Can You Recover For A Slip And Fall Injury?
Woman's Voice: It happened in a split second. I was walking out the door and
reached for the hand railing. I didn't notice it at the time, but the bolts
which held the railing had rusted away. As I started down the stairs, the railing
gave way. I fell almost twenty feet. I've been in the hospital for two weeks,
and I don't think I'll ever be the same.
Slip and fall accidents occur every day. Whether the accident occurs on a stairway,
in a supermarket, on a sidewalk, or some other unsafe place, the injuries can
be severe. Extensive medical treatment, days or weeks off from work, and physical
impairment or disability are often the result.
If the accident occurs on someone else's property, there is a good chance
that the owner or occupant of the property has insurance coverage which includes
medical payments, insurance which will pay for your medical expenses without
regard to who or what caused the accident. But, to be paid for anything other
than your medical expenses ... such as lost wages, pain and suffering, impaired
function, or disability, you must establish two things. First, what caused the
accident, and second that someone was legally at fault.
In the above example, the cause was easily established ... the railing broke
away, but it must also be established that the owner or occupant of the property
either knew, or should have known, that the railing was bad, and failed to do
anything about it.
That's where an attorney can help. Sometimes the proof of liability is easy
to establish, but in most cases we find it requires a detailed examination of
the facts and often the opinion of one or more qualified experts. In this case,
for instance, there are a myriad of details to be taken care of. The scene of
the accident should be investigated and photographed as soon as possible, to
preserve any physical evidence ... witnesses should be interviewed ... compliance
with building codes or industry standards must be checked ... insurance coverage
verified, and the extent of injury, medical examinations and treatment the accident
victim has received must be evaluated, just to name a few.
If you've been injured in a slip and fall accident, we will be happy to talk
with you about your case. You can schedule an initial consultation with an attorney
in our office at no charge and with no obligation.