Every year, countless people are injured in retail stores, supermarkets, bars and restaurants, parking lots, apartment buildings, and private homes, requiring legal assistance from an experienced slip and fall lawyer. In many cases, these slips, falls, and other accidents could have been prevented by the property owners.
Many people who become injured due to a slip and fall accident, in a public or private place, never consult an attorney because they do not believe that their specific situation or their injuries entitle them to compensation. Some examples of slip and fall injuries that often entitle victims to receive compensation include:
- Fractured, cracked or broken bones.
- Major burns, typically classified as 2nd or 3rd degree.
- Accidents resulting in bone or joint dislocation.
- Head injuries.
- Injuries involving ruptured or herniated disks.
- Knee, ankle, neck and back injuries
Tips for Handling a Slip & Fall Injury
- Be sure to report the injury, and how you were injured, to the manager, owner, or employee who works on the property, right away. If an accident report is filled out, request a copy of it.
- Try to take as many mental notes of your surroundings as possible. Write them down at your first opportunity. This is important in any type of injury case, but especially so in Premises Liability cases.
- If at all possible, take pictures of the hazard that caused you to fall. Nowadays, most of us have cameras on our cellphones. After making sure you are okay, do your best to document the scene. Document it yourself, or better yet, have a friend do so for you.
- Take down the names and contact information of any witnesses who witnessed your fall, or what caused you to fall. These cases can often boil down to “he said, she said”, and so the more witnesses who can accurately state what happened, the better.