Slips and falls are among the most common causes of injury in the United States and even worldwide. This type of accident can happen anywhere at any time but is often the result of someone else’s negligence. While some may only suffer minor injuries, others can sustain severe injuries, such as facial trauma after a slip and fall accident.
According to the National Safety Council, 39,443 died in 2019 due to falls. Though these incidents are primarily documented as occurring in the home or the workplace, they can also happen while out in public at a grocery store or a stadium, for example.
If you or a loved one sustain an injury from a slip and fall incident, the personal injury experts at Poynter & Bucheri Accident Recovery can help. We have helped numerous clients with their personal injury claims relating to a slip and fall accident. Determining liability in these types of cases can get tricky, but we know what it takes to identify all negligent parties and hold them accountable to win your case.
The face is a vulnerable part of the body that can easily become injured in a slip and fall accident. Facial trauma occurs when any damage or injury is sustained around the face, including the jaw, cheeks, nose, eye sockets, and forehead. This type of injury is also known as a maxillofacial injury in the medical community.
There are a few different ways facial trauma can occur in a slip and fall case; some of these include:
- Falling and hitting your face on the ground
- Falling and hitting your face against an object
- Falling and hitting your face against a door or wall
Generally, it is considered a premises liability case when you slip and fall on someone else’s property. Whether residential, public, commercial, or private, property owners have a duty to provide a safe and healthy environment for their guests and visitors. If they breach their duty by failing to address a known safety hazard, they could be held liable for the accident and any injuries sustained as a result.
Safety hazards that can cause a slip and fall accident to occur include:
- Uneven or cracked flooring, sidewalks, or pavement
- Snow and ice
- Unsecured rugs or carpeting
- Slippery floors from spilled liquids, oils, or melted snow or ice
- Recently waxed or mopped floors
- Poor lighting
- Lack of handrails or safety rails
- Unsecured or loose wires
- Cluttered floors
- Unsafe stairwells
The exact type of facial trauma and injury one sustains after a fall will vary depending on the individual circumstances. Generally speaking, the farther you fall, and the harder you hit something, the more severe the injury will be. Individuals who fall and hit their face against the ground, a door, a wall, or against some other object can sustain various injuries, including:
- Cuts and scrapes
- Facial fractures
- Puncture wounds
- Deep lacerations
- Eye injuries
- A broken nose
- Jaw injuries
- Mouth injuries
- Facial scarring and disfigurement
Suffering from a facial injury is not only physically painful but can be emotionally traumatizing as well. It is crucial in these situations to work with an attorney to ensure you are adequately compensated for your pain and suffering by all negligent parties. An attorney can work with you to provide evidence and other information necessary to prove fault and hold the property owner responsible.
The compensation you receive in a personal injury case after a slip and fall can help cover damages, such as medical expenses, loss of wages while you recover, physical pain and suffering, emotional distress, and more. For most victims, getting this compensation is necessary to help them recover and move on from the incident without suffering any financial burdens. Unfortunately, getting a high and adequate settlement amount is often not likely unless you work with an attorney who can fight against insurance companies and advocate for your rights.
At Poynter and Bucheri, we understand how physically, emotionally, and financially difficult a traumatic facial injury can be. If you are the victim of a slip and fall accident, our experienced team can offer you guidance and work with you to ensure you receive the full amount of compensation you deserve.
Don’t hesitate — one of our experienced attorneys can assist you right away. Call 1-800-265-9881 for a free case review.