Slip and Fall Injuries: New Study Highlights Key Risk Factors Predicting Injury

Slip and fall accidents commonly cause lower leg injuries when people fall unexpectedly and cannot stop themselves gracefully. The torque and force the fall put on their joints and bones can be severe and cause serious injury and pain.

In the medical community, the severity of a lower extremity injury stemming from a slip and fall accident is determined by several risk factors. Some people are more susceptible to leg injuries, such as a foot and knee injury from a slip and fall than others and it could affect your personal injury case.

Our San Diego slip and fall attorneys recently discussed a medical study at a personal injury law firm website which attempts to predict the severity of lower extremity injuries to predict medical treatment and prognosis.

Are You More at Risk for Suffering a Lower Extremity (Leg) Injury from a Slip and Fall Accident? A New Study Finds Key Indicating Factors.

Lower extremity (leg) injuries are frequently caused by slip and fall accidents. Slip and fall accidents most commonly lead to injuries such as muscle strains, contusions, and ligament sprains to name a few. The ankle, knee, and lower leg are the most common places for lower extremity injuries. Lower leg injuries are frequently treatable, but costly, and the worldwide medical costs for treating them are estimated at $1 billion a year. Because of the frequency and treatment costs of lower extremity injuries, researchers and clinicians have compiled a list of risk factors to help determine how severe the lower extremity injury is relative to the scope of possible leg injuries.

Some risk factors include: age, gender, menstrual cycle (in women), previous injury, inadequate rehabilitation (of a previous personal injury), acrobatic fitness level, limb dependence, flexibility, muscle strength/balance, reaction time, limb girth, postural stability, and anatomical alignment.

Leg injury risk factors help insurance adjusters, doctors, and attorneys determine the severity of the slip and fall accident which helps them access the compensation the injured person should receive. This is why every slip and fall case is unique. Since people themselves are unique, there is no specific rate that a person will get when they suffer a slip and fall accident.

If you have suffered a slip and fall accident that has caused a lower leg injury, including a foot and knee injury from a slip and fall, please be sure to see an orthopedic doctor, preferably a surgeon, as soon as possible to have your injury examined and to determine its’ seriousness. It would also be a good idea to gather all relevant facts available to you about your accident—gather all contact information for witnesses to the slip and fall, take pictures of the material or object you slipped or tripped on, and look around for any video cameras which may have captured the slip and fall. You should bring this information to an experienced San Diego slip and fall lawyer who specializes in personal injury cases, such as our lawyers, for a free consultation and help with getting the medical treatment you need and a guidance.

San Diego Slip and Fall Law Firm

Unfortunately, slip and fall accidents are very common, most often in supermarkets, stores, and restaurants. Employees that sweep and mop floors sometimes do a poor job, or they fail to warn their customers that the floor is slippery after mopping. Many employees also forget to display a “wet floor sign” which could warn their customers of a potential slip hazard Because of this, people can unexpectedly slip and fall and injure themselves.

The slip and fall attorneys have represented numerous clients injured by slip and fall accidents. For more information about how we can help you or your family member injured in a San Diego slip and fall accident, please contact us for a free consultation.

Slip and Fall Injuries are one of the Most Common Accidents and One of the Most Difficult Personal Injury Claims. Be Sure to Hire a Trained and Experienced Lawyer for Your Case.

Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, even in stores, restaurants, and shops.  Because these places require constant cleaning, employees have to constantly sweep and mop their floors.  Although this is a good practice for a business to have, sometimes these employees will do the job in a negligent and disorderly fashion.  Employees are supposed to warn their patrons or customers if the floor is slippery or wet.  Or at the very least, they should leave a “wet floor” sign on the wet area.

Common Injuries Stemming from Slip and Fall Accidents

When employees don’t follow proper safety protocols, their customers or patrons could slip and fall in their store.  Here are the common injuries stemming from slip and fall accidents:

  • Concussion
  • Broken back
  • Hip fracture
  • Back Pain
  • Dislocated knee and elbows

Will the Store be Held Liable for my Slip and Fall Accident?

When property is open to the public for business purposes, the customers or patrons are considered to be “invitees.”  These businesses have the obligation to warn these invitees of known obvious and non-obvious dangers, and they will be held liable if someone gets injured while on their property.  A wet floor is considered to be a non-obvious danger because you don’t know a surface is too slippery until it is too late.

Thus, when you slip and fall in a store through no fault or negligence of your own, the store will generally be held liable for your injuries.  This means, that the store will have to pay for your lost wages, medical expenses, and other damages you may have from the accident.

How Can a Slip and Fall Accident Attorney Help?

Unlike most other personal injury cases, the only way to obtain compensation for your injuries is by filing a lawsuit.   Once the lawsuit is filed, slip and fall attorneys know how to negotiate with the business, their insurance companies, and their attorneys.

Fortunately, our lawyers specialize in slip and fall accidents.  We have represented numerous slip and fall clients who have been satisfied with how our law office represented them and the compensation they received.  If you or someone you know has ever been involved in a slip and fall accident, please contact us for a free consultation.

Client Testimonial: San Diego Slip and Fall Client, Rosemary M. of Spring Valley, California

Here is what our client, Rosemary M. of Spring Valley, California, has to say about how our office helped her.

We represented her in a San Diego slip and fall accident and recently obtained a very good settlement for her.

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If you or a loved one has been seriously injured because of another person’s recklessness or negligence, you can feel like events are out of your control. Dealing with medical bills, insurance companies, surgeries, pain, and uncertainty can be overwhelming. You may have to go to court to get the compensation you deserve. You may need to hire an attorney. In hard times you also need a friend.

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My son was attacked by a dog in El Cajon. Now he is in an East County hospital and needs reconstructive surgery to correct the damage to his face…

I was rear-ended on I-5 near SR 94 in San Diego, CA. I’m injured, my car is totaled, and the insurance claims adjusters are acting like it’s my fault. I think I need a lawyer…

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With offices near the trolley line in Downtown San Diego and in Carlsbad for our North San Diego County clients, We handle a range of practice areas including:

  • Auto, Motorcycle, and Truck Accidents
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  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents
  • Dog Bites

Our team of San Diego injury lawyers will put you at ease. They will explain the legal process to you and help you find the medical attention you need. You will be fully involved in the decision-making process so you can make educated choices about your case. With our support, you will make the journey from fear and uncertainty to knowledge and closure.

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