A Slip-And-Fall Accident May Be More Serious Than You Expect
Not all slip and falls happen just because someone is clumsy. Business owners and other property owners have an obligation under the law to keep their premises safe for the public.
If someone else’s negligence caused you to fall and injure yourself, we can help fight for fair compensation for your medical care and other damages. At Glenda Mitchell Law Firm, our lawyer helps Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina clients with slip-and-fall cases and other premises liability cases.
What To Do After A Slip-And-Fall Accident
It can be hard to know what to do after a sudden accident, especially if you are in a lot of pain. Here are some other things you should do immediately after an accident:
- Pay attention to what caused your fall or another accident. If it was due to liquid on the floor, a broken railing or bad pavement in a parking lot, use your phone to take pictures if you can, or ask someone with you to do so. A property owner may make corrections right away, making it difficult for you to prove there were hazards when you slipped, tripped or fell.
- Report the accident to the appropriate authority. For example, if you fall in a grocery store, report it to a manager.
- Seek medical treatment and be sure to tell your doctor exactly what happened.
- Talk to an attorney.
Serious Injuries Often Follow A Slip And Fall
Slip-and-fall accidents happen quickly, and many may discount the harm they can cause, it was “just a fall.” But falls can be extremely dangerous if you strike your head. For the elderly, falls that cause broken legs or hips can lead to serious complications and serious health problems. If you have fallen, you should have a thorough medical examination to determine if you suffered any injury.
But the law governing who is at fault can be complicated, and the case can become very complex if the fall leads to a traumatic brain injury or another serious injury. We can help by building a strong case that demonstrates the property owner’s negligence and shows the injuries that you suffered as a result.
Where Are Slip-And-Fall Accidents Most Likely To Happen
Slip-and-fall accidents could occur just about anywhere. Some of the most common locations, however, are:
- Grocery stores
- Retail stores
- Apartment complexes
No matter where a slip and fall occurs, it can have devastating results. The resulting injuries can leave you with permanent health concerns, whether the incident took place in an unfamiliar place or your own neighborhood.
How Do I Prove The Slip-And-Fall Accident Was The Property Owner’s Fault
It is not always easy to demonstrate a property owner’s liability in a slip-and-fall case. You and your attorney must demonstrate several factors. These include:
- A hazardous condition existed on the premises
- The owner knew about or should have known about the hazard
- The owner failed to take adequate steps to fix and prevent the hazard
- The hazardous condition caused your injury
To have a successful case, you will need extensive documentation. Try to take a picture of the accident scene and seek medical care as soon as you can. Photograph your injuries if they are visible. Keep all your medical records, work attendance records and other relevant paperwork.
What Compensation Can I Get After A Slip-And-Fall Accident
Fortunately, if you can prove that the property owner’s negligence contributed to your accident, you have a strong likelihood of recovering financial compensation. Some of the most common damages in slip-and-fall claims include:
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitative therapy
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning potential
- Pain and suffering
To get a more accurate assessment of what your case is worth, you should speak with a personal injury attorney who has experience handling slip-and-fall accidents.
Are Trip-And-Fall And Slip-And-Fall Accidents The Same
Slip-and-fall accidents involve someone slipping on the ground or an item on the ground. Trip and falls are similar, but they involve someone tripping over the ground or something on the ground. The conditions for proving fault in a trip and fall are the same; you must show that the property owner failed to remedy a dangerous condition on their property that led to your accident.
Contact Us For Help After A Dangerous Premises Accident
A slip and fall can lead to very serious injuries. Don’t delay if you have been hurt. We offer a free initial consultation with our attorney. In Georgia, call our Cartersville office at 678-721-0417. In Alabama, call our Auburn office at 334-604-7927. In South Carolina, call our Greenville office at 864-326-3073, or use our convenient form.