What Are Some Examples of Causes of Slip-and-Fall or Trip-and-Fall Accidents That Commonly Occur in Cases That You See?
I would say spills that haven’t been cleaned up is a big cause for falls and injury in places where food is served. In other businesses, it is often a defective condition in the floor or parking area that simply hasn’t been repaired yet. In grocery stores, dropped or loose items like grapes or other fresh produce can be slippery and cause slips. Loose carpeting that’s buckled is a big one because it’s not readily apparent but still poses a substantial risk of fall. Other causes are construction code violations of any nature involving stairs, new structures, or lighting (which can hide hazards); even treadways not being the right size can lead to serious injuries…Read More
What Are Potential Damages Available in an Indiana Slip-and-Fall Case?
The damages for a slip-and-fall are the same as for any other case. We describe damages as falling generally into two categories: (1) personal injury damages; and (2) property damages. The most compelling of these, by far, are the personal injury damages. You can get past medical expenses, past lost wages, future medical expenses, future lost wages, emotional distress, and pain and suffering. If there is a permanent injury, you want to have an evaluation done to determine whether the person will be as employable in the future as they were prior to their injury. If they’re not, you’ll get an assessment of the impairment of their earning capacity. This is in addition to lost wages. Also, where there has been such permanent injury, you’ll want to look at having an assessment of their lifelong medical needs. These are objectively measurable based upon the medical records and future demands. In addition, and perhaps the most compelling, are the human losses that should be compensated. This is compensation that is typically categorized under “pain and suffering” and “emotional distress,” but it can best be described as loss of enjoyment of life. The fact is, people with permanent limitations and permanent pain face the prospect of living the rest of their life at less than full capacity. There may be activities or experiences that they most enjoy in life that they can no longer do. In all such cases, what activities they can do are less enjoyable because of their pain and limitations…Read More