A recent report indicated that pedestrian deaths would hit a 28-year high in 2018. California is one of the states that have the highest number of pedestrian fatalities year after year. Many of the pedestrian deaths caused by motor vehicles are attributed to driver error. However, pedestrians must exercise caution too. Pedestrians do not always have the right of way. Even when a pedestrian does have the right of way, he or she can reduce the risk of a pedestrian accident by taking certain precautions.
Slips, trips, and falls can disrupt your life and result in chronic pain and permanent impairments. If a fall results in your injury, you might incur substantial medical expenses and lose time from work, which results in additional financial losses. A California slip and fall attorney can help you investigate the cause of the fall to determine if a property owner or other party is responsible for your damages.
A slip and fall claim can arise from a variety of accidents. When you go to the grocery store, the county tax office, restaurant, or doctor’s office, you could sustain a serious injury from a fall. An unexpected fall at an amusement park or while visiting a friend could result in medical bills and loss of income. Property owners are required to maintain safe premises for visitors. If not, they could be subject to a slip and fall claim under California’s premises liability laws. This requirement includes owners of private property, residential homes, commercial property, and government property.
A Property Owner’s Duty of Care to Protect Visitors
When a property owner fails in the duty of care to warn visitors of hazards on the property or reasonably maintain the property to avoid falls and injuries, the property owner may be held liable for damages caused by a fall and injury. Examples of instances that might give rise to a slip and fall claim include, but are not limited to:
- Failure to warn of wet floors or other hazards
- Failing to repair broken steps
- Inadequate lighting
- Broken flooring or worn carpets
- Failing to secure a swimming pool
- Failing to fill holes or place warnings of holes
Many circumstances can result in a slip and fall claim. Regardless of how the fall occurs, there are certain steps that you should take when filing a slip and fall claim.
Five Steps for Filing a Slip and Fall Claim in California
Step One: Report the fall immediately to the property owner.
If the property owner is not available, report the fall to an employee, manager, or other individual who works for the property owner.
Step Two: Collect evidence from the accident scene.
You need to document the accident scene and collect as much information as possible after the fall. Use your cell phone to take pictures of the accident scene and make notes of any statements made by the property owner, witnesses, and others. Ask witnesses for their names and contact information.
Step Three: Seek medical attention immediately.
If you were injured or you are unsure if you are injured, do not try to move. Ask someone to contact emergency medical services for assistance. If you determine you do not need emergency services, you should see a doctor as soon as possible after a fall. Falls can be shocking and frightening. You may not be aware of your injuries because of the flood of adrenaline that usually results after a startling accident. Seeking medical care is important for your injury claim. Delays in medical care can hurt your claim.
Step Four: Keep everything.
Store the clothing and shoes you were wearing at the time of the accident in a plastic bag. These items could become evidence in your case. Keep copies of all medical bills, receipts, statements, and other information related to your fall, injuries, and recovery.
Step Five: Contact a Sacramento Slip and Fall Attorney
Contact a California premises liability attorney to discuss your case as soon as possible. An attorney listens to what happened, evaluates your case, and provides legal advice and guidance. Premises liability claims can be complex. It is best to have an experienced attorney file your claim so the attorney can deal with the property owner, attorneys, and insurance providers.
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If you are injured in a fall, call The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 to schedule a free legal consultation with one of our attorneys to discuss your slip and fall claim.
Many slip and fall accidents do not cause serious or life-altering injuries. Accident victims heal fully within a few weeks or months of the fall. While the injuries can result in medical bills and lost income, the person can return to their normal daily activities and life after their recovery. However, some slip and fall accident victims sustain injuries that cause permanent disabilities from a slip and fall accident. For those victims, life is never the same.
Three Slip and Fall Injuries That Can Change Your Life
Some broken bones heal without causing permanent impairments. However, some fractures cause significant damage to joints or bones. These fractures often require surgery to repair the damage. Even with intensive physical therapy, the victim may not recover fully. In some cases, a broken bone from a slip and fall can cause a permanent impairment that makes it difficult or impossible for the person to return to normal activities, including work.
Traumatic Brain Injury
A fall can cause a concussion or other brain injury if the person’s head strikes the floor or other object during the fall. In some cases, a person can sustain a brain injury even without striking their head if the falling motion causes the head to jerk severely backward and forward or from side-to-side. The brain “bounces” around within the skull striking the skull in numerous places causing damage to the brain.
