Q: I lease a Walkabout Properties home. No stair rails installed on deck. Lost balance on stairs and fell. May I sue them?
This event happened Fri., June 4, 2021, at 5 p.m. I suffered a concussion with a large subdural hematoma. No fractures, but the fall injured my back, sacral area, neck and shoulders. A level 3, or mid to severe concussion, can take time months to heal. I have a continual headache, including stabbing pains to my head-injury location that wake me from sleep. My neck aches and becomes so stiff, it's difficult to turn my head. My vision, hearing and short-term memory skills were and are affecting my ability to concentrate. I am not employed but volunteer twice a week for two 4-hour shifts at WOW. I find it difficult to fulfill my shifts the last three weeks. I consider my community service rather valuable. I learn about our animals, birds and fishes (much of it on my own initiative) and talk with and answer questions from hundreds of people and children. My PCP advised me to take three weeks off. I did, yet my balance is much poorer than it had been and I'm afraid of another fall.
A: I'm sorry for your accident and the injuries you suffered. This is really something that a Missouri attorney should advise on, but your post remains open for four weeks. If you reached out to attorneys in the Springfield area, most would probably offer free initial consults on such matters. You could search online, or you could use the tab above (Find-a-Lawyer). At the very least, you could discuss your matter in greater detail and learn what steps you might need to take to preserve your legal rights. Good luck for a healthy recovery from your injuries.
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