What qualifies as a slip and fall accident?
Although accidents do happen, in many cases they can be prevented if simple but important precautions are put into place. Slip and fall accidents are a common type of claim, and, in premises liability law, property owners can be legally responsible when an individual has an accident on their property that results in injuries.
A slip and fall accident occurs when a surface is wet and slippery, causing you to lose your footing and fall. A trip and fall accident occurs when an object creates an unforeseen obstacle in your path, causing you to trip. Similarly, a step and fall accident occurs when there is an unexpected hole or uneven surface in your walking path.
Who is responsible?
It is the responsibility of business owners or home owners to ensure that their property is reasonably safe in an effort to prevent dangerous situations that can cause injury. If you, unfortunately, have an accident and experience an injury such as a broken bone or torn ligament, I can determine if you have a case, and, if appropriate, help you recover damages for medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages.
The business owner or home owner is responsible for your accident if he directly caused the unsafe situation, was aware of the dangerous situation and did not take steps to correct it, or he, as the person taking care of the property, should have known about the dangerous situation. Depending upon the rules of the jurisdiction where your accident occurred, the actual liability of the responsible individual varies.
What should I do if I have had a slip and fall accident?
If you have been injured, report your accident first to the property or business owner. Write down the names, addresses and telephone numbers of anyone who witnessed the accident firsthand. It is helpful to take pictures of the area where you had your accident and the injuries you suffered. Save all evidence related to your accident, including the clothing that you were wearing.
After seeking immediate medical treatment for your injuries, keep copies of all of your medical bills, including those that are covered by insurance, and your work absence slips. You may choose to write down your concerns about the medical treatment you received or the pain that was caused by your injuries.
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