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Slip and fall injuries are a common reason for emergency room visits each year in the US. The majority of these falls are "same level" falls as opposed to falling from one elevation to another. These falls can be painful, disabling, or even cause death.

Defining liability

A slip and fall injury is just as it sounds. Something, usually because of negligence on someone's part, causes one party to slip and fall commonly causing injuries. In West Virginia, slip and fall injury lawsuits are decided under negligence and personal injury laws. This means that to prevail in your claim you must prove:

  • The real estate owner or tenant should have known about the hazard and taken more steps to prevent people from being injured
  • You were being careful while walking on a dangerous surface
  • You were injured in a slip or trip and fall accident
  • Those injuries cost you money

Common slip and fall cases

  • Shoulder: According to the Mayo clinic falls are a common cause to rotator cuff injury. The rotator cuff is the name for all of the tendons and muscles in your shoulder that connect your upper arm to your shoulder socket.
  • Brain: The leading cause of Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI cases are from falls. Over 35% of TBI cases are related to falls. These injuries can include open head wound, or closed head wounds such as bruising, concussion, or permanent brain damage.
  • Neck: Sprains and strains such as whiplash, headaches, neck pain, limited notion, or even broken necks.
  • Back and Spinal cord: A very common injury from slip and fall cases are back injuries. Ruptured discs, compression fractures, nerve damage, leg pain etc.

Average Settlements

The average settlement for a slip and fall case can vary quite a bit depending on the circumstances of the case, however, these settlements often include compensation for expenses such as medical bills, lost wages, future wage loss, and pain and suffering.

Personal Injury Lawyer

The best thing you can do if you have suffered an injury from a slip and fall accident is to hire an experienced personal injury lawyer. Brewer & Giggenbach are available for free phone consultations to discuss your case. With over 70 years of combined experience, we are the attorneys you can trust. Contact us on our online form or call 304-291-5800 or Toll Free at 1-800-355-9646

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