The instinct when someone slips and falls is to try to catch themselves before hitting the ground. Sometimes this instinct leads to broken bones, or someone may break bones under other circumstances related to a slip and fall. Broken bones can be painful and may lead to severe secondary health problems, such as infections. Broken bones may be particularly harmful in older victims, who may have more fragile bones and could be at a heightened risk of developing injuries or illnesses related to the fracture.
A Clearwater broken or fractured bones lawyer will determine the cost of your injuries. Their next step will be to seek compensation from those who are responsible for those injuries. If your loved one is the victim, then your lawyer will work to seek financial recovery for them. Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today at 1-800-747-3733 for a free consultation.
Slipping Hazards in Clearwater
The climate of Clearwater means that slipping hazards that exist in other regions of the country, such as ice, are not an issue. There are plenty of ways that those who live, work in, or visit Clearwater can be put at risk of a slip and fall injury.
The following slipping hazards may put patrons of businesses, government property, homes, and other properties at risk of slipping and falling:
- Liquid spills
- Cluttered walkways
- Loose tile, carpet, wood, or other types of flooring
- Slippery surfaces without a posted warning
Patrons of any given property cannot be expected to walk gingerly and keep their eyes on the ground. This means that the owner of a property must ensure that walkways are clear of spills, clutter, and any loose flooring. Property owners must know the nature of the visitors who visit their property and take special care to prevent visitors from slipping when such care is necessary.
Clearwater’s Elderly May Be at High Risk for Slips
Nursing homes are one particular area of concern when it comes to slipping incidents. Nursing homes may be held to a high legal standard for protecting their residents and visitors.
The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) provides specific instruction for certain aspects of nursing home care. Nursing homes should also abide by specific rules when it comes to preventing slipping accidents on their property.
Some ways to protect the elderly in Clearwater from slipping and falling include:
- Ensuring that there are handrails installed on all stairways and ramps
- Ensuring that nursing home residents have slip-resistant shoes and that those who need accompaniment while moving receive it
- Having video and in-person monitoring of elderly nursing home residents so that any at-risk patients are not able to wander about unattended
- Ensuring that all spills, damaged walkways, and other slipping hazards are fixed, cleaned, or otherwise remedied in a prompt fashion
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains that 95% of hip fractures are the result of a fall, and how the elderly population is at great risk of suffering this specific injury. This injury could also prove deadly, as it requires a long recovery period and can make a patient susceptible to infection.
It is as clear as ever that the elderly require special precautions when it comes to protecting them from injury and illness. While the elderly may be more at risk of injury from a fall, every property owner must protect every visitor on their premises from slipping and falling.
If you or a loved one have suffered a fracture because of a slip and fall, then a Clearwater broken or fractured bones caused by slip and fall lawyer can help you pursue compensation. Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today at 1-800-747-3733 to learn the ways in which we go the extra mile for our clients.
A Lawyer Can Lay Out Your Case
Once a fracture has occurred, the next step for a lawyer may generally be to seek compensation for their client. They may do this by laying out their client’s case for awards to either an insurance company, another lawyer, or a jury.
A lawyer may generally begin their client’s representation by seeking compensation through insurance. This means of seeking compensation may not be successful or may not even be an option if the person responsible for your losses is not insured or your losses are more than what an insurance policy provides for.
For some clients, a lawyer may proceed directly to a lawsuit. Those whose insurance claim is not successful may end up bringing a lawsuit as well. The following are elements of a lawsuit that a lawyer will handle without the need for your participation.
Documenting the Scene of Your Accident
A lawyer will do what they can to document the location where your accident occurred. Videotaping the scene, taking photographs of hazards, and recording witness accounts may be among the ways that a lawyer documents the conditions that led to your accident. Your lawyer may produce such documentation when they are fighting for a settlement on your behalf.
Fighting for Compensation
A lawyer will calculate how much compensation you or your loved one deserve and then fight for that amount of awards. They will meet with insurance companies or other attorneys to negotiate a settlement that compensates you fairly. If negotiations are not successful, then your lawyer will fight for compensation by bringing your case to trial.
Call the Team for a Clearwater Personal Injury Lawyer Today
Suffering a fracture because of a slip and fall may be traumatic and may not be your fault. Those responsible for causing your fracture or a loved one’s fracture may end up compensating you for your losses, and a Clearwater broken or fractured bones caused by slip and fall lawyer will set out to achieve that goal.
Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today at 1-800-747-3733 for a free consultation. You worry about getting better. We take care of everything else.
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