You might not think that the simple act of walking could result in a major accident. But unfortunately, one slippery surface could cause significant injuries — particularly if individuals are given no warning.
Even if you’re not known for being clumsy, a slip and fall could easily happen to you. In fact, slips and falls are the primary cause of lost workdays and make up the majority of workers’ compensation claims. But even if this incident doesn’t occur in the workplace, it may not be your fault.
In many cases, the root cause of a slip and fall accident may be negligence on the part of someone else. Property and business owners have an obligation to keep these environments safe for tenants, employees, and customers. If they fail to remove hazardous elements from the property and someone becomes hurt as a result, they may be held legally and financially liable.
However, these individuals can only be held responsible if the injured party files a claim against them. A slip and fall attorney can evaluate your case and determine whether another party might be to blame for your accident. Your lawyer can then guide you through the process of filing a claim and will ensure your rights are protected.
Steps to Take After a Slip and Fall Accident
If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall incident, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. Even if you don’t believe you’ve sustained any serious injuries, it’s best to make an immediate appointment with your doctor or go to the emergency room for evaluation. Not only will this ensure you aren’t faced with a surprise injury later on, but it will also allow your injuries to be officially documented.
After seeking medical attention, you should contact a slip and fall attorney. Your attorney can provide you with recommendations for your case and, if you decide to move forward with a claim, can notify the property owner and help gather evidence for your case. Your slip and fall attorney will also advise you to not accept any kind of blame for the accident, to refrain from talking to lawyers or insurance adjusters retained by the property owner, and to document any pertinent information (such as photographs, names of witnesses, or clothing worn at the time of the incident) that could help your case.
If you’ve been hurt in a slip and fall accident, you need an experienced lawyer by your side. You don’t have to go through this process alone — nor should you have to pay for medical treatment necessitated by someone else’s negligence. To schedule a consultation or to find out more about retaining a slip and fall attorney, please contact our offices today.