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What Is A Slip And Fall Accident?

By Walton Law APCSeptember 13, 2023April 3rd, 2024No Comments

Slip and fall accidents are a leading cause of injury hospitalizations. You can hold the property owner responsible if your slip and fall were the result of their careless actions. You should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney to seek compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.  

Typical Slip and Fall Accidents Constituting a Lawsuit  

Slip and fall accidents can occur because of several reasons, such as: 

  • Wet and slippery stairs 
  • Cracked or broken walkways 
  • Uneven flooring 
  • Damaged or loose carpeting
  • Broken railings or staircases
  • Potholes in parking lots
  • Trash and debris on walkways 

Proving a Slip and Fall Claim 

You cannot sue a property owner just because you slipped and fell on their property. You will need to prove the following to seek compensation: 

  • That you were owed a duty of care 
  • That the duty of care was breached 
  • That the breach caused your injuries 
  • That you experienced losses and damages because of the breach 

All property owners must ensure their property is reasonably safe. You should consult with a competent attorney if you think your fall is because the property owner or manager did not properly maintain their property.  

Slip and Fall Accidents on Public Transportation 

Commuters routinely fall while using public transportation. You may have a claim if your fall was because of someone else’s negligence. Look around you – was the fall because the floor was wet or something was obstructing your path? You must speak with a capable personal injury attorney following the accident. There are strict procedural requirements and deadlines for claims involving public transportation agencies.  

Gathering Evidence for a Slip and Fall Lawsuit 

Like most people, you probably don’t want a slip and fall to ruin your day. You may be tempted to brush it off and get on with your day. About this, you should take your fall seriously. Slip and fall accidents can result in muscle strains or tears, knee injuries, dislocated shoulders, neck injuries, cuts, bruises, hip injuries, sprained wrists or ankles, and more.  

While you can seek compensation for your injuries, you will need to prove that someone else was responsible for the slip and fall. These are a few steps that can help you document the experience and the injuries: 

  • Make videos: You should take photographs and make videos of the circumstances resulting in your fall. For instance, maybe the floor is wet without a sign, or the flooring is broken. There could be objects in your path. You need to gather evidence that proves the slip and fall was due to someone else’s negligence, even if partially.  
  • Witness information: You should get the names and contact information of witnesses. Your attorney will speak with them to prepare a stronger claim against the responsible party.  
  • Get medical attention: You should also get checked out by a healthcare professional as soon as you can. Your medical records are essential for determining the compensation you deserve.  

Our Capable and Resourceful Personal Injury Lawyers are Ready to Fight for You 

At Walton Law, APC, our experienced personal injury attorneys have the legal knowledge and resources required to hold the accountable party responsible. Don’t delay in seeking legal representation or you may miss the statute of limitations deadline. To request your free, no-obligation consultation, call us at (866) 338-7079 or complete this online form.