Every day, we speak with people injured from slip and fall accidents and unsafe property conditions. Unfortunately, when an accident happens, nothing is ever cut and dry. This can often leave you frustrated and asking a lot of questions.
That's ok. We want you to ask questions, so that we can help you find the answers. We've listed below some of our most frequently asked questions, and the answers that go with them.
Where are some of the most common places to slip and fall?"
Slip and fall accidents can happen nearly anywhere. From parking lots to sidewalks, shopping malls to playgrounds, and everything in between, unsafe property conditions can lead to serious injuries.
A common mistake people assume is that their fall was their fault. That's generally not the case. In fact, business owners, homeowners, and landlords have a responsibility to maintain property conditions at all times. This is called premises liability.
What are common causes for slip and falls?"
What are some immediate steps I should take after an accident?"
Knowing what to do after a slip and fall accident is crucial to developing your case. We've put together a simple checklist for what to do after you've been in a slip and fall accident. Knowing what to do today can help if you're in an accident tomorrow.
How much is my slip and fall case worth?"
It's a common question that we hear from our clients, and it's reasonable to wonder how much you could recover, especially as your lost wages and medical bills pile up.
Unfortunately, there's an easy answer and a hard answer. The easy answer is to speak with our legal professionals for a free case evaluation. They'll be able to answer your questions and explain the important details when it comes to the value of your case.
The hard answer says that your case's value is constantly changing depending on the amount of losses you've suffered. This means that as medical bills and lost wages change, so does the worth of your case.
Some cases have greater values than others. Some injuries are more severe and require extensive medical procedures after an accident. No one wants to trade their health for any amount of money; but if you're injured, our law firm is committed to recovering everything you deserve after your accident.
I don't want to sue my loved one/friend, but my medical bills are piling up!"
So what happens if you fall on a family member's front steps? You certainly don't want to sue them, damaging your relationship. That's a common misunderstanding when it comes to slip and fall accidents. You don't sue the property owner, you sue their insurance company. It's as simple as that.
Insuring a property is required and meant to financially protect the landowner in the event of an accident. In fact, the sole purpose of insurance is to regularly pay money in order to protect your assets.
Your loved one or friend won't be on the hook for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Their homeowner's insurance would take care of those costs.
I fell on my neighbor's steps. She lives in a rental property. Who pays my bills?"
This is a great question. It illustrates how complex a slip and fall accident can be when it comes to fault. There's a legal phrase call "Premises Liability" that states a property owner, landlord, or business owner can be held responsible for injuries that take place on their property.
In this instance, it's possible that the renter is responsible for maintaining the safety of the steps. Or the landlord could be responsible, depending on the lease agreement. Beyond that, a third party – like a snow removal service hired by the landlord – might even be held responsible if they didn't fulfill their duties.
The best way to sort out who's at fault for an accident would be to speak with our knowledgeable legal professionals.
We're standing by – day or night – to help with your slip and fall accident. It's free to speak with us, and there's never an obligation to hire our firm after you call. We'll answer your legal questions, and help you determine your best course of action.
And remember, there's never a fee unless we get money for your slip and fall injuries.