Every day in Bridgeton, Missouri is a mini adventure, especially with active families. Basketball practice, school events, and large, family gatherings are inked in your schedule months beforehand. At times, it seems like going to work is a break from your second shift that starts at 5pm and never ends.
On a busy work day at the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, time moves quickly. By the time it is time to stamp your time clock at 5 pm, you are shocked that the day went by so fast. Yet when you feel your foot slip in front of you and start to see the ceiling of the airport terminal, time suddenly moves glacially.
In the turn of events, you don’t think of your life; you don’t see your hardworking spouse, loving children, or beautiful home in Bridgeton. Instead, you find yourself wondering: was there a sign about the wet floor? How did I not see the puddle of water? When did it start raining today? How hard am I going to land?
You, like many other people today, did not see the wet floor near the doorways of the airport. Unlike the fortunate passersby that caught themselves on their suitcases and wavering arms, you fall to the ground and black out. When you wake, co-workers and innocent vacationers are looking down at you as you see stars twirl around your eyes.
Unfortunately, this type of scenario is common; slip and falls injure over 25,000 Americans every day. Finney Law Office, LLC has been working with slip and fall victims for over 30 years; when you are down on your luck and don’t know who to lean on, contact the slip and fall attorneys at our St. Louis office. We will help you get back on your feet after a slip and fall accident and secure you the compensation you need to fully heal.
Actions Leading up to a Slip and Fall
If you are injured on someone else’s property, the owner’s are held responsible to keep it reasonably safe and secure for passersby. There is a legal obligation for the property owner to take reasonable measures to eliminate dangerous conditions on their property. If not, they will be liable for the injury and havoc they have wreaked.
As you are lying on your couch with your broken foot elevated and headache pulsating, you’ll have time to look back and wonder what really happened before you fell.
Floors and flooring materials—just like the wet rug in the airport—cause more than 2 million slip and fall injuries each year, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
In the case of the airport slip and fall, workers were aware of the slippery rugs but decided to let it slide. In fact, the rugs haven’t been working properly for weeks; they have been constantly sliding and not properly soaking up the rain, slush, and dirt that vacationers and workers were bringing in. It was on someone’s mind to order new, safer mats, but it was never put into actions or words.
The airport—or any property that lets this situation slide—would be held liable for the injuries caused as a result of the slippery floors. With no “wet floor” signs posted and no warning, you were left vulnerable to falling and injuring yourself.
If you’ve been injured due to the negligence or intentional acts of another property owner—whether it is a home, grocery store, restaurant, gym, or somewhere else—the premises owner should be held liable. By filing a slip and fall claim, you can secure the compensation you need to recover from such an accident and prevent this hurt from happening to another Bridgeton or St. Louis resident.
Reach out to an experienced St. Louis attorney to start talking about your slip and fall accident.
Slip and Fall Recovery Time
Slip and falls account for over one million emergency room visits each year. They are the leading cause of brain injuries and are typically coupled by neck and back injuries, broken bones, and bruises.
A slip and fall can swipe you off your feet physically, emotionally, and financially. Healing after a slip and fall can be lengthy and complex (especially if head injuries are involved). Recovery will take you away from your normal every day routine. Driving your children to basketball practice, picking up your child (or their dirty laundry on the ground), and meeting for large family gatherings can seem like an agonizing obligation. Your family will struggle as you try to heal, too, and will quickly find that they have underestimated all that you do in a day.
It is common for slip and fall victims to be away from work for weeks, and most times they are unpaid. Time away from work—especially for a long period of time—can lead to financial uncertainty, especially when your medical bills start coming in the mail.
Recovering can take time; focusing on yourself isn’t an easy thing to do when you are responsible for taking care of your family or loved ones.
Finney Law Office, LLC attorneys recognize how hard a slip and fall recovery may be on yourself and your loved ones; by working with an experienced, compassionate slip and fall attorney, you can file for the compensation that you and your family deserve.
Compensation for a slip and fall may include:
- Medical expenses, including continual expenses
- Lost salary from time away from work
- Monetary benefits for pain and suffering due to the accident
In Bridgeton and anywhere in Missouri, you can file a slip and fall claim within five years of your accident. However, you can start receiving benefits earlier if you talk with an experienced attorney and understand the legal process.
Reach Out to a Slip and Fall Attorney
After a slip and fall accident, your life will never be the same. You’ll be more cautious with your surroundings, family, and finances. You’ll always remember the day that may have changed your life; maybe you even have a scar that reminds you of the accident every day.
When you reach out to a slip and fall attorney at Finney Law Office, LLC, you are reaching out to a professional that is compassionate, caring, and dedicated to making your life easier after a sudden accident. By investigating the case, handling all the small tasks, and providing you with your best legal advice and options, we hope to ease your mind after a slip and fall accident.
We want you to return to the joyful life you had in Bridgeton, Missouri with your basketball practices, school events, family gatherings and busy-yet-satisfying days at work. Contact Finney Law Office, LLC today to discuss your slip and fall accident.