What do you do when you enter a store and see a yellow “wet floor” sign? If you are like most of us, you steer clear of that area. The last thing you need is to fall and get hurt.
But what happens when there is no sign to warn you of danger?
Slip and fall accidents are far more common than most people realize. While these incidents are not the only way that people get hurt on another person’s property, they are the most common cause of premises injuries.
At SMT Legal, we are here to help if you have been injured in a slip and fall incident. These injuries are nothing to take lightly. They are serious. If a property owner or employee was negligent in their duty to keep you safe, you need to get compensation for your incident-related expenses. When you need a Pittsburgh slip and fall lawyer, call us today.
The Real Numbers
Falls are nothing to joke around about and need to be taken seriously. According to the CDC, the total medical costs for falls each year is more than $50 billion. While not all of these falls are associated with slip and fall injuries, we know that over a million of them are.
Slip and fall incidents often occur when a property owner or a person they designate fails to do their duty. When you go to the store, a government office, or any other location you have a right to be at, you should be safe. It is the job of the employees to clean spills and properly warn patrons when there is a wet floor.
Along with the inside of a building, the parking lots should also be well-maintained to prevent slip and fall incidents. Uneven pavement and broken curbs are major hazards.
The average cost of a slip and fall injury is around $30,000, but that number can go much higher if a person needs surgery and extended rehabilitation to make a full recovery. Particularly at risk are the elderly. They are much more likely to suffer severe injuries in a fall and experience more complications due to those injuries.
However, we need to point out that anyone, regardless of age, can be severely injured in a slip and fall incident. If you are injured, it is important to report the injury to management and seek immediate medical attention.
What You Can Do Now
After a slip and fall incident with injuries, you will likely have many questions that the people around you cannot answer. We know that insurance companies may not offer much in the way of a settlement, especially if you do not have a knowledgeable and experienced attorney by your side. At SMT Legal, you can count on us to secure the maximum amount of compensation possible for your injuries and other related expenses (lost income, pain and suffering, punitive).