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A slip and fall can turn an average day into a disaster in the blink of an eye. These injuries can be severe, leaving the victim in serious pain and facing a lengthy recovery—if they are able to recover at all. Some slip and fall accidents result in permanent loss of function, such as spinal cord injuries and brain injuries. If you were injured in a slip and fall accident and believe your accident was caused by another’s negligence, contact a personal injury attorney to discuss your rights.

Slip and fall accidents are no laughing matter

Although slip and fall accidents have long been the subject of slapstick comedy routines, in reality, these accidents can be devastating. Slipping on a slick surface and landing the wrong way could result in catastrophic, and even fatal injuries. Recovery from any injury takes time and care, often leaving victims unable to work and in a financial quandary.

Negligent parties may be held liable in court

If you slipped and fell because of another’s negligence—such as failure to use a “wet floor” sign after mopping in a restaurant—they may be held liable for the damages to your person and property in civil court. This liability means that the court can require them to pay financial compensation to you for the costs of medical treatment and other expenses related to your injuries, as well as compensation for your pain and suffering.

Common slip and fall accidents

A variety of circumstances can result in slip and fall accident injuries, including:

  • Wet floor in a hotel lobby
  • Grease or other spill on a restaurant floor
  • Unsecured rug in a store
  • Leaky store bathroom pipe causing slick floor
  • A trip hazard in a walkway

We offer legal services to slip and fall injury victims

If you were injured and need to talk to a slip and fall injury attorney in , the personal injury attorneys at Russell & Hill, PLLC, are available to assist you. We will fight to help you recover damages in the form of financial compensation. Damages are determined by the courts based on factors such as extent of injury, costs of medical treatment, lost wages resulting from being too hurt to work, and pain and suffering. We understand the financial strain experienced by accident victims, and that is why we do our work on a fee-contingency basis. You do not pay attorney’s fees until we win or settle your case favorably. Contact us today for a free case assessment by one of our experienced and knowledgeable slip and fall accident attorneys.

How common are slip and fall accidents?

According to the National Floor Safety Institute, slip and fall incidents cause around one million people to seek treatment in hospitals each year. Slip and fall incidents are the most common type of property liability cases there are. They commonly occur at private businesses, government property, and private residences.

It is important that you seek medical attention for any slip and fall injuries as soon as possible. Even if you do not feel much pain, let a doctor make a determination as to the extent of your injuries.

What if my slip and fall happened on a friend or relative’s property?

One of the most common claims against a person’s homeowner’s insurance is slip and fall accidents. Many people feel bad about making these claims because they do not want to sue their friends or family. The key thing to understand is that you are not directly filing a claim against your relatives or friends, but rather their insurance company. That is why they have insurance in the first place.

Slip and fall incidents can lead to major medical expenses that you could be left paying out-of-pocket if you choose not to pursue a claim against their insurance. Never feel bad for doing what is best for your health.

The store owner or employee made me feel like it was my fault. What should I do?

We always hear from people who have been told their injury was caused by their actions. In some cases, slip and fall victims feel embarrassed about falling in the first place. Please know that these injuries are commonly caused by the negligence of a property owner. Workers and property owners have a duty to keep their patrons safe from known hazards.

Some of the most common causes of slip and fall incidents are:

  • Spills of food and drinks on the floor
  • Wet entrances during rainy periods
  • Electrical cords and other wires on the floor
  • Defects in the pavement/parking lot
  • Carpeting that is loose or torn
  • Inadequate lighting in an area
  • No wet floor signs after an area has been mopped

These incidents are not your fault, so do not let anyone convince you otherwise. You need to do what is best for your health and finances and seek compensation.

Can I expect to get compensation from the property owner?

If the careless or negligent actions of a property owner or their agent caused you harm, you should be eligible for compensation. The coverage may not come directly out of their pocket, but rather their insurance company. Either way, they will put up a fight.

At Russell & Hill, PLLC, you can count on us to work on securing the following:

  • Your medical expenses related to the incident
  • Lost wages and benefits if you cannot work
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of personal enjoyment damages
  • Possible punitive damages against those responsible

If you need a Seattle slip and fall accident lawyer, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 800-529-0842.

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