Sydney Slip and Fall Lawyers Helping to Get You Back on Your Feet
Slip and fall injuries are one of the most common types of injury in Sydney, Nova Scotia. And the consequences can be devastating. As people go about their daily lives, the last thing they’d expect is to slip on a poorly maintained sidewalk, or fall down in a grocery store.
Picture it. You’re taking your kids to the Mayflower Mall for some Sunday shopping. You’re walking through the food court deciding what to eat, and your legs disappear from under you. You put your hands down to break your fall and hear something break. Pain shoots up through your arm and your vision goes black.
Before you know it the ambulance pulls up and emergency workers make their way through the small crowd that’s assembling. Your kids get to ride in the ambulance with you, but you’re not really aware of your surroundings as the painkillers take over. When you get to the hospital you’re told that you’ll need surgery right away, and rehab could take months before you can use your arm again. What about work? What about everyday tasks? How will you afford the surgery costs and medical bills?
Other than the hit to one’s pride, slip and fall accidents can cause severe injuries with lasting effects. Broken bones, torn ligaments and life threatening head injuries are just some of the consequences of something so avoidable as poor signposting. Together with excruciating injuries, victims must also worry about medical expenses, lost income, psychological trauma and irreversible physical damage.
At NOVA Injury Law, our compassionate team of accident injury lawyers treat you and your situation with the respect it deserves.
Adding to our experience, we have a practicing emergency room physician with special training in occupational medicine consulting on all of our cases, as required. Having this expertise built into our practice means that our team of slip and fall injury lawyers can start building a compelling case file to support your claim.
What are Some Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents?
Slip and fall accidents are usually caused by a number of key aspects, often outside of the victims control. Cold weather in Sydney, NS winter months can cause surfaces to be slippery, icy and uneven, particularly when surfaces are exposed to the outside weather.
Inconsistent and unstable surfaces like broken or cracked concrete on sidewalks is a common cause of slip and fall accidents, as are slippery supermarket floors that aren’t properly signposted.
Studies estimate that over 1,100 people per year suffer serious enough injuries from a slip and fall injury to take time off work to recover, and the average amount of time victims needed to take off work is an astounding 71 days! Because of the severity of these injuries, it’s important for both individuals and business owners to implement protective measures against slip and fall accidents.
What Should You Do if the Unavoidable Happens?
Signposting danger areas can greatly help to reduce the risk of accidents. As an individual, it’s important to always be aware of your surroundings and potential hazards. Suitable footwear with a good grip and showing extra caution in wet and icy weather is also essential. Keeping in touch with your community and reporting any hazards you see may help to save your fellow Nova Scotian. But unfortunately it’s just not possible to be alert at all times, and human nature dictates that we rush from one place to the next.
When you least expect it, a slip and fall accident could happen to you, and the consequences could be dire. Contact NOVA Injury Law right away, for a Free Case Review.
What Types of Injuries Can You Sustain from Slip and Fall Accidents?
Slip and fall accidents occur when you least expect it, and scarily, they can happen almost anywhere. Perhaps you’re visiting a friend at a local mall, shopping for groceries, or on your way home from work. Slip and fall accidents can happen on both private and public property, and can result in a range of injuries, from minor scrapes and bruises to debilitating, traumatic, life-changing injuries, requiring lasting support.
- Spinal cord injuries: victims can suffer from herniated discs, pinched nerves and fractured vertebrae, resulting in severely restricted movement, or even paralysis.
- Knee and ankle injuries: ankle fractures and sprains are common injuries of slip and fall accidents, as the muscles and tendons stretch and tear. Twisting and tearing your knee can result in tears to the meniscus, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), requiring expensive surgery and laborious rehabilitation.
- Wrist, elbow and shoulder injuries: our natural reaction is to protect ourselves with our arms when falling, and this can cause rotator cuff tears, shoulder dislocations, tendinitis, and bursitis (painful, inflamed cushioning between joints).
- Head injuries: slip and fall accidents are a leading cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI), the least serious of which is concussion. The more serious TBI injuries can cause hematoma’s hemorrhaging, skull fractures and other types of brain injuries that can result in seizures and in some cases death.
- Facial injuries: unfortunately when we fall down our faces take the brunt of the fall, causing painful nose and jaw fractures, shattered teeth and nasty gashes, requiring painful and costly corrective surgery.
- Hip fractures: a common and extremely painful injury often sustained in slip and fall accidents; on impact the thigh bone (femur) can break and fracture. Most times it requires corrective surgery and sufferers have ongoing difficulty walking.
