Las Vegas Slip and Fall Accident Attorney
A slip and fall accident may lead to a serious injury or loss of life. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reports that one out of every five falls results in a serious injury. Over 800,000 patients are hospitalized from a fall injury each year. In fact, falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries in the USA. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a slip and fall on another’s property, a Las Vegas personal injury attorney from Cogburn Law Offices should meet with you to discuss filing legal action. As experienced trial lawyers with an extensive record of success, we driven by our passion for justice and fair play.
Experienced Trial Lawyer for Slip and Fall Injury Cases
We do all we can to make the process easy for our clients; our injury cases are represented on a contingency basis, with no legal fees owing unless we are successful. We do not advise accepting an unfairly low settlement offer if taking a case to court may be more effective and produce a superior outcome.
Traumatic Brain Injury and Slip and Fall Cases
A TBI is caused by a violent blow to the head. These injuries can lead to a wide range of physical and cognitive injuries, including but not limited to:
- Coma: The person is rendered unable to respond to stimulus, and may at some future point become conscious, often facing life ahead with permanent impairments.
- Vegetative State: The person who had a slip and fall injury may be in a vegetative state in which he or she is completely unaware of the surroundings but may move, make sounds, or have a physical response to certain stimuli.
- Brain Death: The brain and brain stem no longer show any measurable activity, considered an irreversible condition.
Slip and Fall Fractures
In many cases, a slip and fall accident results in serious bone fractures, many of which will impact the quality of life of the victim for years or a lifetime. CDC statistics reveal 95% of hip fractures are the result of a fall. Recovery from these injuries can be difficult, often involving several surgeries and a long and painful recovery. Full range of motion may never be fully restored; these factors play an important role in the amount of damages that will be pursued in court or a negotiated settlement.
Back and Spinal Cord Injuries
The back or spine can be seriously damaged in a slip and fall accident. If the spinal cord is compressed in a fall, the nerves can be damaged, leading to paralysis, either quadriplegia or paraplegia. These injuries impact every aspect of life, and the compensation for damages must reflect the long-term effect on the individual in employment, quality of life, and pain and suffering.
Negligence in a Slip and Fall Accident
If a property owner recognized (or should have recognized) and resolved a danger on a walking surface and failed to do so within a reasonable period, the injured party (or close family members) may have the right to pursue monetary damages. The legal concept is that if the property owner, agent, or employee failed to act in a reasonably prudent manner to resolve a hazard, that party may have been guilty of negligence.
Slip and Fall Accident Cases in Las Vegas
There are countless potential issues that could lead to a slip and fall. Some of the most common hazards include:
- Insufficient lighting
- Spills, oil, or other liquids present on walking surfaces
- Uneven walkways, pathways, sidewalks
- Unsafe or broken handrails
- Items left on walking surfaces
- Slippery walking surfaces
- Broken stairs, worn carpet, uneven tile or flooring
- Failure to warn of a hazardous condition
Permanent Impairments from a Slip and Fall Accident
A slip and fall accident may leave an innocent person with a long, painful recovery and permanent impairments. A brain injury or shattered bone will affect every aspect of life, from the personal to the ability to earn a living. In determining the value of a slip and fall injury case, the following points must be reviewed:
- The costs of medical care, current and future
- Costs of skilled nursing care
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Rehabilitation costs
- Loss of quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Other damages – based upon the facts
Your Future and Cogburn Law Offices
When we represent an injured person or the family in a slip and fall case, our goal is to recover full and fair compensation for all damages. As experienced trial lawyers, we may advise proceeding to court to pursue compensation. We take our responsibility to our clients seriously. Our duty is to serve with professionalism, kindness, and compassion at every step of the legal process, and beyond.
Contact a Las Vegas Slip and Fall Accident Attorney for Help
If you or a family member was seriously injured in a slip and fall accident, call the Las Vegas accident lawyers at Cogburn Law Offices today for a free case consultation.