Slip and fall accidents are common.
Sometimes we’re all just a little careless, and it’s possible to trip over one’s own feet. But often, a hazard exists.
If that hazard wasn’t on your own property then it’s the responsibility of the property owner. If that property owner handled the hazard in a negligent way then you are entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Those injuries can be extensive. Spinal injuries, head injuries, and broken bones are all quite common in slip-and-fall accidents. Older adults often fail to recover fully from a slip and fall, and may lose their independence. Even for healthy younger adults, chronic pain can be a lifelong consequence for one of these accidents.
Understanding the Duty of Care
Property owners have a “duty of care” to their visitors, customers, and vendors. That means they’re responsible for property upkeep. It also means they have a responsibility to warn of hazards that could exist and threaten the health of those who spend time on their property.
If landowners refuse to address hazards in a timely fashion, or if they fail to post warning signs in a timely fashion, then they can be held accountable for your damages.
Of course, the defendant will work hard to try to prove that they did not have sufficient time to learn about the accident or to address it.
They’ll also be trying to prove you were at least a little at-fault for your own accident, or that you failed to mitigate your own damages. If they can do this successfully then they can vastly reduce the amount of money their insurance company will have to pay.
Their insurance contract usually requires them to fight you as hard as possible. In addition, they don’t want to be held liable for funds above and beyond what their insurance policy limits will cover. You can expect insurance companies to play hardball.
Strengthening Your Case
What you do immediately after your slip-and-fall can have a huge impact on how your case plays out. Here’s what you can do to maximize the value of your case.
- Get the names, numbers, and contact details for all witnesses.
- Take a photo of the hazards, the area, and the presence or absence of any warning signs.
- Take a photo of the shoes you were wearing.
- Report your accident to the property owner, but stick to the facts. Avoid statements like “I’m fine” or “that was clumsy of me.” These statements can be used against you later.
- Get medical care immediately. This is a form of injury mitigation and it can show that you are being responsible.
- Follow all of your doctor’s instructions.
- Save all bills, prescriptions, instructions, and other medical records.
- Do not talk to the insurance company. Call an experienced slip-and-fall lawyer first.
We will deal with the insurance company for you. We will also fight hard to get you as much compensation as possible for your pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills, and more.
Hiring us is risk-free. You don’t even need money for a retainer. We work on contingency, which means we don’t get paid unless you do.
Get started today by calling (780) 799-7777, or visit our office at 425 Gregoire Drive.