Many people believe that slip-and-fall accidents are just simple incidents. You take a tumble, hit the ground, then scramble right up, dust your clothes and move on. In reality, there is nothing simple about a severe fall. Many accident victims require medical care because they suffer serious injuries. And when their slip & fall is caused by negligent parties, then they deserve to get financial compensation for their pain and suffering. At Jacobs & Wallace law firm, a team of experienced personal injury attorneys with extensive experience is ready to help you understand your legal rights and win your far compensation. No matter what anyone else (especially insurance companies) try to tell you, slip & fall injury victims have the right to pursue property owners and administrators. When you have a legitimate reason to be present on a public or private property, their owner/manager owes you a duty of care. This means that their premises should be reasonably safe for everyone. When lack of duty of care leads to a slip & fall resulting in severe injury or even leading to fatal accidents, then the liable party has to answer for their negligent actions.
Common Examples of Slip & Fall Accidents
A slip and fall accident is caused by a hazardous condition at someone's property, be it a home, a store, a commercial building or a plot of land. Such unsafe conditions may exist in various places where a person is an invitee or an agent, such as:
The state of Connecticut has cold winters that turn roads and walkways into slippery icy surfaces. If you slip on a driveway and suffer pedestrian accidents, you have a claim against the owner of the property.
Safe conditions are a prerequisite for properties for rent. Landlords owe their tenants and their visitors a duty of care. However, many buildings have old, uneven floors, staircases missing a handrail or insufficient lighting to allow people to see where they are stepping.
Store employees should make sure that the entire retail area is a safe environment for all customers. However, on many occasions, various bottles and jars fall from the shelves, creating slippery surfaces on the tile floors. If a person steps on such a surface, they may take a hard fall, suffering a severe or even catastrophic injury.
In Swimming Pools
Swimming pools can be extremely dangerous for people who do not know how to swim. If a pool is left uncovered and a person slips and falls into it, they may even lose their life in the tragic accident.
At the Workplace
Workplace accidents involving a slip and fall can happen anywhere: on construction sites, in warehouses, in workshops and even in an office building. Dangerous conditions can appear anywhere, leading to accident victims' bodily injury and property damage.
How Serious Are Slip & Fall Accidents?
As we mentioned at the beginning of this article, slip-and-fall accidents can have serious consequences. An experienced attorney specializing in premises liability cases know that accident victims suffer both physical pain and emotional distress. Among the more severe injuries suffered by personal injury victims after a slip & fall are:
- bone fractures
- spinal cord injuries
- traumatic brain injuries
- soft tissue damage.
Some injury accidents never fully heal, leaving the person with a lifelong medical condition, from chronic pain to seizures or even paralysis.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the statistics of fall accidents across the US are serious:
- 32,000 older adult die after a fall each year
- 1 in 5 falls causes a severe injury, such as head injury or fractures
- 95% of all hip fractures are caused by a sideways fall.
As the statistical data show, older people are frailer and more likely to suffer severe injuries. In any situation, and irrespective of the injured clients, experienced personal injury attorneys will pursue all the parties responsible for their pain and financial damages.
How to Act after Suffering a Slip & Fall
The final amount of your accident injury compensation depends on how well you can prove your case. This means that you have to prove that your accident meets all the requirements of a personal injury case:
- the responsible parties had a legal duty of care towards you
- they breached their duty by not creating safe conditions at their premises
- the unsafe conditions caused your injuries
- you suffered economic damages.
Also, you will get favorable outcomes in civil litigation cases if you avoid making a series of mistakes after your incident. In all legal matters, make sure that you follow the advice of an experienced attorney, and not your own instincts or what your friends tell you to do.
Here are some main aspects that may affect personal injury compensation claims after a slip & fall incident:
1. Not Reporting the Incident to the Property Manager
After your incident, ask the nearest person to find someone in charge - store manager, building administrator, property owner - and tell them that you suffered an accident on their property. Do not be aggressive and do not attempt to get any kind of financial compensation from them directly. Simply inform them of what happened and give as many details as possible.
If your slip and fall takes place in a store or in a commercial building, the person in charge has to fill in an incident report. Read it very carefully, especially the fine print. Many stores add waivers in these forms, stating that you will not pursue legal action against the store. If any such information is included in the form, do not sign it.
2. Not Seeking Medical Attention
You must receive emergency medical treatment after a slip and fall accident. There are many injuries that do not have immediate symptoms, from internal organ damage and bleeding to various forms of brain injury.
Also, if you do not have medical records proving that you suffered injuries as a result of your fall, the parties accountable may claim that you do not have a case against them and you are exaggerating your compensation demands.
3. Not Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney
Accident attorneys are the only ones you can trust to fight on your behalf and win the maximum compensation you deserve. On your own, you will be faced with insurance adjusters and experienced lawyers whose job is to find as many holes as possible in your case and dismiss your personal injury claim. From getting you confused on specific accident details to making you say something that may be interpreted as an admission of guilt, insurance companies and their representatives will do anything within the law (and breaching it sometimes) to determine you to drop your case.
What Personal Injury Attorneys Can Do for You
Now let us explain the importance of letting an accident attorney prepare your claim and negotiate your settlement or win your accident verdict. First of all, the attorney will investigate the circumstances of the accident in order to have a clear picture of how it happened and who is responsible for it.
For this purpose, personal injury attorneys may resort to:
- CCTV camera footage
- eyewitnesses' testimonies
- your own photos and videos of the incident
- accident reconstruction experts.
Next, the attorney will carefully evaluate the damages you are entitled to receive - both the economic damages and the non-economic damages. They cover everything from your medical expenses and lost wages to physical pain, emotional trauma and loss of enjoyment of life.
Finally, the attorney will file your accident claim and negotiate with the insurance company representing the person or legal entity who failed to keep their property safe for everyone using it. They will use every legal tactic available, from the findings of accident investigators and medical experts who treated your injuries to similar cases that represent a legal precedent. If no amicable settlement can be reached in terms of a fair compensation for you, the attorney will represent you in a premise liability lawsuit.
Hire an Experienced Bridgeport Personal Injury Law Firm!
At Jacobs & Wallace law firm, you can count on a team of accomplished accident lawyers with a combined experience spanning decades. We encourage you to seek our legal consultation as soon as possible after your accident, because you only have 2 years available to take legal action (the statute of limitations).
We work on a contingency fee basis, so you do not have to pay upfront legal fees. Call us now for a consultation with injury attorneys with a proven track record: 203-332-7700!
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