What Can You Stand to Lose in a Slip and Fall Accident?
Aside from the immediate pain and suffering of the horrific injuries listed above, victims can expect expensive medical bills for hospital treatment, surgery, rehabilitation (physical therapy and medication). The range of injuries often means that victims suffer from long term injuries, requiring long term treatment and time off work.
Feelings of anxiety and depression frequently accompany victims’ physical pains, and the prolonged recovery process can leave victims feeling helpless and frustrated.
That’s why it’s important to contact NOVA Injury Law right away, if you’ve been injured because of an unsafe premise. We’ll explain Occupiers’ Liability law and look into the insurance coverage of the place where your injury occurred. Nova Injury Law can help you to find the best treatment and benefits available under an applicable policy of insurance, so that your recovery isn’t hampered by financial stress.
Because your claim isn’t limited by legislation, like some car accident claims, you may be able to gain more compensation for certain injuries, and our team of slip and fall expert lawyers can help you through the whole process, from the day of your injury to the day you receive your rightful compensation. No matter how long it may take, NOVA Injury Law is there to fight for your right to fair compensation, from day 1.
How Do You Know if You’re Eligible for Compensation?
It’s important to know who is at fault. In order to launch a successful claim, you need to show that the other party (usually the property owner) was responsible for your sustained injuries. Our team of experts then looks into the following questions:
How negligent were the responsible parties? What is a fair amount of compensation to match your losses?
For example, we might prove that the property owner was negligent because they failed to put up the proper signage on a slippery floor or uneven surface.
We then take a number of other factors into account, such as the area where the slip and fall incident took place, the type of property, and the victims medical condition before and after the accident. Our experienced slip and fall personal injury lawyers work with medical professionals to understand the extent of your injuries. In fact, we’re uniquely positioned to build you an air-tight case both legally and medically, because unlike other firms, we have an in-house physician on our team.
Dr. Laura Mitchell together with a team of medical professionals work with our slip and fall lawyers to gather evidence and build the strongest possible argument for your claim.
Generally, a slip and fall claim will come down to whether; the responsible party should have been aware of a dangerous condition and notified the victim before the accident, or whether the responsible party caused the dangerous condition that led to the accident.
It then comes down to whether both parties acted reasonably when trying to prevent the accident. Did the property owner reasonably take preventative measures to stop the accident from happening? And did the victim go about their activities in a reasonable way, trying to avoid the accident. The personal injury lawyers at NOVA Injury Law can be relied on to make strong arguments to explain why the at-fault property owner is responsible for the injuries, damages, and losses caused.
NOVA Injury Law Will Help You Get Back on Your Feet After an Accident
It can be hard to know whether you should file a personal injury claim or a worker’s compensation claim. And it can also be tricky filing a claim in a small community where you know everyone. Trust NOVA Injury Law to choose the right claim for you, and protect your rights in the workplace. Trust NOVA Injury law to deal with the other parties insurance company and get you the maximum compensation you deserve. Before making a decision, contact us for a Free Case Review. We’ll help you make the informed, right decision, and we’ll support you every step of the way.
If You’ve Been the Victim of a Slip and Fall Accident, It’s Important to Act Quickly
Reach out to us for a Free Case Review and a casual conversation about how we can help you with your claim. Once you have us in your corner, we’ll bring in our team of expert physicians and experienced slip and fall lawyers to quickly assess injuries and start building a file of compelling medical evidence to support your claim.
This is part of the reason that NOVA Injury Law is considered to be the premier personal injury law firm in Sydney, Nova Scotia, and is a key reason why NOVA Injury Law has been able to secure greater sums of compensation than any other firm in Nova Scotia over the past few years.
Our lawyers are also part of the community in Sydney, Nova Scotia – so we can work with professionals, community groups and volunteers all over the city to get you the support you need.
We understand the devastating impact of serious injury to those affected and their loved ones, and the flow on effect this can have to all aspects of one’s life. Know that you are not alone and our team of experts will make sure you receive the much needed treatment and compensation you deserve.
If you’ve been in a slip and fall accident, contact NOVA Injury Law, so we can help you to recover today, and get your life back on track tomorrow. Reach out to us for a Free Case Review, no-obligation consultation, and contingency fee agreement available for many types of claims.
For more information or to set up an initial consultation for a slip and fall incident in Sydney, you can reach our personal injury lawyer team by calling 1-800-262-8104. Our team is available to help you learn more about your rights and what we can do to make sure you recovery what you deserve.