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What to Do in the Event of a Slip and Fall

Posted on in Personal Injury

slip and fall injuries, negligent property owner, slip and fall accident, San Jose personal injury attorneys, personal injury claimSlips and falls are among the leading causes of personal injuries. While suffering an incident like this in a public setting may be something you are tempted to brush off quickly out, downplaying it as minor or a mere embarrassment, it is important to be aware of the serious and lingering damages of which these accidents can result. In many cases, fault lies with the property owner, and you may be entitled to compensation for any medical expenses, lost wages, and ongoing pain you suffer.

Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that slips and falls are the third leading cause of death in the United States, and leave close to 50,000 people suffering severe injuries each year. On the surface these accidents may seem minor, but the fact is that any strong force or impact can result in serious harm, with symptoms that often do not occur for days or even weeks after the accident occurred.

Common types of slip and fall injuries include muscle strains and sprains, broken bones, back and neck injuries, and head trauma leading to concussions.

Slips and falls are often the result of negligence on the part of property owners who allow dangerous conditions to go unchecked. The NSC reports that among the most common causes of slip and fall accidents include:

  • Wet floors;
  • Blocked and cluttered aisles;
  • Uneven walkways;
  • Loose tile, carpeting, or other flooring materials;
  • Lack of handrails on steps and at heights;
  • Dim and inadequate lighting.

Any time a slip and fall occurs, regardless of how minor, you should report it to security and the property owner immediately. An accident report should be filled out, noting the date, time, and place the slip and fall occurred, along with the names of any witnesses at the scene. Get medical attention as soon as possible, and follow all doctor instructions in terms of work or activity restrictions and follow up care.

Holding Negligent Property Owners Accountable

Whether you are in a public park, shopping plaza, restaurant, or office building, a property owner has a legal duty to ensure the safety of visitors. In filing a premises liability claim in the California courts, these property owners, managers, and their employees can be held accountable for the following:

  • Negligence, in terms of how a property is owned, operated, or managed;
  • Willful failure to warn, for not taking the steps to notify visitors that a potentially dangerous condition existed;
  • Dangerous condition of public property. This is regardless of whether they knew or should have known about the hazards the condition of the property posed to others.

In the aftermath of your injury, you may be contacted by the property owner’s insurance company, looking to settle your claim. Before accepting an offer or signing any documents, contact Jachimowicz Law Group first. We can arrange a consultation with our passionate San Jose personal injury attorneys who can help ensure you get the maximum amount you are entitled to for the injuries you suffered. Call 408-246-5500 or contact us online today.

Source:

http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/pldpi0014.pdf

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