Protruding objects present a huge problem for unsuspecting pedestrians, patrons and clients. If property isn’t properly maintained, and objects are protruding, people can get seriously hurt or worse. We all expect for properties that we visit to have reasonably clean and clear walkways. Nobody expects for out-of-place protruding objects to be in the path of pedestrians and patrons. Depending upon the severity of your incident, a trip and fall involving a protruding object can leave you in the hospital and out of a job for who knows how long. If you have been injured after tripping and falling over a protruding object, you need to contact a personal injury attorney about your case as soon as possible. You could be facing extensive medical bills and a lengthy recovery.
Property owners owe a reasonable duty of care to patrons, visitors, clients and pedestrians. At the minimum, walkways, paths, aisle ways and other areas of foot traffic need to be properly maintained for safe passage. This means that walkways should never have protruding objects that could catch a foot of an unsuspecting walker. This applies to sidewalks, walkways, boardwalks, walking paths and any other area that involves foot traffic. We count on property owners to safely maintain their walkway areas. Nobody should have to be constantly on the lookout for protruding objects. The areas we walk through should be free and clear of any protruding objects that could potentially trip and injure us.
- Tree roots
- Broken tiles
- Broken floor lights
- Decorations at foot level
- Construction or renovation debris
- Untrimmed hedges
- Unkempt stones or bricks on walkways
- Poorly designed merchandise displays
- Any inconspicuous out-of-place object
Workplace Protruding Object Trip and Falls
Sometimes, trip and fall accidents can happen at work. If you tripped or fell over a protruding object at work, you could be laid up for weeks, months or longer. Your employer owes his or her workers a reasonable duty of care, and you have the right to work in a safe environment. If you tripped and fell over a protruding object on the jobsite or in the workplace, you need to speak with a personal injury lawyer who has premises liability and workplace accident case experience as soon as possible. Your case could be more complicated, due to that it happened on the job. Ensuring your rights are looked after and that you get the best possible outcome in your case will be your lawyer’s top priorities. It’s important to have an advocate on your side as you focus on healing and getting better after an accident like this.
- Neck and spinal cord injuries
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
Costs Associated With Protruding Objects
While issues and accidents involving protruding objects may not sound very ominous, the injuries and subsequent bills associated with the fall can be astronomical. The initial hospital bill is usually the very first expense associated with the accident, but unfortunately, it’s also typically just the tip of the iceberg. You could have additional surgeries, rehabilitation, physical therapy, medical supplies, prescriptions and a variety or other medical expenses. During this time, you’re most likely out of work, so your family could be having a hard time making ends meet. In some cases, another family member might have to quit working to provide home care or to be able to make time to take you to important medical appointments.
After any kind of injury accident from a trip and fall involving a protruding object, you need to get with an experienced and proven personal injury attorney as soon as possible about your case. Your lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve to pay medical bills, cover lost wages and help to put your life back together after an injury. Property owners, employers and other business owners have a duty to keep their walkthrough areas free and clear of debris and protruding objects. When protruding objects are left in the path of unsuspecting pedestrians, patrons and guests, preventable injuries can happen. These cases are time sensitive, so the sooner you get in touch with a personal injury attorney about your injury accident, the better.
If you have been injured or if a loved one has been injured in a trip and fall accident involving a protruding object, contact the skilled and proven team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for a free case consultation today
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