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Slip and Fall Accidents: FAQs

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This page answers our law firm's most frequently asked questions about slip and fall accidents.

Answers to Common Questions about Slip and Fall Accidents

Where are some of the most common places slip and fall accidents happen?

  • Falls in parking lots
  • Trips outside of businesses
  • Slips on driveways
  • Falls in supermarkets
  • Slips in restaurants
  • Falls at shopping malls
  • Trips at school
  • Falls down stairs
  • Slips on escalators
  • Trips on sidewalk
  • Falls at the playground

What types of surfaces and obstructions often lead to slips and falls?

  • Falls due to defects in the pavement
  • Slips caused by snow and ice accumulation
  • Trips on torn, raised, or worn carpeting
  • Falls thanks to inadequate lighting
  • Falls from holes and depressions
  • Slips due to food or drink on the floor
  • Trips over electrical cords or wires

What are some immediate steps I should take if I've been hurt in a slip and fall accident?

For steps to follow in the event that you're injured in a slip and fall accident, please consult the Slip and Fall Accident Tips on our safety page.

How much money is my slip and fall case worth?

At our law firm, every slip and fall accident is evaluated on an individual basis. Unfortunately, the values of claims vary greatly depending on the circumstances of your accident, so it's impossible to give a general figure for the value of a slip and fall accident. Some cases end up with large verdicts or settlements, while others are worth less. If you've been injured in a slip, trip, or fall, we encourage you to contact our law firm for a free legal evaluation and get started on the way to finding out how much your case is worth today.

Why do I need a lawyer if I was obviously the victim of a slip and fall accident?

If you've been the victim of a slip and fall accident, you may be wondering why you need a lawyer. Often, property owners are more than willing to take responsibility after an accident happened on their premises. But when it comes to slip and fall accidents, property owners and managers are rarely the sole individuals responsible for your compensation – more often than not, insurance companies are the primary parties responsible for your payment.

Dealing with the insurance company can be tricky. It's the job of adjusters and other insurance professionals to minimize the costs of your claim and deprive you of compensation to which you may be entitled. Having an experienced slip and fall lawyer on your side may mean the difference between getting the money you deserve and losing out on the funds that you need to cover medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses.

I fell down my neighbor's steps. She lives in a rental. Who's responsible for my injuries?

Depending on the facts, you may have a claim against your neighbor or her landlord. You may even have a claim against a completely different third party.

That's why contacting a lawyer is so important when you've been involved in a slip and fall accident. An experienced lawyer knows the right questions to ask and can coordinate a thorough investigation to determine who's responsible for your injuries.

I fell at someone's house and was injured. Is the homeowner responsible for my injuries?

Yes, the homeowner is responsible. If your injuries were the result of the homeowner's negligence, the common approach is to file a claim against the homeowner's insurance.

Shouldn't I just save myself the money I'd pay in attorney's fees and go through the insurance company to get paid for my slip and fall accident?

Not if you want to receive the maximum amount of compensation to which you're entitled. Insurance companies do their best to minimize the amount of money they pay out in injury cases. That's why you should never give a recorded statement or sign any insurance company papers without first consulting an attorney.

At our law firm, we front all costs, including the investigation of your accident, interviewing of witnesses, and collection of important evidence to prove your claim. Furthermore, having an experienced attorney on your side can help you navigate the complex legal system involving injuries and accidents. To find out if you have a case, take advantage of our free legal evaluation today.

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