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Slip-and-fall accidents: Broken bones and brain injuries possible

Although spring is near, winter is not quite over in Maryland. With more weeks of winter weather still possible, there is continued risk for slip-and-fall accidents because of ice. According to some experts, injuries from falls on ice can be as bad as injuries from car accidents. As with car accidents, fall accidents can result in disabling injuries such as broken bones or brain injuries.

According to reports, falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries across the United States. Anyone with a loved one who has suffered a brain injury can attest to the life change it often brings. Because the brain affects all functions of life, people with brain injuries often require significant medical treatment and therapy; some require a lifetime of care. Any unfortunate victim or families caring for victims may also feel a significant financial burden with the costs of necessary care and loss of income for any period a victim is not able to work. Sadly, elderly victims often do not recover to return to their home; many require around-the-clock care in nursing home facilities or assisting living following injuries from a fall.

Common places that people often experience falls are steps, sidewalks, driveways and parking lots. Apparently, parking lots commonly develop black ice, making it difficult for many to observe the risk at hand. To help prevent falls, it is recommended that any walkways be properly cleared, to offer assistance to elderly persons who cannot clear paths and to wear proper shoes with good traction.

Maryland victims of slip-and-fall accidents combined with injuries such as broken bones may be curious to understand their options when a fall occurs on someone else's property. Maryland personal injury attorneys can review a case and determine if a civil lawsuit is an option. If a property owner was aware of a dangerous walkway, had time to clear the danger or refused to ensure the safety of others, the property owner could be held liable in civil court for any related costs of injuries.

Source: ksl.com, "Slipping on ice could hurt as bad as a car accident, BYU professor says", Sam Penrod, Feb. 21, 2018

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