Elevated Falls and Personal Injury Claims

Slip and fall cases are one of the backbones of personal injury law. But slip and fall cases indicate something very specific. A slip and fall case is when a person is on a premises, such as a store or business, and he or she slips on liquid left out. If the person is seriously injured, he or she can pursue a lawsuit on the grounds that the company, employee or manager on duty acted negligently by both failing to find the liquid and by failing to remove it before a patron slipped. But there is another type of fall associated with personal injury that is generally much more fatal. That type of fall is called an elevated fall.An elevated fall is when an individual falls from a very high place onto the ground. Persons who are injured may be eligible for compensation if:• The fall happened while a person was working-this is common among construction workers who have to work on roofs or on cranes and have a good chance of slipping and falling a good distance.• A club or course-a rock climbing course or a course on skiing may have casualties from falls. If the instructor acted negligently or the owner of the premises on which the fall happened failed to safe guard the area, they may be sued for wrongful death.• Decks or balconies-deck and balcony collapse is an area of PI law which is separate from falls. But an elevated fall may be a part of a personal injury case or it could become a personal injury case if the there was some sort obstruction that made the victim trip and fall off the balcony. Whether or not the victim was intoxicated at the time of the fall may end up being a large factor in the PI case.Elevated falls tend to end in more serious personal injury cases as these falls much more frequently end in death. If they do not end in death, they will likely end in much more severe injury and thus much more monetary damage in the form of medical bills, missed wages and rehabilitation costs.Anytime someone is working at a high elevation, the possibility for serious injury should be evaluated.