Slip and Fall
One of the most frequent of cause of personal injury are Slip and Fall accidents. Slip and falls are entirely too common and can cause serious injury. These injuries can range from mild to severe and life-threatening.
If you or a loved one was hurt in a slip and fall, you may have the legal right to obtain compensation for your injuries from the person or company responsible for your accident. A slip and fall lawyer at the Law Office of Diana B. Berlin can help you protect your rights and fight for your maximum compensation.
Where Slip and Fall Accidents Occur?
Slip and falls can happen almost anywhere;
• Grocery Stores
• Stairs & Walkways
• Private Homes
In many situations, the victim of a slip and fall is on someone else’s property when the accident happens and can take legal action against the property owner if this owner was negligent in some way.
How Do Slip and Fall Accidents Happen?
When you are at someone’s property or out in a public location, different risk factors increase your chances of slipping and falling. Common reasons for slip and fall accidents include:
• Changes in flooring surface (from tile to carpet for example).
• Slippery or slick floors.
• Ice or snow.
• Uneven pavement or gravel.
• Cracks in sidewalks or flooring.
• Stairs that are too steep, that have broken handrails or that have narrow treads.
• Debris or foreign objects in walkways.
• Dips or rises in the height of the floor or ground (such as a small step down).
Many slip and fall accidents can be prevented with proper maintenance and by exercising reasonable care in making a property safe for visitors. If there are hazards that cannot be fixed or corrected, the property owner or renter needs to adequately warn visitors in order to avoid injury.
Taking Legal Action After a Slip and Fall
When a slip and fall accident happens, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against the person who owned the property or who was renting and responsible for the upkeep and maintenance on the property. In order to be able to file a slip and fall claim, you need to prove:
• That the owner or renter had an obligation to you to make the property safe.
• That the owner fell short in fulfilling his obligation.
• That you suffered harm as a result of the owner’s actions.
Proving these elements can be complicated, especially since there are specific rules about how evidence is collected and presented in a courtroom. A slip and fall attorney at Becker Law Office can help you to gather necessary evidence and to make your case for damages.
Types of Slip and Fall Injuries
When you are hurt in a slip and fall, the amount of money you can recover from the property owner or renter who was responsible for the accident will vary depending upon how badly you were hurt. Common injuries that result from slip and fall accidents include:
• Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
• Spinal cord injury
• Neck, shoulder and back injuries
• Knee injuries. Injuries to the knee from a fall can include damage to soft tissues including sprains, strains and tears
These and other slip and fall injuries can have serious consequences and you may be forced to undergo lengthy and expensive medical treatments and rehabilitation. Your ability to work may be affected and you likely will be in ongoing pain.
The law allows you to be “made whole” for these losses. You can obtain compensation for all of these costs and consequences of fall accidents including payment of medical bills, lost income/wages, pain and suffering damages and emotional distress damages. If the fall leads to a death, then surviving family members can also recover compensation for loss of companionship and other wrongful death damages.
If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation. The negligent party may be responsible for your medical bills, lost wages, as well as other financial and possibly emotional damages. Our law firm always offers a free initial consultation on all cases and we are only paid if we win, which means that there is never a fee unless we successfully resolve your case. If you need our help and immediate assistance, call us now (818) 757-7292 or contact us online today!