Slip and Fall Injuries Can Have Devastating Effects
Whether in the workplace or at the neighborhood pool, the potential to get injured in a slip and fall accident always exists. While most people think only minor injuries may result, this is not always the case. In fact, a great number of slip and fall injuries not only result in prolonged hospitalization and require lifelong medical treatment, but some may even be fatal.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls among older adults alone cost the U.S. healthcare system approximately $30 billion in direct medical costs. This is because falls can be serious and can result in lifelong injuries. Injuries resulting from slip and fall accidents can range from traumatic brain injuries and damage to internal organs to hip and other bone fractures. These injuries can result in hospitalization, which can on average cost more than $17,500.
However, the cost of hospitalization and treatment is not the only cost those injured from slip and fall accidents may incur. Other costs such as outpatient physical therapy, loss of work wages and prescription drug costs may also stem from a slip and fall accident. These expenses may not always be covered by insurance, so the injured person might have the initial responsibility for paying them.
You should not have to bear the costs associated with a slip and fall injury. Slip and fall accidents can be serious and someone may be liable, entitling you to compensation for your injuries. An experienced Rhode Island personal injury lawyer can review your case and seek the compensation you deserve.