People who are injured due to the negligence of others are entitled by law to be compensated for their injuries. This could include:
- people who are injured on-the-job by the negligent actions of employees of other companies, for example, an employee of one subcontractor who falls through a roof because another subcontractor or the general contractor failed to put up appropriate railings or failed to cover a hole in the roof;
- people who have slipped on substances at a grocery store or restaurant where company employees failed to clean up a spill within an appropriate length of time;
- people who have been attacked or bitten by a dog;
- people who have fallen from a deck because the railing gave way;
children injured on an amusement park ride, a theme park ride, an unsafe fast food playground, or unsafe daycare center.
Usually, when we think of slip and fall injuries, we picture someone slipping on the ice or tripping on a crack in the sidewalk. We imagine minor injuries like sprained ankles or a bruised muscle. Often, the first thought going through a person’s mind as they hit the ground is not about how hurt they are, but how embarrassed they are. Many businesses play up that angle with the hope that you will not file a claim. Many will simply deny that the accident happened or deny that serious injuries could have resulted. Unfortunately, however, injuries from falls can often result in broken bones, herniated discs, and torn ligaments. Some require surgery with pins and plates, many require months or years of rehabilitation, and some result in permanent disabilities and impairments.
Coping with the emotional, mental, and physical effects from these types of injuries can be exhausting and challenging, and can last a lifetime. These symptoms can affect every aspect of someone’s life, from simply bending over to tie one’s shoes, to lifting, bathing and otherwise caring for small children. It often affects relationships between spouses and friends. It often makes work difficult or impossible. It can result in the loss of work and significant financial problems. Insurers would like nothing better than to settle a claim as soon as possible for as little as possible. They know how to press their advantage and take advantage of otherwise honest and decent people who have suffered injuries through no fault of their own. Before an insurer takes advantage of your good will, contact us for a free consultation to find out your rights.