Can I Sue after an Age-Related Fall in Atlanta?
According to statistics compiled by the National Safety Council (NSC), accidental slip and fall injuries are behind approximately 8.9 million emergency department visits each year. The injuries that people can sustain in slip and fall accidents can range from minor scrapes to much more serious matters that may require significant medical care. While all of us are at some risk of slip and injuries, the risk of both falling and being injured in a fall increase significantly for people over 65 years of age. When these accidents are caused by someone else’s negligent or wrongful act, victims may be able to recover by bringing a personal injury lawsuit against the person or party responsible.
What if age-related issues contribute to a fall?
Simply put, it does not matter whether a person’s poor balance or mobility contributed to a fall, provided that these conditions were due to age or age-related conditions. In addition, certain facilities, such as nursing homes, are legally required to provide supervision and additional safety devices to reduce the risk of slip and fall accidents. Some of the more common examples of the types of conditions that may result in a slip and fall accident include:
There are many other ways a slip and fall accident could occur that may indicate that someone else may have been negligent, and an experienced attorney will be able to evaluate your case and determine if you have a legal claim. After an accident, you should be sure to document as much information about the incident as you can, including taking photographs of the scene if possible. If you accident happened in a commercial setting, ask to fill out an official incident report. Finally, be sure to see your physician or another medical professional after an accident.
Slip and fall accidents have the potential to cause serious injuries. The skilled personal injury attorneys of Boling Rice, LLC are dedicated to helping people injured by the negligence of other recover. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call our office today at (770) 887-3162. To send us an email, please fill out the contact form above.