The non-profit organization The National Safety Council reports that falls are one of the most common causes of accidental injury in the United States. The risk of falling depends on many circumstances, but the best thing you can do for yourself and your family is to educate yourself in what types of factors make falls more likely. If you fall was due to someone else’s actions or negligence, you may be entitled to recover damages through and Indiana personal injury lawsuit. Whether you have a claim depends on many factors, but the best to determine where to go from here is to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. The lawyers of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are dedicated to helping Georgians injured in accidents recover from the responsible party or parties. We provide individualized representation to each client we represent, and fight to obtain the highest possible settlement or award in each case we handle.

Falls can happen anywhere, but some areas of the home or outdoors present a higher risk than others. The National Safety Council provides the following list as some of the most common locations for falls:

  • Doors
  • Ramps
  • Places with clutter
  • High traffic areas
  • Uneven flooring
  • Places where there is a high risk of spills or wetness
  • Heights without gates or railings
  • Work surfaces that are not properly secured
  • Ladders
  • Stairs

In order to make these areas safer, take steps to mitigate any risk factors that may be present. For example a person could install hand rails in all stairwells, make sure to clean up all spills immediately after they occur, repair and uneven surfaces, or place non-slip mats in bathrooms and kitchens. If you fall and injure yourself on someone else’s property, you should take pictures of the condition of the property as soon as possible after the injury. In addition, record contact information for anybody who may have witnessed the accident.

Contact a Fayette County personal injury attorney for a free consultation

Falls can cause a wide range of injuries, varying in severity from cuts and scrapes to serious head trauma that may require hospitalization. If you believe that your injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, you should have a consultation with a Fayette County personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Also, make sure to have a thorough medical evaluation to properly diagnose and document any injuries that you may have sustained. People who sustain injuries due to falls may be recover for damages such as medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, or decreased enjoyment of life. In order to set up a free consultation with one of our experienced Fayette County personal injury attorneys, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.

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