People go onto other people’s property in Albany, New York for many different reasons. They may go to friends or family member’s homes, to various stores, to work, to medical appointments, meetings with various professionals and go many other places. People are usually focused on their reason for being at these various locations. They expect that the property will be safe and that they will be able to conduct their business and leave safely.
This does not always occur though. People do not have any control over the condition of the property they are at when they are visiting. They need to rely on the property owner to keep the property in good repair and prevent dangerous conditions from developing or if they dangerous conditions are created, they need to protect the visitors from them. Property owners do not always do this though and accidents do occur. People can suffer various types of injuries in these slip-and-fall accidents as well.
People may think that falling will not cause major injuries, but people can suffer significant injuries that have a major effect on their lives. In fact about one out of every five people involved in a fall suffer serious injuries. They may suffer broken bones such as arms, wrists, hips and other bones. Fractured hips are most commonly caused by falls and they can dramatically reduce people’s mobility. Falls are also the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries, which can affect people both mentally and physically leading to complete shifts in lifestyle.
These injuries can be costly both physically and financially as well. In 2015 falls resulted in approximately $50 billion in medical costs for the victims. The medical bills can add up very quickly if people suffer severe injuries and people may not be able to work while they recover either. This means they will not have income to pay for these increasing medical bills creating a very difficult financial situation. There are many different ways people fall, but many will fall due to the negligent maintenance of other’s property.
There are many people in Albany who are involved in slip-and-fall type accidents every year. Some of the victims will suffer significant injuries that can be very costly. The victims may be entitled to compensation for their injuries though, if the property owner is responsible for causing the accident. While this compensation will not heal the injuries, it can still be very valuable as people deal with the financial hardships that can result from the injuries. It is important that the victims are properly compensated and consulting with experienced attorneys could be beneficial.