17 October, 2023
When we think about slip and fall scenarios, most of us imagine momentary accidents where the person involved walks away largely unscathed. However, slip and falls can cause injuries and lead to about one million emergency room visits each year in the U.S. While many slip and falls only result in minor scrapes or bruises, some can leave victims with long-term, debilitating injuries that require surgery or other expensive procedures.
Victims should not be expected to shoulder the financial burden alone in these cases. If you or a loved one experienced a slip and fall and either underwent or may require surgery, you likely have questions about how this can impact your case. Read on to learn more about the implications of a slip and fall accident with surgery from The Barnes Firm.
Slip and fall accidents can result in a range of injuries, such as broken bones, fractures, torn ligaments, head injuries, and spinal cord damage.
Certain conditions and circumstances significantly increase the likelihood of slip and fall accidents occurring, including missing or broken handrails, wet floors, unmarked hazards, unsecured floor mats, or uneven or damaged flooring. While those with mobility limitations and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to these types of accidents, anyone can become a victim of a slip and fall injury that requires extensive and costly medical procedures.
When a slip and fall accident injury requires surgery, it alters the trajectory of your case. Understanding how this medical intervention affects your potential settlement or compensation is crucial for making informed decisions. The need for surgery often leads to a more substantial settlement or compensation in slip and fall cases. This is primarily due to the following factors:
Maintaining thorough and precise records of all your medical expenses and treatment history is an important piece of evidence in building a robust and effective case. These records serve as invaluable evidence, painting a clear picture of the full scope of your injuries, their financial implications, and the impact the incident has had on your life. To ensure you receive the compensation you rightly deserve, keep track of all of the following:
In addition to comprehensive medical records and bills, several other pieces of evidence can significantly bolster your case. Photographs of your injuries serve as inarguable documentation of the immediate aftermath, providing a powerful visual representation of your pain and suffering. Similarly, capturing images of the accident scene can offer a critical context for establishing liability and isolating the conditions that led to your fall.
Reports about the accident can also give significant weight to a slip and fall case. Witness reports detailing firsthand accounts of the incident provide crucial testimonies to support your version of events. Incident reports filed at the scene can serve as official documentation of the accident. Surveillance footage should be requested and preserved as soon as possible, as it provides objective evidence of the incident.
While injured victims suffer through surgeries and painful recoveries, it’s often difficult or impossible for them to handle the additional burden of evidence collection. Fortunately, an experienced personal injury attorney can assist in gathering and organizing all of the most pertinent materials to strengthen a slip and fall case, allowing clients to focus on their healing. An attorney can also help with all other aspects of your case, including:
Medical issues resulting from slip and fall accidents are difficult to endure on their own, but when injuries require surgery, victims suffer even more – physically, emotionally, and financially. Those impacted by negligent slip and fall incidents reserve the right to hold at-fault parties accountable. If you’ve suffered injuries requiring surgery after an accident, contact our team of dedicated personal injury attorneys at The Barnes Firm today. Call us today at (800) 800-0000 for a free consultation to discuss your case and explore your legal options.
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