One in three adults over the age of 65 will experience a slip and fall accident!
More than a million slip and fall injuries happen every year. Second only to motor vehicle accidents as a cause of fatalities, slip and fall incidents cause 15% of all accidental deaths, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports.
Slip and fall accidents occur in both industrial settings and on private property.
Slip and falls that occur on public or private premises are also prevalent. Fifty percent of all fatal accidents that occur in the home are attributed to slip and fall accidents.
Wet spots, ice, grease, polished floors, uneven walking surfaces, loose flooring, potholes, slippery bathtubs, clutter, electrical cords, open desk drawers and filing cabinets, and damaged ladder steps all frequently cause slip and fall accidents.
You might think that if you slip and fall while at work or on someone’s private property, the property owner is liable for your injury. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes liability is attributed to the injured victim’s actions while on the property.
Also, injured victims are only entitled to compensation when the property owner, tenant, operator, or manager either knew or should have known about the hazardous or dangerous condition on the property.
If you have a slip and fall injury, determining who is responsible depends on: the location of the accident, how the accident occurred, and who was responsible for maintaining the premises. In many instances, more than one party may be responsible.
If you have a slip and fall injury, you need to take several steps to ensure the success of your liability claim. These include:
Seeing a doctor: Even if you think your injuries are minor, you may have sustained latent injuries that will become apparent later. You need to get medical attention immediately following a slip and fall accident, to rule out and/or document head, back, neck, and internal injuries. You may also need to start treatment and/or to ascertain the potential costs of such treatment.
Collecting evidence: Ideally, while you’re still at the scene of the accident, take a photo of whatever caused you to slip and fall. Some evidence, such as a wet spot or a freshly polished floor, may disappear if you wait until later to document it. And owners of damaged property that caused the accident will have time to fix it if you postpone collecting evidence. Also, if anyone witnessed your accident, ask for their name and phone number.
Reporting the Slip and Fall Accident: Report the incident to whoever is in charge of the property. Be sure that they create a report, which may prove invaluable if the responsible parties later try to claim the slip and fall incident never occurred.
Contacting Us: The sooner you let us know about your accident, the faster we can start working on your case. The longer you wait to contact us, the more difficult it is for us to conduct the necessary investigations. And because there is a statute of limitations for slip and fall cases, time is of the essence.
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