Did You Slip and Fall Right Out of a Nursery Rhyme?
“Jack and Jill went up the hill…” Just about everyone can recite the consequences of the quest for a pail of water. Interestingly enough, the fact that Jack broke his crown reportedly has several meanings. That said, your own slip and fall accident may bear some strange resemblance to a familiar nursery rhyme.
Did you hit your head when you fell down and sustain a traumatic brain injury? That’s not necessarily the case in the nursery rhyme. Some say that Jack’s crown represents a metaphor for something entirely different. However, there’s always the possibility that Jack actually fractured his skull. While there may be no comparison, depending on how you land when you fall, the same could happen to you.
For the time being, one medical journal article actually considered injuries in an assortment of childhood tales. Hopefully, if you need to “get put together again” after you fall, you know not to reach out for the king’s men. You’ll want to ensure that you have emergency responders providing you with a quick hospital escort.
- In the meantime, it’s debatable whether you could make a negligence claim if you fall after you sit on a wall. However, it appears that with Humpty Dumpty, the king’s men used saddlebags to secure his spine because he hurt his neck.
Slip and Fall Injuries
All tongue in cheek aside, you don’t need to turn to nursery rhymes to understand how dangerous it is to slip and fall. For sure, you can suffer many types of serious harm. In fact, there’s even the potential for aggravating a preexisting injury.
Can you make a premises liability claim against someone if you’ve already recovered damages for an old injury? The short answer is that it depends. For starters, you’ll need to prove that the property owner was negligent. Next, the onus is on you to show you’ve suffered additional harm. Both situations suggest the need for an experienced personal injury attorney on your side.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fall down accidents represent a particular concern for those over 65. In those cases, one out of five falls results in broken bones or a head injury. In fact, more than 95% of hip fractures are related to falls of some kind. Meanwhile, some other reported injuries for the general population include:
- Sprained ankles or wrists
- Shoulder dislocation, fracture, or muscle strains
- Knee injuries, including tears and dislocation
- Herniated discs, and other spinal injuries
Truth be told, tripping and falling causes problems as well. You can only hope for a best-case scenario, where you’re able to walk away with just a couple of scrapes and bruises.
We Can Help
When it comes to proving liability and securing damages for your slip and fall accident, you need the assistance of an experienced slip and fall accident attorney. At the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone, we put the needs of our clients first. Give us a call at 201-829-3829 to see how we can help you.