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Slip-and-fall accidents can have serious consequences

Louisiana isn't known for icy, snow-drifted winters. That doesn't mean that there aren't plenty of opportunities for serious slip-and-fall accidents all year round. In fact, New Orleans is the third rainiest city in the United States. The area averages about 64 inches of rain spread out over 56 rainy days per year. All of that water can result in serious dangers to people on sidewalks and in stores. It only takes one ignored puddle of rainwater to send you flying in the air and then on to the hospital. Slip-and-fall accidents are incredibly common and in many cases can result in very serious injuries.

Maybe you are in a retail store, a restaurant or a movie theater getting tickets when it happens. Your foot slips in water or another spilled liquid and you hit the floor. Sometimes, it can happen in flooded parking lots or right in the foyer of a business. Whereever it happens, the owner or tenant of the space may be legally liable for the injuries you sustain. It's called premises liability, and it's one of the reasons that all businesses and homeowners have insurance policies. If someone is injured on a property, many times, an insurance policy will cover the medical expenses.

Slip-and-falls cause a broad range of injuries

While movies and television show us people falling dramatically all the time without injury, the real world is much more harsh. Depending on the age and health of the victim and the circumstances of the fall, a slip-and-fall can be very serious. People could fall all the way back, striking their head. A head injury could result in a traumatic brain injury, which is a catastrophic injury. People can also damage their spines, spinal cords and nerves when falling. Broken bones and connective tissue injuries are also common. In some cases, a slip-and-fall can impact a person for the rest of his or her life.

The more serious the injury from a slip-and-fall accident, the more expensive the medical care will likely be. In some cases, the person who falls cannot work for a long time. Sometimes, a slip-and-fall accident can result in permanent disability. Head and spinal injuries, as well as serious broken bones and compound fractures, can reduce mobility and the ability of someone to work. .

An attorney will look out for you after a slip-and-fall

If you experienced a slip-and-fall injury at a business, in a parking lot or on a sidewalk, an attorney may be able to help. Your attorney can review any settlement offers, which can help ensure you receive fair compensation. Your lawyer can also file a civil suit to recover your lost wages and medical bills if necessary.

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