Slip, trip, and fall accidents can be severe — and may lead to long-term or expensive medical treatment. If the accident was not your fault, but instead due to some other factor, such as improperly salted sidewalks, negligence on the part of the property owner, or some other cause, you could be entitled to compensation.
Our personal injury attorneys at Russell & Hill, PLLC are capable and experienced individuals who have handled slip and fall cases for years. They’ll be able to provide you with the information, understanding, and instructions necessary to make your recovery process, or that of your loved one, as smooth as possible — by helping you get the monetary compensation you need to pay for your damages.
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What are ‘Slip and Fall’ or “Slip, Trip, and Fall’ accidents?
These personal injury accidents occur when an individual slips, trips or falls due to hazardous conditions on the premises.
These accidents can occur in the following ways:
- when exiting a building
- while navigating a slippery walkway
- caused by uneven floors
- result of inadequate lighting
- due to weather such as accumulated ice or snow
- following a spill
- fault of design flaws
- a foreign object on the walking surface
When is a party responsible for a ‘slip and fall’ accident?
Simply because an individual slipped and fell doesn’t make the property owner immediately liable. There are several other variables that must be taken into account. It must be proven that there was a dangerous or problematic condition on the surface or in the area, which then caused the person to slip or trip and fall.
But that’s not the only aspect. Often it must also be proven that the property owner or individual in charge previously knew about the situation and failed to rectify the problem.
The final component necessary in holding a property owner liable for a slip and fall accident relates to the conduct of the individual who fell and whether or not they were paying attention to where they were going. This is where legal representation in the process is especially helpful – the experience of a personal injury attorney can help you sort out the happenings of the accident and explain whether or not you have a viable personal injury claim.
If there was a dangerous condition on the premises, the owner did know about the condition, and the injured person was behaving responsibly at the time of the accident, then we’re able to enforce the property owner’s legally established ‘duty of care,’ which is the legal principle referring to every property owner’s responsibility to ensure that the premises to which they’re inviting others is safe.
What to do after a slip and fall accident
Dealing with the aftermath of a slip and fall accident can be quite legally complex. It’s important to prepare yourself as well as you can for the upcoming process, and following these steps after the accident has occurred will help both you and your attorney as the claims process unfolds.
First, report the accident to the property owner or person in charge
Anyone involved in a slip and fall accident, or those taking care of a loved one who was involved in an accident, should immediately report the fall to the property owner, possessor, manager, or other individual in charge. However, it is recommended that at this point you do not provide them with an extensive statement. Simply inform them of the accident, but refrain from providing too many details before speaking with a personal injury attorney.
Second, take detailed notes and provide them to your attorney
Next, it’s important to take notes on the circumstances and details surrounding the accident so that you’ll be able to provide them to your personal injury attorney. Note the date, time, location, names of any witnesses and their contact information (if possible), names of the owner or individual in charge that you spoke with originally, conditions at the time of the accident, what type of shoes you or your loved one were wearing at the time, and any other details that contributed to or were involved in the accident. If you can, keep any clothes or other items that contributed to the slip and fall incident.
Third, seek medical attention immediately following your accident
Finally, it is important to seek medical attention immediately following your slip and fall accident if it is needed. An emergency room diagnosis is an important support in establishing the validity of your slip and fall case because your symptoms can be directly traced to the accident. If you wait to receive care, then it’s possible that the court will find that there is insufficient correlation between your injuries and the accident because care was not administered directly after the accident.
Work With Russell and Hill, PLLC
If you, or your loved one, have been injured in a slip and fall accident, it’s important to immediately begin the process of working with a personal injury attorney. Those that choose to work with an attorney generally receive far better compensation for their injuries than those who attempt to handle their case on their own. In fact, at Russell & Hill, PLLC, we strive to make sure that our clients will always receive substantially greater compensation by working with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys than you would if you filed and processed your personal injury claim by yourself.
At Russell and Hill, PLLC, we don’t require any up-front payment, and there’s no reason to be wary of wracking up attorney’s fees. Our payment model is contingency-based, which means that your attorney is paid out of a percentage of the insurance payment received from the settlement of the injury claim. Essentially, this means that the bill will never affect your wallet.
For more information about our personal injury services for slip, trip and fall accidents, don’t hesitate to contact us. We would love to schedule a free consultation with you to learn the details of your case and explain your options. Call today, or fill out our online form to get started. We look forward to hearing from you.