Soft Tissue Injuries in Slip and Fall Accidents
People involved in slip and fall accidents are often able to get up and walk away with the belief that they are not injured. It is not uncommon, though, for a person to suffer soft tissue injuries in a fall, and often such harm can take hours or days to become evident. Soft tissue injuries in slip and fall accidents can be debilitating and costly to treat, but in many instances, people who are hurt on another party’s property can recover damages for their harm. If you were hurt in a fall, the dedicated Cape Cod slip and fall attorneys of The Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III, can help you to pursue the best possible result under the facts surrounding your accident. Collectively, we have in excess of fifteen decades of experience advocating on behalf of people injured in accidents, and our skillful representation has allowed us to recover numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for our the parties we represent.Examples of Soft Tissue Injuries in Slip and Fall Accidents
Soft tissue injuries in slip and fall accidents are injuries involving the ligaments, tendons, and muscles of the body. The most common soft tissue injuries are sprains, strains, and tears. Contusions, tendonitis, and bursitis are examples of soft tissue injuries as well. Generally, the symptoms of soft-tissue injuries include pain, especially with movement, numbness, tingling, and reduced range of motion. Treatment usually includes physical therapy, the use of braces, and corticosteroid injections. In some instances, conservative treatment measures fail, and surgery becomes necessary.Recovering Damages from a Negligent Property Owner
The majority of slip and fall accidents occur because of a slippery substance on the floor of a business or on the ground. For example, snow or ice in an improperly cleared parking lot, a spilled drink on the floor of a restaurant, or produce on the floor of a grocery store are likely to cause someone to slip and fall. In many instances, a person in a slip and fall accident will file a premises liability lawsuit seeking damages from the owner of the property where the fall occurred.
Property owners have an obligation to keep their premises in a relatively safe condition, and if they fail to do so, they can be held accountable for any injuries sustained due to their negligence. Generally, there are two methods of proving a property owner breached the duty to prevent people on their property from suffering injuries in slip and fall accidents. Under the first method, the plaintiff must establish that a dangerous condition led to the fall and that the property owner either created the condition, was aware of the condition, or should have been aware of it due to the length of time it was present. Proving actual or constructive awareness can be difficult and usually requires eyewitness testimony, surveillance footage and videos, and other circumstantial evidence.
Under the second method, the plaintiff does not have to establish actual or constructive knowledge of the condition that led to the fall or that the defendant took part in creating the condition. Instead, a plaintiff can establish liability by that it was reasonably foreseeable that such conditions would arise due to the mode of operation of the defendant’s business. For example, in a restaurant with self-service beverages, it is likely that spills will occur, presenting a risk of slip and fall accidents.Meet with an Attorney on Cape Cod
Soft tissue injuries sustained in slip and fall accidents can cause lingering pain and reduced quality of life, and negligent property owners that cause innocent visitors to suffer harm should be held responsible. If you suffered injuries in a slip and fall accident, you have the right to seek damages, and it is in your best interest to meet with a lawyer. The attorneys of The Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III, possess the skills and resources needed to help you seek a favorable result, and we will work diligently on your behalf. Our knowledgeable representation has allowed us to maintain a record of successful outcomes, including many damages awards in excess of one million dollars. We often represent people in premises liability claims on Cape Cod, and we are available for meetings in Plymouth and Hyannis. You can contact us via our online form or by calling us at 888.262.6664 to schedule a conference. Nós Falamos Português.