When there’s an obstruction or problem with the surface you’re walking on, it can make you lose your balance and fall. While the fall only takes seconds, the injuries it can cause have the potential to last a lifetime. If you or a loved one slipped and fell, you may be eligible for compensation. The Albuquerque slip and fall lawyers at Buckingham Barrera Law Firm are prepared to fight for your rights no matter what.
Slip and fall injuries are preventable and should not have happened in the first place. While you may wonder if taking legal action is necessary, it’s important to remember that someone else’s careless actions are the reason why you’re injured and incurred losses as a result. Oftentimes, these accidents are a result of a negligent property or business owner. Due to this fact, accidents like this belong under the larger legal umbrella referred to as premises liability. Our team is here to help you show how the property owner’s actions caused your losses and why you deserve compensation.
How Does Negligence Cause Slip and Fall Accidents?
There are a number of ways that slip and fall accidents happen. Usually, it’s because of problems that the property owner doesn’t resolve. The longer the danger remains on the property, the more likely those on the property are to sustain injuries.
- Leaving spills or puddles
- Failing to put down salt on sidewalks and parking lots to take care of ice and snow
- Not fixing cracked sidewalks or potholes
- Leaving debris or other obstacles blocking walkways
- Having uneven or loose flooring
- Having carpets with holes in them or failing to anchor them to the ground
- Unstable railings
- Poor lighting
While a property owner may not be able to solve these matters the same minute they happen, they’re still responsible for taking care of them in a timely fashion. If they have made plans to get the hazard fixed but cannot do anything in the meantime, they should warn others or block off the hazard, so no one goes near it.
If one of these items on the list above caused your accident, you should get in touch with one of our Albuquerque attorneys immediately. It’s also possible for another reason to have caused your slip and fall—our firm can review your case and tell you if there are grounds for a claim.
When our lawyers are representing you, we’ll conduct a thorough investigation of the accident and what happened. We’ll gather evidence from the scene of the accident, review eyewitness accounts, look over copies of your medical records, and anything else that will give us a clear idea of how the accident happened and who was at fault.
The severity of your slip and fall injuries can vary. Let’s look into what kinds of injuries can occur and how they may affect your life.
Slip and Fall Injuries
After a slip and fall accident, you may have one or more of the following injuries:
- Head and Brain Injuries
- Broken Bones and Fractures
- Sprains and Strains
- Cuts and Bruises
- Spinal Cord Injuries
If you slip and fall, you may hit your head. You may suffer a traumatic brain injury, which can cause symptoms such as confusion, difficulty with concentrating and remembering, and other brain function issues. A TBI will need immediate medical attention.
When people slip and fall, they may try to catch themselves with their arm or brace for impact. These are natural responses, but unfortunately cause injuries. Using an arm to catch yourself puts all the stress on the arm, which can result in broken bones or sprains.
If someone is falling down steps or there’s debris around them, they may get cuts or bruises from the surrounding objects. Deep cuts can easily become infected if they aren’t cleaned and dressed properly.
When walking on slippery surfaces that haven’t been salted, like an icy sidewalk in the winter, a fall can occur where one’s legs slide out from under them, which means they fall flat on their back. A slip and fall like this can cause back injuries and may also affect the spinal cord. Falls from heights can damage the spinal cord as well. If the damage is severe, paralysis is possible.
Some of these injuries are considered catastrophic. They are long-lasting and prevent someone from returning to work. Adjusting to your new normal can be difficult, as well as affording the care you need when you’re no longer working. Those that also provide for families can experience significant financial stress.
Our lawyers will make your claim as strong as possible so your settlement will help you recover without worrying about paying for groceries or other bills.
What Can Your Slip and Fall Claim Recover?
Your compensation will comprise of economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages include hospital bills, other medical expenses, cost of future care, and lost wages. These can be easily calculated. However, you may also have suffered from noneconomic damages, like pain and suffering. If the injuries have permanent effects, you may not be able to participate in hobbies or sports you like anymore, which can take a considerable emotional toll on a person. These damages cannot and will not be ignored. When our slip and fall attorneys assess your damages, they will carefully consider your noneconomic damages before concluding what your compensation amount should be.
It’s important to have a lawyer on your side because New Mexico is a comparative fault state. This means that if the injured party is found to be partially at fault for their accident, they cannot recover full compensation. Let’s say a property manager was found to be 80% at fault for your accident and you accounted for the remaining 20%. You’ll only be able to get 80% of the compensation amount. Your attorney will do everything to show you weren’t at fault for the accident and deserve full compensation.
Buckingham Barrera Law Firm Can Represent You
The citizens of New Mexico deserve to have people they can turn to when they’ve been wrongfully injured. Our law firm has experienced, compassionate lawyers who understand you’re going through a difficult time. We can help you through the legal process and explain what’s happening every step of the way. We’re always ready to answer questions and address concerns.
To get started on your case, call our office today. We’ll meet in an obligation-free consultation and discuss your options. You’ll be taking the first step toward recovery.