Slip and fall injuries result from some of the most commonly occurring types of accidents, and may lead to serious life complications. Like many accidents, slip and fall accidents are unplanned and can happen anywhere and at any time. They can also lead to various severe implications for the victim, including unexpected medical bills, permanent injuries, inability to go to work, physical disabilities, or even death.
While Alabama laws allow victims to file for compensation in some cases of slip and fall injuries, it could get complicated. Some specific legal actions from an experienced slip and fall attorney then become necessary.
We will discuss the different types of slip and fall injuries in Alabama and how to prove negligence in these cases when filing for compensation.
Types of Slip and Fall Injuries
Many injuries can come from a slip and fall accident with varying levels of severity. These are a few of them and what they entail:
Damage to the Knee
When people slip and fall, there may be a sudden twist on the knee; it is common knowledge that the knee is made up of a joint, bones, and ligaments. Ligaments can tear, bones can break or twist. If as little as one bone in the knee bends out of place, it may take a long time to heal. Some knee injuries also need reconstruction before they can heal.
In a slip and fall accident, the fall's suddenness can put a lot of pressure on the bone(s) in the body, more than it can handle, causing it to break. Some of the common bones in the body that may break during the accident include the bones in your ankle, wrist, or hip. Bones are more likely to break when an individual is advanced in age or has certain health conditions. However, age or health factors are not a problem when filing for compensation.
Soft Tissue Injuries
These types of injuries are not visible on the outer parts of the body; they're internal. They're usually some of the most difficult to discover, and you can go without detecting them for a while. This is why a proper check-up after these accidents is necessary to avoid future complications. Some soft tissue injuries include torn tendons, muscles, ligaments, and even fat.
Traumatic Brain Damages
If you had a slip and fall accident where you hit your head as you fell, brain damage is a significant risk injury that may occur. They range from small bumps and bruises to devastating skull fractures or subarachnoid hemorrhoids. They can cause loss of control of the body or brain function.
Dislocations, Strains, Cuts, and Bruises
As you fall, you may likely dislocate or strain some parts of the body in a bid to break your fall. It is also possible to sustain cuts or bruises when you fall that can be quite severe, requiring treatments like stitches or surgery.
Proving Negligence in Alabama Slip and Fall Cases
Slip and fall injuries can occur in a flash in any location, including stores, sidewalks, restaurants, stadiums, personal homes, offices, restaurants, theatres, etc. A victim can claim negligence in a slip and fall claim when the accident occurred on the premises of another and sustains injuries resulting from this accident.
In Alabama, slip and fall cases are quite tricky because you or your attorney must be able to prove that the property owner's negligence led to your accident. If the property owner is in any way able to show that you had a hand in causing your fall, receiving compensation can become but a dream.
To prove negligence in an Alabama slip and fall case, here is what you need to do:
- Prove that the property owner had a reasonable responsibility to keep you safe from hazards on his property,
- Prove that the owner breached this responsibility,
- Prove that the breach legally caused this accident, which led to your injury, and
- Prove that the injuries caused you damages.
Property owners are responsible for adequately informing people on their property about dangers or accident-causing conditions on their property so that they can avoid them. Failing to do this puts them at risk of being liable to pay victims compensation.
Get Legal Help With an Alabama Slip and Fall Lawyer
Proving the property owner's negligence caused your slip and fall accident can be tricky without the help of a Slip and Fall attorney. Contact us at Mike Bell Law Firm; we help slip and fall victims with professional legal assistance to up your chances at getting adequately compensated for your injuries.