When you slip and fall, especially in public, it’s not only painful but embarrassing. Even worse, you can suffer serious injuries that can take months or even years to fully heal. Some people, indeed, never get better at all. When this happens, you feel like you’re entitled to compensation to help you pay those expensive medical bills and get back on your feet. But what are your options? Learn when you can file an injury lawsuit for a slip and fall case, how these incidents are handled and how a personal injury attorney can help you get compensation.
Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip-and-fall injuries are some of the most common incidents faced by businesses and public properties according to insurance companies. Places where there is heavy foot traffic carry an increased risk of these incidents, especially when there is a lot of ice and snow as during the winter. During the winter months, the potential for an injury lawsuit rises dramatically.
The first aspect of any injury claim is the investigation. Whether or not you have a valid or strong suit depend on a number of factors, including witness reports, your statement and accident report, paramedic records, incident reports, any snow and ice removal issues the business owner faces, the weather conditions on a given day, photos and more.
It’s a mistake to think that just because you fall on someone else’s property, they’re responsible. The truth is, while the assumption of responsibility often falls upon the business owner, it’s important to prove liability. Every business owner has a duty of care related to a “reasonable person” standard. This means that you have to prove they didn’t take reasonable precautions to prevent your accident.
For example, if you slip and fall while walking during an ice storm, it may be tricky to prove liability. However, if the ice storm was three days ago, and you fall in front of a business that hasn’t bothered to clear the ice, you likely have a strong case. You must prove that the owner had ample time to correct the dangerous situation, that they knew about it, and that they failed to take reasonable precautions.
Injury Lawsuit Attorneys
When you are involved in a slip-and-fall incident, the first thing you should do is secure the services of a qualified personal injury lawsuit attorney. Attorneys know how to pursue investigations for things like indemnity clauses held by big box retailers in their ice removal contracts. They know how to gather the evidence you will need to prove that your accident was not your fault and that the responsible party is held accountable.
When injured in a slip and fall you may be entitled not only to payments for your medical bills, but for lost wages, lost future potential, pain and suffering, loss of relationships, mental anguish and a range of other issues, but only if you have someone in your corner who knows how to fight for your rights every step of the way. If you find yourself in a situation like this, don’t wait. Call Harris & Graves, P.A. for a free, no-obligation analysis of your case, and more information today.