Hip Injuries in Slip and Fall Accidents
When people fall due to a slippery substance on the ground or floor, they often land directly on one side of their hip. It is not surprising, then, that hip injuries are among the most common types of harm caused by slip and fall accidents. In many instances, people who suffer hip injuries in slip and fall accidents can recover damages from the party that owns the property where they fell. If you sustained harm due to a fall, the knowledgeable Cape Cod slip and fall attorneys of The Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III, can assess your potential claims and aid you in pursuit of the full amount of damages recoverable under the law. Jointly, we have more than one hundred and fifty years of experience helping people hurt in accidents in the pursuit of compensation. Our dedicated representation has enabled us to recoup several multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts for our clients.Hip Injuries in Slip and Fall Accidents
When people lose their footing and fall on one side of their bodies, the force produced by the impact often causes hip injuries. For example, many people who fall suffer hip fractures, which often require surgical repair with the use of hardware followed by extensive physical therapy. Hip injuries in slip and fall accidents can also cause dislocation, where the top of the femur is no longer aligned with the hip socket, which can cause severe pain, difficulty walking, and numbness and tingling in the leg. Strains, tears, and sprains of the ligaments, muscles, and tendons in the hip area are common as well, which can lead to swelling, pain, loss of range of motion, and weakness.Elements of a Premises Liability Case
Slip and fall accidents are usually caused by spilled liquid or icy conditions. A person that suffers a hip injury in a fall on someone else’s property may be able to pursue claims against the property owner via a premises liability lawsuit.
In Massachusetts, a plaintiff’s burden of proof in a case arising out of a slip and fall depends on numerous factors. Generally, property owners have a duty to take reasonable measures to prevent people who legally enter their premises from suffering foreseeable harm, which means that they must maintain their property in a relatively safe condition. A plaintiff that can show a defendant property owner breached this obligation by allowing a dangerous condition to remain on the premises may be able to establish that the property owner acted negligently and must be deemed liable for the plaintiff’s harm.
Generally, to prove that the defendant breached the duty of care, the plaintiff has to demonstrate that the defendant knew or should have known of the condition prior to the fall. Usually, this is done by eyewitness testimony and surveillance footage, and video. In slip and fall accidents that involve businesses, though, if spills or slippery conditions are likely to occur due to the nature of the business, the plaintiff may be able to argue that the condition that caused the fall was reasonably foreseeable due to the defendant’s mode of operation. For example, grocery stores that have produce sections also have debris or fruit on the floor, making it more likely for people to fall and suffer injuries.Speak to a Trusted Attorney on Cape Cod
Slip and fall accidents are one of the most common causes of hip injuries, and in many instances, they are extremely painful and require a lengthy recovery process. If you sustained a hip injury in a fall, you could be owed compensation and should speak to a lawyer. The trusted attorneys of The Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III, take pride in helping injured people fight to protect their interests, and if we represent you, we will work tirelessly on your behalf. Our dedicated advocacy has enabled us to uphold a record of favorable outcomes, including many damages awards that exceed one million dollars. We frequently represent people in premises liability claims on Cape Cod, and we can meet for consultations in Plymouth and Hyannis. You can reach us by using our form online or calling us at 888.262.6664 to set up a meeting. Nós Falamos Português.