Slip and Fall Attorney
Slip and fall accidents can occur anytime, anywhere. Very often, they are avoidable if landlords, private property owners, and retail establishments ensure that their grounds are safe for travel. Even city and municipal governments have a responsibility to make sure that pedestrians, employees, and visitors do not encounter hazardous conditions and suffer injuries as a result. When slip and fall accidents happen, the individual may be fine or they may suffer a catastrophic or fatal injury. For example, hitting one’s head may result in a serious or fatal brain injury. Another possible injury that may result from a slip and fall accident is of a dental nature. A child who chips a baby tooth may not be as affected as an adult who slips and falls and loses a permanent tooth. Regardless of the nature of the injury, if it is a serious one, the person may be entitled to compensation from the negligent property owner, whomever they may be.
Common Dental Injuries Resulting from a Slip and Fall Accident
When a person slips and falls, they may land on their back or on the front part of their body. Even if their face does not come into direct contact with the ground, the sheer trauma from the impact of hitting the ground (or a hard object) unexpectedly can jar the person’s head and teeth. When they make frontal contact with the ground or another hard surface, they may hit their jaw, lips, mouth, or teeth. The types of injuries that may result vary in severity and description, but some are more common than others. Here are several types of dental injuries that someone may sustain in a slip and fall accident:
- Fractured or broken tooth. The jagged edge of the injured tooth may also result in cutting or “splitting” a lip.
- Fractured or broken jaw.
- Severed tongue.
- Punctured gums.
- Damage to braces.
Determining Liability after a Slip and Fall Accident
Before the victim is eligible to receive compensation for their damages, they and their lawyer, like one at Barry P. Goldberg, A Professional Law Corporation, must prove who was liable for the slip and fall accident. If the person was walking alone on a dark night and slipped on an unlit city sidewalk because there was a large crack in the concrete and there were no witnesses, they will have a difficult time proving that the city is liable for their damages. However, if there was a traffic intersection video camera that happened to film the accident and there was a full moon by which to see the victim clearly, then that might help their case significantly. An experienced slip and fall accident lawyer will have the knowledge and resources necessary to build as strong a case as possible. Without their help, the victim is less likely to receive compensation because even government agencies do not want to pay out claims.
Contact a Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer
Most slip and fall accident lawyers offer a free consultation. After the initial case review, the victim can learn if they may be eligible to receive a settlement from the at-fault property owner. If you suffered one or more serious injuries in a slip and fall accident, contact a lawyer without delay.