Lawrence Township Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers
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Whether you are struggling to avoid black ice or climbing up a rickety staircase, slip and fall accidents can happen almost anywhere, indoors or out. And while they are referred to as accidents, they are often more than just bad luck. When a property owner fails to shovel snow, clean up a spill, or fix an uneven carpet, any resulting injuries can be attributed to their negligence. If those injuries include damage to the back or neck, the consequences can prove dire for the victim.
If a slip and fall injured your spine or neck as a result of a property owner’s negligence, you should not hesitate to call (609) 240-0040 to contact the Lawrence Township premise liability attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. Our expert legal team will put in the time and effort to fully review your case and build a strong personal injury claim on your behalf.
Property owners have a duty to maintain their property free of potential hazards and reasonably safe for others to visit. In most situations, this means preventing, removing, remedying, or warning about dangerous conditions on the property. When they fail to do so, they – and their insurance company – can be held liable if a visitor or patron is injured as a result.
Spine and Back Injuries
Because the spine makes up the core of the body’s structure, it will absorb most of the force of a fall. If you fall on your hands and knees, most of this force is mitigated, but a tumble down a staircase can cause serious tears and fractures along your spinal column, such as:
- Twisting of the spine
- Compressed or slipped spinal discs
- Fractured vertebrae
- Spinal cord injury
- Nerve damage
- Fractured hip or pelvis
Neck and back injuries are intertwined due to the fact that the bones of the neck make up the top portion of the spine. Damage to this region can range from mild to severe, resulting in:
- Muscle strains in the neck
- Neck sprains
- Herniated disc in the cervical spine
- Nerve injury that causes stinging and burning sensations
- Neck fractures
- Cervical dislocation
- Spinal cord injury
Costs of treatment and recovery can be extensive after a serious slip and fall. Serious long-term damage may result in life-altering consequences for victims and their families, especially in cases of paralysis. People with spinal cord injury often require extensive treatment initially, and ongoing treatment for the rest of their lives, including physical therapy and rehabilitation. In addition, one of your biggest costs may be a loss of earning capacity if your injuries make it difficult to continue your current career.
Depending on the circumstances of your accident, these injuries could affect a variety of aspects of your life, from your personal life to your job. The resulting costs of any injury, whether economic or non-economic, could be recovered in damages that include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Incidental expenses incurred because of your injuries
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish and distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium (the right of association and companionship with one’s spouse)
A slip and fall accident that injures your back, spine, or neck can be debilitating, and most victims might simply try and walk it off. But we often urge clients to get a full medical check-up after a fall, just to rule out any potential internal damage. If your doctor notices serious damage, then you will want to seek out all the help you can get. If the slip and fall occurred as the result of a property owner’s carelessness, then a premises liability is likely an option available to you.
Once you have received a diagnosis and medical care, contact the Lawrence Township personal injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. We will leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of full compensation for your injuries. Call us at (609) 240-0040 for dedicated legal assistance for injuries related to a slip and fall.
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