What to Know About Slip and Fall Accidents
A slip and fall accident refers to situations when someone slips, trips or falls as a result of a dangerous or hazardous condition on someone else's property. It includes falls as a result of water, ice or snow, as well as abrupt changes in flooring, poor lighting, or a hidden hazard, such as a gap or hard to see hole in the ground. The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control estimates that in 2004, more than 8 million people were injured in falls.
Slip and Fall Accident Claims
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to collect compensation for the damages and costs associated with your injuries. While each slip and fall case is different, there are common legal considerations to note in every case:
- Slip and Fall Responsibility: Typically, the owner of the property could be responsible for your injuries if that person knew about the dangerous conditions OR should have known about the dangerous condition. Property owners have a duty to keep their premises safe, but will not be responsible for slip and fall accidents that they could not reasonably prevent.
- Slip and Fall Accident Claims: If you are pursuing compensation for your injuries, you will need to file a slip and fall accident claim or lawsuit. When filing a claim or lawsuit in a slip and fall case you will need to be prepared to present evidence from the scene that shows the owner of the property knew about, or should have known about, a condition that caused your injury.
- Slip and Fall Attorneys: An experienced
slip and fall attorney can be critical to recovering compensation you are owed. Filing a slip and fall claim or lawsuit can be a difficult and frustrating process that is made easier by the assistance of an attorney.
- Preventing Slip and Fall Responsibility: If you are a home or small business owner, obtaining insurance can protect you from paying for slip and fall accidents that occur on your property. Although preventing slip and fall accidents is ideal, a good home or business insurance plan can be a life saver if an invited guest slips and injures themselves.
Slip and fall accidents are common, and no matter where you live you will be able to find an attorney willing to listen to your case. Attorneys usually offer free, no obligation, consultations, so speaking with one can be beneficial even if you have received a settlement offer from the responsible party.
TIP: Be very careful about what you say and do after a slip and fall accident. If you are speaking with the property owner, one of their employees, an insurance adjuster, or an attorney then anything you say can be used to downplay your injury or shift the blame to you. Even simple phrases like "I'm ok," or "I didn't see that there" could be used against you, so keep quiet as best you are able. If you need to describe the accident, stick to the facts. Do NOT talk to other parties about it or otherwise call attention to yourself - simply consult an attorney and work with him to get the money you deserve.
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