Have you or a loved one been injured in a slip and fall accident?
According to the National Floor Safety Institute, slip and fall injuries are the leading cause of hospital visits in America. What's more, these everyday accidents are also the leading cause of worker's compensation claims and occupational injury.
In my personal injury law firm, I've found that injured individuals often end up footing the medical bill themselves when the fault should have fallen on someone else entirely.
You see, unlike minor car accidents where the other driver was clearly at fault, the assumed fault in slip and fall cases is not always clear. In many cases, slip and fall victims are uncertain of the best course of action to get the relief they need.
If you've suffered a slip and fall, then you may have a strong case and be eligible for significant compensation for your injuries and suffering, neither of which were your fault.
What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident
If you've suffered a slip and fall on the premises of a business or property, there are few critical steps to take to help protect your rights to the compensation you deserve:
Step 1: Document the accident
If you're able to stay on the scene of the accident before going to the hospital or emergency room, take plenty of photos of the area.
Photos that show the exact location and conditions that caused your accident will serve as proof in case the property owner attempts to tamper, fix, or disguise the cause of negligence.
Step 2: Seek medical attention
Seeking medical treatment is not only necessary to treat your injury, but it's also how you will establish the first legal record of the incident.
Do not put off seeking medical assistance or attempt to "brush it off." It is essential legally to obtain a medical record that lists the extent of your injuries. Like the photos you take, this medical record can serve as a necessary piece of evidence, used either in a court of law or during the settlement negotiation process.
Step 3: Report the accident
You must inform the property owner about your accident.
In clear terms, you want to raise awareness of your injury with the management or property owner. For example, if you slipped and hurt yourself at the store, notify a manager immediately.
The point is to make your accident known. I recommend you be brief in your discussion with the management or property owner, and try to remain impartial about assigning blame. You do not want them to become defensive or feel that you're attacking them with threats. Let your Louisiana slip and fall lawyer handle this confrontation for you in a professional manner.
Step 4: Contact a slip and fall attorney today
As soon as you've received medical treatment, you've documented the incident and informed the property manager of your accident, it's time to contact a personal injury law firm that specializes in accident liability. The sooner you seek legal help and begin the litigation process, the sooner we can begin investigating your case to seek rightful compensation.
And since there is no charge for your initial consultation, there is nothing to lose with a free case evaluation. It is our duty and privilege at Bruscato Law to help you find out if you're entitled to legal compensation for your losses.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip and fall injuries most often result from wet floors. They can happen in any public place, including your workplace environment, the mall, the grocery store, parking lots, and even private residences.
These accidents fall under the legal category of premises liability. And it is usually when the property owners "slip" from the best safety practices that accidents occur.
Examples of negligence leading to slip and fall injuries include:
- Wet and slippery floors, ramps, and stairs are the most common cause of falls, especially without proper warnings from the property or business owner.
- Poorly maintained surfaces, cluttered areas, or worn carpet can all be unsafe conditions.
- Cluttered work environments or job sites and failure to warn visitors can lead to trips and falls with the inadequate warning of dangerous conditions from the business owners.
- Inadequate lighting resulting in poor visibility and potentially hazardous situations.
Louisiana safety standards exist to prevent accidents from happening. Businesses and property managers are legally required to adhere to OSHA standards and requirements and do everything they can to prevent visitors' risk of injury.
Property owners are obligated to maintain their environments and ensure cleaning supplies and warning signage are readily available. Safety standards must be enforced, but the reason personal injury accidents happen is because of negligence on the part of the property owner.