What you should immediately do
if you slip-and-fall
According to records maintained by the CDC there are approximately 8,000,000 non-fatal injuries and 19,000 fatal injuries caused each year by unintentional falls. Accidental falls are the third leading cause of accidental death. As you get older your chances of serious injury or death increase dramatically because of a slip-and-fall.
Statistics show accidental falls are the number one cause of death among the sixty-five and older age group. There is an almost endless list of causes for slip-and-fall accidents. Surface obstacles, blocked vision, inadequate lighting, and slippery surfaces are just a few examples of these causes. You are also more likely to slip-and-fall when you get in a hurry or get distracted or wear improper footwear.
Workplace falls are often caused by a disregard for adequate safety procedures and lack of safety equipment. Improperly designed stairs, the lack of protective handrails, make-shift or worn-out or defective ladders are also often sited as procuring causes. Supermarkets, restaurants, shopping centers, hotels and construction sites are places where slip-and-fall accidents commonly happen. No matter where or what the cause slips, trips and falls are tragic, painful and expensive.
If you are ever the victim of a fall and it is not your fault you may be due significant compensation for your injuries. This is because property owners are responsible for assuring their premises are not dangerous. They can be held liable if they betray this responsibility.
A good example of our work on an important Texas Slip-and-fall case is our
$1.4 Million Net Slip-and-fall Verdict against Koko Inn, Lubbock, Texas
In this important Texas case we represented Arthur Mayo after he tripped and fell on Koko Inn property. Arthur was seriously injured by tripping on construction debris left on Koko Inn’s sidewalk. After a tough trial, the jury agreed with our arguments and held Koko Inn 100% liable for not keeping the area safe for guests. Mr. Mayo, received $1.4 million after all contingent legal fees and expenses.
Mayo is an Emmy award winning special effects designer for many stars including Barbara Streisand, Van Halen, Metallica, the Rolling Stones, Genesis and Madonna.
To prove liability in slip-and-fall cases we gather evidence to show the property owner either caused the unsafe condition, or was aware of the hazard but did not take adequate steps to correct it. We also often gather facts to show the property owner should be held liable, because a reasonable person should have known about the danger and would have found the problem and taken steps to prevent your injuries.
Important steps you should immediately
take if you slip-and-fall
When you are injured there are a few important steps you should immediately take. First you should get immediate medical treatment. Go to your nearest hospital emergency room, or if your injuries are less serious go to your physician.
You need to quickly make the other party aware of what happened and have them prepare an incident report and give you a copy of it. If you are physically able you should get the names and contact information of all witnesses. Further, you should make photographs of where you fell and of the hazards causing the fall.
Also make sure you take photographs of your injuries as these will improve the strength of your case. Pictures are worth a thousand words so do not delay in doing this as injuries are typically more pronounced just after your injury.
Critical mistakes to avoid if you slip-and-fall
It is critical for you to not sign any document or release, or speak with an insurance carrier or their investigative agents without first having an experienced personal injury lawyer helping and guiding these actions. Remember it is a huge mistake to attempt to handle your own injury case. Year after year statistics show experienced lawyers recover many times over the amount insurance companies offer victims not represented by legal counsel.
Please pass this advice on to any friend, family member or colleague you know who will benefit from it. We promise to treat them with great care and thank-you for doing this favor.
And if you ever have a slip-and-fall or any other personal injury or property damage problem you should contact us immediately for additional help and advice. Our initial consultations are absolutely free and when we evaluate and accept your case we work on a contingent fee basis, which means no cash flow risk to you.