Slip & Fall Accidents
Slip & fall accidents are the number one cause of accidental injury. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits, representing the leading cause of visits (21.3%). These accidents can cause serious injuries that become extremely costly and may impact the rest of a person’s life. Total injuries due to falls are estimated to be $14 million annually in the US while compensation and medical costs associated with employee slip and fall accidents are approximately $70 billion annually.
Slip and fall accidents can happen anytime, anywhere, to anyone. In an instant, an individual can be left with major injuries such as a broken bone, spinal cord damage, a traumatic brain injury, or even death. The term is used in personal injury claims to describe the event of someone slipping, tripping, or falling on another person or business’s property, even a public street or sidewalk.
Do I Have a Slip and Fall Case?
- Wet floor
- Snow or ice on the ground
- Oily surfaces
- Spills or debris on the floor
- Torn or loose carpeting
- Broken flooring
- Loose rugs
- Poor lighting
- Uncovered cables
- Uneven or missing steps
- Missing or broken handrails
- Broken or uneven sidewalks
What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident?
- Check for injuries
- Report the accident
- Take photos of the exact accident location
- Collect witness information
- See a doctor for documentation
- File a claim with insurance companies
- Contact a slip-and-fall accident attorney
Who’s Responsible in a Premises Liability Lawsuit
Premises liability is the liability that the owner or occupier of land bears for an injury that someone suffers because of an unsafe condition on their property. The owner of the premise in question is only liable for a preventable accident. Every state law is slightly different and has its own features.
Elements of a Premises Liability Lawsuit Include:
- A hazardous condition existed.
- The owner or occupier of the property knew or should have reasonably known that the condition existed.
- The owner or occupier of the real estate premises failed to take any action to remedy the problem, barricade the dangerous area, or warn others of the hazardous condition.
- The injury suffered by the victim is real and was caused by this negligence.
Do I Need an Attorney?
Victims should contact an attorney to help negotiate a settlement or pursue a lawsuit. Slip and fall accidents can contribute to both financial and non-financial losses. It is important to choose an experienced lawyer to get proper compensation for pain & suffering, emotional distress, medical bills, as well as past and future lost wages.
Contacting a Slip & Fall Lawyer
When faced with a legal issue, it is of utmost importance to choose a lawyer that specializes in the area of law you need. Rob Levine & Associates specializes in personal injury law to carry out the best service within their expertise. For over 20 years, Rob Levine has been a staple in the Southern New England Personal Injury Attorney business and is known to have one of the most aggressive approaches to personal injury litigation in the tri-state area, helping over 50,000 people recover over 2 billion dollars.
Contact Rob Levine & Associates and let an experienced personal injury lawyer help today. Remember there is no fee unless you win your case and our dedicated team of lawyers and their supporting staff handle all the work for you, so you can focus on healing.