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Broken Bones in a Slip and Fall Accident
Our bones provide the infrastructure of our bodies. They allow us stand upright, walk, and do all the daily tasks we need to do. When a bone is broken, it inhibits our movements and can be painful. Unfortunately, it doesn't always take much to break a bone. A mere slip and fall or trip and fall accident can result a broken wrist, arm, ankle, or rib.
If you have suffered a broken bone in a slip and fall accident, you need to consult a dedicated NJ slip and fall injury attorney. The Princeton law office of Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. has represented slip and fall accident victims for over 20 years. To get the best legal representation, call us at (609) 240-0040 to schedule a free, comprehensive consultation.
A New Jersey Property Owner's Duty of Care
All property owners are required to keep the condition of their property safe. This includes houses, stores, offices, yards, etc. This means the property can't have unreasonable hazards, such as slippery floors, unsecured carpet edges, debris in walkways, low-hanging fixtures, faulty wiring, damaged stairways, and sidewalks. A property owner must maintain their property and repair anything that could cause someone to become injured. In legal terms, this is known as "premises liability." If a property owner doesn't keep their property reasonably safe and a person is injured, they can be held liable.
Example of Premises Reliability
Suppose you or a family member is shopping at a supermarket. A section of the store's tile floor has recently been mopped, but no cautionary cones or signs warn of the floor's condition. You or the family member slips on wet tile, causing an injury. The owner of the supermarket can be held liable for the injury.
Common Types of Bone Fractures Caused by Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall injuries have been known to cause all types of damage. The most common injuries in slip and falls are broken bones and concussions. By far, the most common injury in a slip and fall is a broken wrist. The natural instinct to break a fall causes these injuries. Here are the most common broken bone injuries in a fall accident:
- Broken wrist or hand
- Broken arm
- Facial fractures (broken nose, broken cheekbone)
- Broken hip
- Broken knee
- Broken ribs
Slip and Fall Broken Bone Injuries and the Elderly
Unfortunately, a large number of slip and fall accidents involve elderly people. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that "falls are a threat to the health and independence of older adults and can significantly limit their ability to remain self-sufficient." The CDC reports that an overwhelming number of broken bones suffered by elderly people are caused by slip and falls.
The most common broken bone suffered by an elderly person is a fractured hip. Over 95 percent of hip fractures are caused by falls. While this is the most common injury, fractures to the spine, arms, leg, pelvis and hands are also very common.
Recover Damages for Injuries in a NJ Slip and Fall Accident
If a property owner's negligence has contributed to a slip and fall accident, the injury victim may be eligible for any of the following damages:
- Current and future medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Vehicle and household modifications, such as wheelchair ramps and lifts
- Lost wages from missed work
- Loss of career or earning capacity
- Permanent injury or disability
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, it is vital that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney. Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. has represented thousands of New Jersey injury victims for more than 20 years. We will take a passionate interest in your case.
Call us at (609) 240-0040 to discuss your legal rights and options.
- How Do I Get Financial Compensation for Breaking a Bone in a New Jersey Slip and Fall Accident?
- Overview of Fractures - Merck Manual
- Broken Bone - MedlinePlus
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