Can You See The Unmarked Step Down Here? Our elderly client did not and suffered a badly fractured hip.
Parking Lot and Sidewalk Defects
When you are out shopping, hitting the links or stretching your legs around the neighborhood, you do not typically worry about tripping and falling on the ground. Commercial and private property owners are supposed to keep their premises safe for patrons and guests, and you expect them to uphold this responsibility.
So, if you fell on a parking lot or sidewalk, your fall likely came as a surprise. You were not expecting to fall, and as a result you were unable to brace yourself to avoid serious injury. Bone fractures, herniated discs, soft tissue injuries and concussions are all common injuries in trip-and-fall accidents; and, for senior residents of Central Florida’s retirement communities, they can lead to long-term medical treatment, chronic pain; and the risk for potentially-serious complications.
What to Do if You Were Injured in a Fall
If you were injured in a fall on a parking lot or sidewalk, it is important that you see your doctor promptly. Let him or her know that you fell, and describe the incident in as much detail as possible. Answer your doctor’s questions thoroughly, make sure you know what you need to do to rest or rehabilitate your injury; and schedule any necessary follow-up appointments or procedures as soon as possible.
In addition to seeing your doctor, you should also speak with an attorney. The costs of medical treatment for traumatic injuries can be substantial, and an experienced attorney will be able to help you calculate your future healthcare expenses so that you can secure full coverage for your medical care. You may be entitled to compensation for other losses as well, and the only way fully to protect yourself and your family is to hire an attorney who can deal with the insurance companies while you focus on your physical recovery.
About the Babiarz Law Firm, PA
Located in The Villages®, the Babiarz Law Firm, PA is a personal injury law firm that focuses on representing individuals who reside in Central Florida’s senior living and retirement communities. The firm is led by Tim Babiarz, an attorney who has over 20 years’ experience fighting for clients who have been harmed by others’ negligence. Mr. Babiarz and the firm’s hand-picked legal team are passionate about helping those who are unable to help themselves, and they bring a compassionate, dedicated and forward-thinking approach to helping injured seniors recover the compensation they deserve.
When can you seek financial compensation for injuries sustained in a trip-and-fall accident? While there are far too many potential scenarios to list, some of the most common issues that lead to parking lot and sidewalk accidents include:
- Building and safety code violations
- Cracks in concrete and pavement
- Crumbling sidewalk curbs or curb stops
- Potholes and defective asphalt patches and crack repairs
- Defective signage or pavement markings
- Inadequate lighting
- Lack of parking lot or sidewalk maintenance
- Protruding tree roots
- Uneven and angled sidewalks
- Unsafe access ramps (or “curb cuts”)
Contact The Villages® Premises Liability Lawyer for a Free Consultation
For more information about the potential consequences of a trip-and-fall accident and your potential claim for financial compensation, schedule a free consultation at the Babiarz Law Firm, PA. If you are unable to come to our offices in The Villages®, we will make arrangements to come to you. To discuss your situation in confidence, send us a message online or call (352) 205-7599 today.