head injuries and broken hips. Falls are also the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries as well. Older people are at a greater risk for suffering injuries in falls, but all people are vulnerable.
There are many places that people can fall as well, but many people who fall when they are on other people’s property. Many times it will happen when people are in stores shopping, which are commonly referred to as slip and fall accidents. Store owners have a duty to keep their stores in good repair and free of dangerous hazards. This does not always occur though and accidents occur. If the property owner failed to correct a known hazards and protect customers, they could be liable for compensating the victims.
Legal recourse after a slip-and-fall
When people in Louisiana fall, it may not seem that serious, but many people suffer injuries such as broken hips or head injuries, which completely change their lives. They can also be costly as people will need to incur medical bills and may lose income as well if they are unable to work. If the falls are due to a store owner’s negligence though, the victims may be able to receive compensation for the damages. Experienced attorneys understand these fact-specific matters and may be able to guide one through the process.