Slip and Fall Safety Tips for Seniors:
Protecting Yourself if Injured in Public Spaces
We’ve all been there – you’re walking along, lost in thought or deep in conversation, and suddenly, your foot slips. It’s a moment that can leave you feeling helpless.
Unfortunately, as we get older, our ability to handle slips diminishes, and even a minor fall can lead to significant injuries. Furthermore, our ability to recover from such incidents isn’t as straightforward as it once was.
The Impact of a Fall
Serious injuries from falls can drastically change a person’s life. These accidents affect not only a person’s ability to care for themselves but also their ability to care for loved ones, such as a spouse, partner, children, or grandchildren.
Slips, trips, and falls can happen in various places where someone else is responsible for the condition of the floor, including:
- Your workplace
- A store at your local shopping centre
- Public areas of a shopping centre
- Events at sports centres, concerts, theatres
- Restaurants, bars and other dining establishments
- Home’s or going up or down a flight of stairs.
Benefits Available to Victims in Victoria
If you experience a slip, trip, or fall in a public place due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation, including:
- Hospital bills and medical expenses
- Compensation for lost wages due to injuries
- Damages for pain, suffering, and lost quality of life
- Assistance with tasks at home that you can no longer perform.
Why You Need the Help of a Personal Injury Lawyer
It’s crucial to involve a specialised personal injury lawyer right after an accident. Why? Because time is of the essence, and evidence can disappear quickly.
An experienced personal injury lawyer can quickly assess the situation, gather necessary evidence, and guide you through a complex legal process. For example, in workplace accidents, there are specific timeframes to follow, and seeking common law compensation can’t begin until one and a half years after the accident.
Overall, slip and fall accident claims within the greater Melbourne area can proceed quickly if a team of expert lawyers are retained early, and the extent of the injuries and their consequences can be ascertained without much delay.
Cost of Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer for a Slip, Trip and Fall Claim
A common and important question is, “How much does it cost to hire a personal injury lawyer?” For Henry Carus + Associates, the answer is NOTHING until we win for you. We operate on a No Win, No Fee basis, therefore, no fees or disbursements are owed to our firm in the unlikely event we are not successful in acting for you.
In the case of your matter being successful, we find that most of your legal costs will be paid for by the losing party.
We believe the focus should be on what the work produces for the injured person. Many times, you can settle a matter quickly for low fees but the real benefit comes to the client in working that little bit more, and in that little bit more, the fees do not change much but the compensation given can go up massively.
So, while a lot of firms advertise a No Win, No Fee arrangement, what really matters is how that firm operates FOR YOU under that arrangement.
Many times, a person injured will be unsure of what to do after a slip and fall accident, and our booklet can be extremely helpful. Download your complimentary copy today at www.hcalawyers.com.au/claims-checklist
Courtesy Henry Carus + Associates