Slip & Fall Injuries
When one party is injured on the property of another party, for example by slipping on ice or snow or tripping over an object or raised sidewalk, it is called a "slip and fall" or a "trip and fall" claim or case. Each slip and fall case depends on whether there was a dangerous or defective condition of the premises that caused the injury. One's status, or reason for being on the property, may also effect the duty that the landowner owes to the injured party. For example, a business invitee, whose presence on the property is connected to the business dealings of the property owner, is owed the highest duty of care by the landowner; while a trespasser may be owed less of a duty by the property owner depending on the circumstances.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall occurrence, and your injury allows, please obtain as much information as possible about the premises and take as many photographs accurately depicting the area and the condition of the property that caused you to fall. Photographs should be taken at the time of the fall to accurately reflet the conditions, which may change within a short time, such as water on the floor being cleaned, or ice on sidewalks that melts. Please be sure to follow these guidelines:
- If you are able, immediately report the accident to the manager, landlord, homeowner or person in charge of the facility where you fell. Give the store manager or responsible employee your name, address and telephone number. Request his or her name and a copy of any incident reports or other documents.
- Obtain the names, addresses and telephone numbers of any witnesses to the incident.
- Take notes or a photograph of any circumstances that might have contributed to the accident (i.e.. ice, foreign substance, defect in flooring, etc.).
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Above all, contact an attorney before you speak to any insurance companies or sign any documents! Otherwise, you might lose your rights to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages or pain and suffering.
Slip and fall injuries can affect your entire life. Call us today toll free at 1-888-514-1100 for a free, no-obligation consultation. We charge a fee only when we make a financial recovery for you.