A “slip and fall” is a personal injury that usually occurs because of the negligence of another person or business. In 2004, more than 8 million people were injured, according to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Some slip and fall accidents are minor, only resulting in cuts, scrapes or occasional broken bones. For example, if a business fails to put salt or sand down on the front steps on an icy day in January and you sustain a broken arm after falling, the business may be held liable for your injuries.
However, some slip and fall injuries can be gravely serious, such as falls from dramatic heights or falls that involve secondary injuries when victims are impaled on objects. In more serious cases, victims may have recurring health problems as a result of their injuries. Over time, these nagging (and often debilitating) injuries can impair quality of life. Constantly having to return for doctor exams, procedures/surgeries and treatments can not only take valuable time away from your home and work commitments, but it can also take a toll on your emotional wellbeing.
Particularly for people who have sustained long-term injuries like spinal cord or brain injuries, life is often never the same. Research suggests that losing the ability to be independent in early to middle life can even cause early onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia as well as shorten the expectancy of life, according to a recent Mayo Clinic study.
Personal Injury Settlements Account for Loss of Quality of Life
Some people may wonder why or how lawyers in West Virginia are able to obtain such high recovery amounts for clients who have been in personal injury accidents. Most likely, it’s because the victims have suffered life-altering injuries that will irreparably make their lives more difficult. Negligent companies have a responsibility to make life comfortable for people they injure, and although it’s not a cure for any condition, a sizeable settlement can help make life more bearable.