Slip and Fall Injury Lawyers That Hold Negligent Property Owners Responsible
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If you are injured in a slip and fall accident, the negligent property owner may be held financially liable for your injury. They could be responsible for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and lost income.
The negligent party in a slip and fall claim can be a private homeowner or a commercial property owner of a commercial establishment, like the grocery store.
From broken bones to a traumatic brain injury, here are some types of property owner negligence that can cause serious injuries in a slip and fall accident:
- Slippery or uneven pavement, sidewalks, stairs, or other walking surfaces
- Slippery floors
- Overly steep entryways or driveways
- Poor lighting conditions
- Poorly built or maintained objects
- Blocked aisles
In slip and fall injury cases, time is a significant factor. You need to react quickly, or the accident scene may change. Evidence is crucial to all personal injury cases.
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What To Do After A Slip and Fall Accident
Our experienced personal injury lawyers suggest that you should take the following steps as you embark on your case:
- Get Medical Treatment. The first thing you need to do after a slip and fall accident is to receive medical care. A slip and fall can result in head and brain injuries, soft tissue injuries, spinal cord injuries, and internal injuries that may not be immediately apparent. Make sure you are diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. Your medical records will also be crucial to your personal injury claim.
- Report Your Accident. Report your accident to the right person. That could be a store manager, landlord, property manager, or security guard. Submit the report in writing and ask for a copy of it.
- Gather Evidence. Your personal injury attorney will need all available evidence to build your case. Take pictures of the accident scene and unsafe conditions. Keep your accident report and proof of your medical bills in a safe place. If you have it, write down the witness’ contact information.
- Don’t Talk with the Insurance Company. You are not required to give a recorded statement to an insurance company that contacts you. They will try to use your words against you to avoid giving you a fair settlement. Never sign a release until experienced lawyers can review the settlement offer you have received.
- Stay Away From Social Media. Don’t discuss your case on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media platforms. The only people you should discuss your case with is your legal team. Something as harmless as a photo of you at a BBQ or enjoying time with your kids after an accident could undermine your premises liability claim.
- Contact The Brown Firm. A premises liability lawyer from our law firm will take immediate steps to preserve evidence, deal with the insurance companies, and seek maximum compensation. The sooner an attorney can get started on your case, the better.
Where Do Most Common Slip and Fall Injuries Occur?
Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere at any time. Hazardous conditions can exist at shopping malls, amusement parks, office buildings, parking lots, grocery store aisles, or hospitals.
Here are just a few places slip and fall accidents can occur:
- Homes and businesses
- Inside and outside
- Elevators and escalators
- Walkways, sidewalks, and parking lots
- During bad weather like rain, sleet, or snow
If safe conditions do not exist, a slip and fall accident can occur.
When a dangerous condition makes it ripe for a slip and fall incident, a range of serious injuries can occur, like:
- Sprained ligaments
- Strained muscles or tendons
- Broken bones
- Head and brain injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Bulging discs and pinched nerves
- Loss of life
Understanding Liability After a Slip and Fall Accident
Property owners may be held responsible when someone slips and falls on a damp floor, defective stairs, or an uneven patch of floor.
Property owners have what’s called a “duty of care.” This means they must maintain a reasonable standard of care that minimizes the risk of harm to anyone with a right to be there.
For example, if a floor is wet, they should put out a warning sign and a carpet.
Slip and fall cases are based on the ideology of negligence:
- Whether or not the property owner acted carefully in preventing a slip and fall on their grounds.
- Whether the victim acted recklessly in not seeing or avoiding the thing they slipped on.
In particular circumstances, a property owner would not be held liable for an injured victim. Like when an individual’s carelessness causes the accident and injuries.
A property owner’s “duty of care” also doesn’t apply when injuries are sustained by someone not expected to be in the place where the accident occurs. For instance, someone robbing your house cannot sue you if they slip and fall on your kid’s toys.
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Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
When a property owner fails to exercise prudent care and is negligent regarding the ownership of their property, they can be held responsible if any accident injuries occur.
Some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents include:
- Uneven steps
- Uneven floors
- Weather conditions
- Spills on floors
- Inadequate lighting
- Unnecessary clutter
The Importance of Documenting your Slip and Fall Accident Injury
In slip and fall accident cases, properly recording and reporting all evidence about your accident is essential to getting fair financial compensation. Time can hurt personal injury claims if people don’t respond quickly enough. Witnesses may disappear, or the scene of the accident may change.
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, take these steps to ensure your case is properly documented:
- Report the Accident: Immediately report your accident to the property owner or manager. Many establishments provide their paperwork after an accident occurs. It’s okay to use the supplies they give you, but be sure to obtain a copy of the paperwork before leaving.
- Seek Medical Care: Even if you feel you haven’t experienced significant injuries, please get proper medical care immediately following the accident. You will need accurate documentation of your medical treatment and medical bills if you wish to explore damages for your injuries.
- Take Pictures: It is essential to take photographs of the area surrounding the accident and the scene itself. Remember, conditions change quickly, so taking pictures as soon as possible is advised.
- Witness Information: If anyone witnessed the slip and fall accident, try to obtain their name, number, and address. This is a critical component of your case and contributes to your settlement amount.
- Hire Legal Help: Premise liability claims can be very complex, and navigating these complexities alone can risk the loss of your claim. Our experienced slip and fall attorneys have the resources and necessary knowledge to help you gain a fair settlement.
Slip and Fall Cases Can Be Complicated
Unfortunately, just showing your injuries may not be enough. You need to prove that the property owner or manager knew the dangerous or defective condition and had adequate time to repair it.
You must also prove that you were not aware that you were entering a dangerous area, and our attorneys can help. At the same time, you might have insurance companies contacting you, trying to get you to accept a settlement offer (which might be lower than you deserve).
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact the premises liability attorneys at The Brown Firm. Our personal injury law firm is experienced in helping accident victims win all types of personal injury lawsuits, including premises liability cases. We will work hard to help you prove your case and obtain total compensation for you.
If you or a loved one were injured and need help, our skilled personal injury attorneys will be at your side every step of the way, beginning with a free case evaluation.
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