A slip and fall lawsuit generally results when you injure yourself by slipping on ill-maintained property. Since property owners have a responsibility to reasonably maintain safe conditions on the premises, if you are injured after slipping and falling because of apparent negligence on the part of the owner or business, then you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and other damages.
Because there is no such thing as a foolproof case, though, you have to make sure that you are taking the proper course of action, based on what happened. This is why consulting with a slip and fall injury lawyer early on in the case is so crucial.
There are different types of environmental hazards that can result in a painful slip and fall. For example, a damaged walkway, unmarked wet floors, icy stairs, ripped carpet, and other hazards may result in a slip and fall that leaves you injured. If this type of environmental hazard causes you to slip and fall, you may consider legal action with an injury attorney.
According to the National Safety Council, in 2011, falls were the cause for nearly 8.9 million Emergency Room visits among Americans. While certainly not all of these millions of visits were the direct result of the carelessness of another (i.e., some were the result of the carelessness of the individual who fell), falls are clearly a major health and safety concern. Because slips, trips, and falls can lead to broken bones, spinal injuries, or even traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), they must be taken seriously. And, especially when these injuries happen due to the negligence of another, they are particularly painful – both physically and financially.
If you are injured in a slip and fall accident, it’s important that you document everything as early as possible, and in full detail. For example, what environmental factor caused your injury? How long was it there? Was the owner or possessor of the property aware of its existence? Did anyone witness what happened? These are all questions that will benefit a slip and fall injury claim. The answers to these questions can also be of benefit during your consultation with prospective attorneys. Should you pursue a case, your injury attorney must be able to argue that you could not, or should not, have been expected to avoid the slip and fall by exercising your own due diligence.
When seeking legal representation through Malman Law for a slip and fall claim, our attorneys will examine your case to determine if it can be established that:
Once these standards can be established, our team will pursue your claim in court or through settlement with the owner or business (or the insurance company). Our thorough and aggressive representation has helped thousands of others who have been injured. Now, we want to help you pursue the compensation that you are owed. The process of filing an injury claim may be complex, but with Malman Law, you will have an understanding and compassion team of attorneys working with you every step of the way.
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