Slip and Fall Accidents: What You Need to Know
If you have been injured in a serious slip and fall accident, rest assured that you have an advocate who will help you get what you need to help you recover. Many slip and fall accidents are not serious—they do not result in injuries requiring medical attention, but some accidents can cause severe back injury, neck injury, or even head injury.
A good personal injury attorney can help you recover and get full compensation in a number of ways. Not only will your attorney help file a claim against the at-fault party’s insurance, but they will also work with medical providers to make sure your bills are properly being covered by insurance, or getting your medical bills deferred until your settlement is received.
If you had a slip and fall at work, then your employer is responsible for the accident and the companies insurance will have to pay for the damages.
Slip and falls can be tricky cases because it may hard to determine liability. For example, if you were shopping at a grocery store and fell on a wet floor that was not marked with a caution cone or other warning device, then your slip and fall lawyer will help you make a case against that business’s insurance company so that they will be held responsible for your slip and fall injuries. Sometimes there is not an obvious responsible party, such as when there is a slip and fall in public place, like outside on the sidewalk. For example, you were walking on the sidewalk in your neighborhood and you have a slip and fall accident on an icy patch of the sidewalk. Home owners have a responsibility to keep the sidewalks in front of their houses clean and safe. So if a sidewalk is unshoveled and un-salted, then that home owner is liable for any accidents that may occur as a result of the unsafe conditions. But if it were summer time and there was no ice or snow on the sidewalks, but instead you feel on sidewalk because the cement was badly cracked and uneven, it may not be the home owner’s fault that those conditions existed. If the home owner was aware of the cracked sidewalk and notified the city, then it is the city who is responsible for the accident and slip and fall injuries.
Not all slip and fall lawsuits are easy or clear-cut but if you have been seriously injured in a slip and fall, fill out an accident report and call and experienced personal injury attorney at The Advocates. Together you can make a case and get the compensation you need to recover from your injuries.
Slip and Fall Accident Statistics
There are approximately one million slip and fall injuries and slip and fall accidents in America each year and the average slip and fall injury will cost the injured person $30,000.00 for current and future medical care and lost wages.
When you are in a slip and fall accident, make sure to report the incident to the property management as soon as possible and make sure the report is filed. It is important to know that in most cases you do not want to try and settle the claim until the full extent of your slip and fall accident injuries is known. Once you know the full extent of your slip and fall accident injuries, you can get a larger settlement to cover your medical bills and possibly medical bills in your future with a personal injury attorney. The Advocates’ goal is to make sure you are covered so there is no financial stress of your slip and fall accident injuries in the future.
A few key things to remember about a Utah slip and fall attorney and slip and fall accident injuries:
- REPORT the slip and fall injuries to the property management as soon as possible to the building management
- Make sure the report is FILED, and follow-up with management on the slip and fall injuries
- Take PHOTOS of any injuries that occurred because of your slip and fall accident injury
- Take photos of the AREA where you fell for documentation and be sure to cover all the areas where the slip and fall injuries happened
- Give the photos to your attorney as they can help your case
If you were injured from a slip and fall accident because someone left their property in a dangerous condition, contact our personal injury firm as soon as you can. We are available to help 24/7 with offices in Salt Lake City, Ogden, and American Fork. Just give us a call at (801) 326-0809.