Slip and fall cases are also referred to as “premises liability.” These types of cases cover a wide range of claims. Determining the elements of this claim which must be proved can be challenging. Identification of the proper party responsible is essential as is identification of the defect causing the accident. The Law Offices of Kevin M. Siegel has relationships with engineers and accident reconstructionists. The utilization of these experts can make a tremendous impact in a premises liability claim.
Slip and falls are the second leading cause of injuries in the United States, and also account for approximately 16,000 deaths each year. Many more result in serious injuries. Often these injuries/deaths are caused by dangerous conditions on someone else’s property. An injury/death from a fall that is caused by dangerous conditions on another person’s property may entitle the victim or victim’s family to compensation. The traumatic impact of a slip and fall accident can cause severe and long-lasting injuries. If you suffer from a slip and fall it is in your best interest that you seek medical and legal help without delay.
The following are the four major categories a slip and fall accident can be labeled by:
Trip-and-Fall Accident: a regular walking path is blocked by a foreign object
Stump-and-Fall Accident: the walking surface is covered by an obstacle
Step-and-Fall Accident: the walking path is incomplete and/or contains fractures
Slip-and-Fall Accident: the walking path is surfaced with a slippery substance
If an injury has occurred, fill out an accident report immediately. Gather as much information as you can at the scene or soon after the accident, that way the report is as accurate as possible and a timely report can help make your claim stronger. Some things you need to include in your report are:
Date and Time
Description of Circumstances
Witnesses and their Recollections/Comments
Take Photos (if possible)
Seek Medical Attention
Having a competent attorney on your side to help you navigate the often confusing and overwhelming issues that arise after slip and fall accident is vitally important. An attorney will serve as your advocate and can assist you in getting medical expenses paid by the proper party, helping you with insurance issues and, if necessary, filing a lawsuit to compensate you for your losses due to the accident.
If you or someone you know has been in a slip and fall accident or simply has questions which need to be answered, contact an attorney from the Law Offices of Kevin M. Siegel. The initial consult is at no charge to you!