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Slip and Fall Cases: Should You Contact an Attorney?

Posted: Monday, July 22, 2013 | By: George Andriotis
The most common personal injury lawsuits are those related to Slip & Fall injuries, which lead to nearly 1 million emergency room visits per year.

When faced with injuries sustained from such an accident, it is important to evaluate the situation, determine causation and establish liability. A reputable personal injury attorney can assist in deciphering who is liable for your injuries, estimate potential compensation and provide professional assistance throughout the duration of your case. They can also determine if your injuries were the result of a Step and Fall, Stump and Fall or Trip and Fall; the three types of Slip and Fall cases.

The Cause Of The Fall

To best determine what type of Slip and Fall case you have, it must be assessed whether your injuries were the result of one of the following:

  • Step and Fall
    A Step and Fall injury results from encountering an unexpected failure or hole while walking, such as stepping into a pothole while walking down a sidewalk and falling.
  • Stump and Fall
    A Stump and Fall injury is usually the result of tripping over an obstruction while walking. An uneven walkway created by a protruding tree stump or root can potentially lead to this type of injury.
  • Trip and Fall
    As the name suggests, a Trip and Fall injury is the result of an individual tripping over a foreign object on the ground. Something as simple as tripping over a child's toy lying on their bedroom floor can result in a trip and fall injury.

It is important to keep in mind that although you may have been injured due to a Slip and Fall accident, liability does not necessarily belong to the owner of the premises.

Fault Or Personal Negligence?

Common sense must dictate whether or not someone else is culpable for your injuries. Many times, our own negligence can result in injury, such as ignoring signs posted warning of imminent dangers or deciding to walk in certain areas that are obviously dangerous.

Determining Liability

Here are some tips on how to accurately determine liability when consulting with a professional:

  • Write down the location in which the injury occurred, including address.
  • Obtain names and contact information of any witnesses.
  • Be sure to take photos of the location, injuries and the cause of the accident. Smartphones can be very useful.
  • Seek medical treatment for your injuries, immediately.
  • Document the injury and accident with as much detail as possible.
  • Hire a reputable personal injury attorney.

Your Claim and Compensation

You may be entitled to compensation if injured as a result of a Slip & Fall injury, including pain and suffering, past, current & future medical bills and lost wages.

If you feel your injuries were the result of negligence of someone other than yourself and are seeking compensation, contact The Andriotis Firm immediately.