The slip and fall has always been a mainstay of physical comedy in movies, television, and theater. Comedic stunts like the old “banana peel” gag still find their way into modern culture and still elicit laughs. Bluntly put, falling is funny. Unless, of course, it happens to you.

If you’ve ever tripped and taken a hard fall, you were undoubtedly very surprised at just how much force (and pain) can be generated by such a seemingly harmless event. The truth is that life is not like the movies — any slip and fall can lead to serious injury, including neck and spine injuries, broken hips and other bones, and even head injuries.

But it’s not just Hollywood pratfalls that have obscured our perception of the seriousness of slip and fall injuries. Insurance companies have a hand in it as well.

Medical costs have skyrocketed over the past few decades so, understandably, insurance companies are compelled to not only fight slip and fall cases very aggressively, but also lobby for legislation that focuses attention and scrutiny on the injured party. Insurance companies know that by stigmatizing slip and fall lawsuits as being suspect or frivolous, those who suffer injury as a result of their insured’s negligence will be less likely to pursue litigation, fearing judgment from family, friends, and society at large.

The reality is that most victims of a slip and fall injury simply want to return to the lives they had before they were hurt. They are not looking to scam the system or seek financial gain. Their worlds have been turned upside down, and more often than not they are simply trying to get back on their feet, both literally and figuratively. Even if a slip and fall victim recovers quickly, those aforementioned high medical costs translate into high medical bills for the treatment of even a minor injury. This can be financially crippling for anyone with inadequate insurance or little savings.

If you’ve suffered a slip and fall injury that you think may be the result of negligence on the part of a premise owner, property management company, or other party, it’s important to speak to an attorney who specializes in slip and fall cases right away. He or she will evaluate your case and advise you on the best path forward. Remember, a competent personal injury attorney will have his or her own time, resources, and reputation invested in whatever case he or she takes on, and will therefore do everything in his or her power to avoid taking on a frivolous lawsuit. Let a lawyer make that call. Otherwise, even well-meaning friends and family may sway you from pursuing the compensation you deserve.

It is also very important to note that slip and fall litigation plays a very important role in public safety. In many cases, safety concerns on business premises would never be addressed if it were not for slip and fall lawsuits. Legal standards set by premise liability cases help guide conscientious business owners in making sure the property to which they’ve invited their customers and guests is the safest it can be.

Slip and fall litigation is no laughing matter. If you are involved in a slip and fall accident and are concerned about the stigma of pursuing litigation, please give our law offices a call right away. We can evaluate your case and advise you on how to put your best foot forward. Don’t let your happiness, health, and finances suffer because of someone else’s negligence.