As many in Alabama know, unfortunately, slips and falls are common and can be costly, especially for older people, who are more likely to be seriously injured by a fall.
In fact, falls are the leading cause of injury and injury-related death for Americans age 65 and older. Approximately 30 million adults in this age group fall per year in the United States, which averages to be one out of every four of these older Americans. These falls lead to 3 million older adults being treated for their injuries and, sadly, also some 30,000 deaths each year.
About 20 percent of falls result in serious injuries for older individuals, including broken bones and damage to the head, such as potential concussions, skull fractures and even brain damage. Every year, 300,000 or more older people suffer hip fractures, and at least 95 percent of broken hips are the result of falling.
You may have a credible slip-and-fall claim
Although falls are preventable, they are not always one’s own fault. Sometimes you’ll be on someone else’s land or a company’s property, and you’ll slip and fall due to circumstances beyond your control, such as a wet floor, a torn carpet or a wobbly step. If there was a hazard like this that was not properly marked and appeared without warning, the owner of the property may be legally responsible and should be held accountable for how their mistake has costed you.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a slip and fall on someone else’s property, it’s important you know your legal rights and find out if you qualify to pursue financial compensation to offset your medical expenses and suffering. Talk to an experienced and compassionate Alabama attorney who specializes in personal injury cases and premises liability claims.