When you leave the comfort of your home to go out and do some shopping, head to the bank, or stop by a local government office, the last thing you need to worry about it getting hurt. We know that you are a careful person, but there are times when another person’s negligence can cause you harm. Slip and fall incidents are one of the most common, and most costly, injuries that can happen to someone.
At Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP, we understand that you may not know what to do if you are hurt on another person’s property. You will likely have many questions. Let us help you get the answers you need. Our qualified and experienced team will work tirelessly to secure the compensation you deserve if you have been hurt. When you need a San Diego premises liability attorney, we are here for you.
What We Know
When discussing slip and fall injuries, we want to point out that they are particularly dangerous for the elderly population. However, they can happen to anyone. When people slip and fall in public, their reaction is often one of embarrassment and this can lead to them simply trying to leave the store without ever reporting the fall or even seeking medical attention. If they later realize they have been injured, this lapse in time can be used against them when they seek compensation.
- Always report slip and fall incidents and seek medical treatment immediately.
The Centers for Disease Control tells us that over 800,000 people are hospitalized due to falls, many with broken hips or head injuries. They say the average hospital cost for a fall injury is $30,000, but this number does not factor in rehabilitation or medical equipment that may be needed after a person is discharged. That number also does not factor in unmeasurable things like the loss of a person’s ability to do the things they love to do because of their injuries.
Not all slip and fall incidents will lead to major injuries, but we want to point out that even minor injuries can lead to costly medical bills. The average cost of a broken arm is typically around $2,500. That amount is much more than a person living paycheck-to-paycheck can afford.
What We Can Do To Help
Slip and fall incidents are serious and should be treated that way. Many people just want to move past what has happened and move too quickly when insurance companies offer a settlement. However, we know that you should be compensated for all of your incident-related expenses. At Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP, we will do everything we can to secure compensation for the following:
- Your medical expenses
- Income you lost if you missed work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Punitive damages against the property owner