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What to Do If You Slip, Trip, and Fall: 4 Easy Steps

Unfortunately, sometimes people slip on something, or trip on something, and this often results in a fall.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC) an older American falls once every second of the day.  Falls are the leading cause of both injury and death amongst older Americans, however, anyone can sustain serious injury, or even death, from a fall.  At Fetterman & Associates, we hope you will never need an attorney for a slip and fall case, but if you do, here are some steps you should take.

Assess and Address Your Injuries

If you slip, trip, or fall, take a moment to assess your injuries.  Common injuries from falls include:What to Do If You Slip, Trip, and Fall

  • Head injuries;
  • Broken bones;
  • Spinal cord injuries;
  • Sprains;
  • Torn muscles;
  • Cuts and abrasions; and
  • Shoulder dislocation.

Before you even attempt to get up, perform a mental scan of your body.  Where does it hurt?  Does anything appear broken or bruised?  Can you stand on your own.  Even if you are uncertain about the extent of an injury, seek medical assistance as soon as possible.  Do not assume you can “walk it off” or that your pain will go away.

Report Your Fall

Whether you are at the mall, in the parking lot of the library, or at a friend’s house, if you sustain injury because you slipped, tripped, or fell, make certain to report this to the manager, landlord, or owner of the property.  If there is a hazard such as standing water, a loose rug, or other slip or trip danger, this should also be documented.  If you are at a business, including on government property, ask that a written report be created, and ask for a copy of the report.

Document, Document, Document

If you are not in need of emergency medical assistance, take a moment to document the scene of your fall.  This includes taking pictures of the scene, if possible.  You should note any hazards you observe.  Document the name of the person you reported your fall to.  Document all your doctor’s visits, recommended treatments, and physical therapy you undergo.

Contact a Lawyer

Any time you sustain injury, you may have a lawsuit.  Contact a lawyer if you sustain injuries in a slip, trip, or fall.  You may be entitled to compensation, however, you have only a limited time in which to file your claim.  Do not delay in seeking legal advice.

If You Have Been Injured in a Fall

If you have been injured in a fall, or if you have lost a loved one in a fall, know that you have rights.  You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.  Florida law has strict requirements for what an injured party must establish in a slip and fall case, so gathering information at the time of the fall can be critical.  Contact Fetterman & Associates to discuss your injuries.  Our legal team, including our lawyers, investigators, case managers, and paralegals will work with you to determine if you have a legitimate cause of action. There is no fee for this consultation.  Additionally, if we take your case, there is no fee unless we win.  Call us today at (561) 845-2510.

Slip and Fall Accidents: Can You Sue if You Slipped and Fell in a Retail Store?

When you visit any type of retail store, you have the expectation that it will be reasonably space. The owner or landlord of the property is required to keep a building that is structurally sound. Also, all store owners have to keep the storefront free from any and all hazards that may cause possible injuries to their customers.Slip and Fall

If you ever slip and fall in a business or store, then you may be able to file a lawsuit and recover compensation for the injuries you suffer. The best way to know if this is possible is by hiring an attorney to review the facts of your case.

The Basic Liability Rules of Slip and Fall Accidents

If you are involved in a slip and fall accident, there are two basic liability rules that may apply to the situation:

  • Property Owner is Required to Keep the Property Safe: This means that the property owner or the landlord was required to maintain a certain level of safety in regard to the building’s structure. If the carpet starts to peel back, then it should be replaced or repaired in a timely manner by the landlord (or owner) to prevent an injury from occurring.
  • Visitor/Customer Using the Property Properly/Normally: When you visit a retail location, you are expected to use the property in a certain way, and according to the rules that have been established by the owner. If you ever swim in a public pool you will likely notice the signs warning against running and other things. If you suffered injures from a slip and fall when you were running around the pool, then you may be considered liable for the actions, because you did not heed the warnings and you used the property improperly.

Who is Liable in a Slip and Fall Accident?

When trying to determine liability in a slip and fall case that occurred at a business, the first thing your attorney will consider is what caused the accident. If you tripped because of spilled water, then you will have to find out why the water was on the floor. If the spill was caused by another customer, and it remained on the ground for an unreasonable amount of time, then the responsibility will fall on the owner of the store. It would also be the fault of the owner or landlord if the water was caused by a leaky air conditioner. These are all issues that should be addressed in a timely manner.

If you suffer an injury after a slip and fall accident, you may find that you don’t know where to turn. While this can be a confusing time, there is help. You should contact a personal injury attorney who has experience with slip and fall cases. They will be able to review the facts of the case and provide you with information regarding whether or not you should move forward with a lawsuit. You can’t guess about this and attorney will be able to let you know if your case will be compensated and provide you a rough estimate on how much you can expect to receive.

If you need legal representation for your slip and fall accident, call our attorneys at Fetterman & Associates by calling (561) 845-2510.

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