Depending on the severity of the head injury, a fall victim can sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
TBI symptoms include:
- Loss of consciousness, but it is not necessary to lose consciousness to suffer a TBI
- Blurry vision
- Vomiting or nausea
- Ringing in the ears
- Memory problems
- Slurred speech
- Changes in sleep Patterson
- Changes in emotional behavior
The long-term consequences of a traumatic brain injury can be debilitating. Some potential long-term effects of a serious TBI include seizures, coma, minimally conscious state, chronic headaches, vertigo, blood vessel damage, paralysis, intellectual problems, communication problems, sensory problems, and emotional disorders. TBI can also increase a person’s risk of developing degenerative brain diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia.
The financial, physical, and emotional damages caused by a TBI from a slip and fall are typically substantial for the victim and the family.
Back Injuries and Neck Injuries
Back injuries are also common in slip and fall accidents. While some back injuries may heal completely, a victim can sustain a severe back injury that may involve injury to the spinal cord. With spinal cord injuries, a victim could be partially or completely paralyzed. Back injuries can also result in painful and debilitating damage to the vertebrae (bones in the spine) and the discs between the vertebrae (i.e. ruptured discs).
Neck injuries are also common in slip and fall accidents. The fall can result in damage to the neck muscles and tendons. Severe cases of neck injury or whiplash can result in impaired mobility and chronic pain that interferes with normal daily activities and work.
Contact a Sacramento Slip and Fall Attorney for Help
A slip and fall accident can result in permanent impairments. Regardless of the severity of your slip and fall injury, you might be entitled to significant compensation for your medical expenses, loss of income, permanent impairments, scarring, pain, and suffering.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact The Tiemann Law Firm by calling (916) 999-9000. Our Sacramento slip and fall attorneys can explain more about personal injury claims and how you can recover compensation from a negligent property owner during a free consultation.
Neck injuries can cause severe and debilitating pain and limited range of motion. In many cases, a neck injury can be treated at home with pain medication, rest, and time. However, some neck injuries may require intensive medical treatment, including physical therapy and surgery. Some individuals may suffer permanent impairment or disability from a neck injury.
The Sacramento personal injury lawyers of The Tiemann Law Firm have extensive experiencing representing clients who have sustained a neck injury in an accident. If you are suffering from a neck injury, contact our law firm for a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys.
Three Common Types of Neck Injuries
There are many different types of neck injuries that you can sustain in an accident. Let’s discuss three of the common neck injuries our firm handles that result from accidents.
Herniated Cervical Discs
The cervical spine is comprised of the bones (vertebrae) and the discs between the bones in your neck. The discs between the vertebrae are filled with a gel-like fluid. A violent impact or movement can cause the outer covering of the disc to tear or rupture, which allows the gel inside to seep out. When this injury occurs in the neck, the injury is referred to as a herniated cervical disc.
Herniated cervical discs can cause a wide range of symptoms, including numbness, pain, tingling, and limited movement. The symptoms may be worse or debilitating if the person does not respond to treatment. Surgical intervention may be required in severe cases.
Whiplash is another common neck injury that can result from a variety of accidents. When the neck is “whipped” back and forth, such as in a rear-end car accident or fall, the resulting damage to the soft tissues in the neck can cause a variety of symptoms. Some individuals may experience neck stiffness, radiating pain, headaches, dizziness, back/shoulder pain, and tingling or burning. In severe cases, a person might experience problems with concentration, sleep disturbances, and limited range of motion.
In severe cases of whiplash, the neck may need to be immobilized with a neck collar, and the person may require physical therapy or surgery. Insurance companies treat whiplash as a “minor” injury that is often exaggerated by accident victims. It is best to seek legal counsel to protect your rights if you sustain any neck injuries.
Pinched or Damaged Nerves
The nerves in the neck can be damaged or “pinched” in an accident. The damaged to the nerves can result in shooting pains in the neck, shoulders, or arms. Many cases are temporary, and the damage heals with time and minor medical treatment. However, in severe cases, the trauma to the nerves may require physical therapy, medications, and additional time to heal.
Three Common Accidents That Cause Neck Injuries
Any accident could result in neck injuries. However, our law firm handles a variety of neck injury cases involving motor vehicle accidents, falls, and workplace accidents or repetitive stress injuries. It is important to consult a personal injury attorney near you if you sustain a neck injury in an accident or at work. A third party may be liable for your injury and the resulting damages and losses.
An attorney can review your case to determine if you are entitled to compensation under California’s personal injury laws. You might be entitled to receive compensation for your medical bills, loss of income, physical pain, emotional suffering, and other damages.
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Contact The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website to schedule a free consultation with one of our California personal injury lawyers.