Slip-and-fall accidents occur with alarming frequency across the United States. There were more than 10.5 million emergency room visits for fall-related injuries in one recent year, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Unfortunately, irresponsible property owners caused many of these injuries by negligently failing to keep their spaces safe for customers and guests.
If you’ve been injured in a slip-and-fall accident caused by someone else, I can demonstrate how the property owner was negligent and help you recover compensation for your injuries. I’m a former insurance company lawyer, so I know all the tricks property owners and their insurers use to dodge responsibility. Using this knowledge, I’ve helped my clients recover millions of dollars. To learn more about how a slip-and-fall lawyer can help, call my office or visit my contact page.
What Is a Slip and Fall Case?
A slip-and-fall accident happens when someone loses their footing on a slippery, loose, uneven, or otherwise unsafe surface, causing them to fall to the ground. If you fall and hit your head or strike the ground at the wrong angle, you could sustain a serious injury due to the slip and fall.
In addition to your physical injuries and the resulting pain, you might suffer significant financial losses in the form of costly medical bills for surgery and rehabilitation. If this has happened to you, an insurance claim or slip and fall lawsuit could help you recover compensation for your injuries.
What Types of Hazardous and Dangerous Conditions on a Property Cause Slips and Falls?
Some of the most common causes of slip-and-fall injuries are:
- Rain, ice, and snow on sidewalks or in hallways, parking lots, and other common areas
- Spilled liquids on the floor, especially in big box stores, restaurants, and other commercial properties
- Objects left on the floor as trip hazards
- Uneven or poorly maintained sidewalks and other pathways
- Stray power cords
- Trips on stairways caused by damaged handrails
- Slips or trips caused by poor lighting
- Poor nursing home and assisted living facility maintenance or upkeep
- Swimming pool slips and trips
- Construction site hazards causing falls
Who Can Be Held Liable for a Slip and Fall?
In most cases, property owners are held liable for slip-and-fall accidents. To prove liability in a slip-and-fall claim, you and your slip and fall lawyer will need to show that the property owner owed you a duty of care, failed in that duty, and their negligence led to your injuries. I’ve got years of experience doing just that.
First, I’ll investigate to make sure that you were a legal guest or customer at the property where you were injured. As long as you were on the property legally, the owner owed you some duty of care. Business owners generally owe a higher duty of care to their customers than homeowners owe to guests since they often profit by inviting customers in. As part of your slip-and-fall lawsuit, I can help you gather the evidence necessary to show how the property owner is liable for your injuries.
What Type of Evidence Can Prove Negligence?
Some common types of evidence used in slip-and-fall cases include:
- Eyewitness accounts
- Medical records
- Surveillance footage
- Expert testimony
- Photos from the scene
- Accident reports
How a Slip-and-Fall Lawyer Can Help
You deserve the maximum financial compensation for your injuries in a slip-and-fall case. To get it, you’ll need ironclad evidence to support your claim. As a slip-and-fall accident lawyer, I can help find that evidence and build a solid case for full and fair compensation. While you focus on healing, I can take care of all the legal work, making the experience as stress-free as possible for you. Call my office or fill out my contact form to start the process of learning how to win a slip and fall case.
For 18 years, I have helped injury victims in Southern Colorado. I handle plaintiffs’ personal injury cases, such as slip and fall accidents and car crashes. My focus on civil litigation and personal injury works to my clients’ advantage, as there is a lot to know and a lot of subtleties in the law. Take slip and fall accidents, for example. There are different categories of how victims are classified when it comes to being hurt on someone else’s property. I know what facts are important and how to prove what is needed to be successful with your case.