Slip and fall is the second leading cause of personal injuries in the United States. In fact, slip and fall accidents are responsible for approximately 16,000 deaths per year, and many more result in serious injuries. When a slip and fall injury is caused by defective or hazardous conditions on another’s property, whether private or public, the victim may be entitled to compensation. If you have been injured in a slip and fall due to the carelessness or negligence of another, we may be able to obtain compensation for medical costs, pain and suffering, lost wages and more on your behalf.

Some common hazardous conditions inside a building can include, but may not be limited to, poor lighting, torn carpeting, wet floors, narrow stairs, broken stairs, defective/broken handrails and defective flooring. Hazardous conditions outside a building include snow, ice, potholes that are difficult to see, uneven pavement and more. All property owners bear a certain amount of responsibility to provide a reasonably safe environment, regardless of whether the injury occurs outside or inside the property.

As personal injury attorneys, we are experts at defending slip and fall cases working with our clients to build a strong case to secure compensation for your injuries. We have the resources to conduct a site search to determine the accident’s cause, take steps to preserve evidence, locate witnesses, and determine whether incidents occurred at the same property in the past. In short, we can make your case for compensation as strong as possible. We will work alongside you throughout the process starting with an initial complementary consultation. You will not pay for our legal expertise unless we secure compensation on your behalf.

To protect yourself and your chances of obtaining compensation for a slip and fall case, we recommend the following steps:

  1. Seek medical help as soon as possible. Serious injuries caused by a slip and fall do not always appear right away. It can take days for you to feel pain or realize the full extent of your injuries.
  2. Document the condition of the property. In order to make your case as strong as possible, it is important to identify and document what caused you to slip and fall. Take pictures with your cell phone or ask someone at the scene to take pictures for you. The owner of the property responsible for your slip and fall will likely repair the hazardous condition to prevent it from happening to others and/or to deny your accident was his or her fault. In addition, if it was a temporary condition, such as snow/ice or a foreign substance that caused your fall, it is unlikely to remain there very long.
  3. Report the incident. If your injury occurs on commercial property, such as a shopping center, supermarket or hotel, you should report the incident to management as soon as possible. Ask the manager to file an incident report and request a copy. Such reports contain helpful details about your accident and establish that the incident did in fact take place, the cause of the accident and witness information. This will prevent the owner of the property from claiming that the incident never happened.

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