According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, slip and fall accidents caused 26 percent of reported workplace injuries. These accidents are among the top three causes of preventable injury-related deaths; falls, poisoning, and motor vehicle accidents account for 83 percent of avoidable deaths.
Despite the commonality of premises liability and slip and fall accidents, recovering compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering can be challenging to navigate. Insurance companies frequently do not take the fall or resulting injuries seriously, and they spend significant resources disputing fault. If you attempted to handle your case independently, chances are you will not receive a settlement large enough to cover all of your medical bills. That is why hiring experienced trip and fall attorneys after you've been hurt is so important.
If you sustain injuries in a slip and fall accident, following these steps will ensure you have the documentation, records, and care in the event you need to file a personal injury lawsuit:
Seek medical attention. Slip and fall injuries can be severe, and your health, or the health of your family member who fell, takes priority. Visit the nearest emergency room for an examination and x-rays. The visit helps you start medical treatment and produces medical records that may later prove critical to your claim.
Report the accident. Depending on where you fell, report the accident to someone in charge. This individual may be a manager if you tripped and fell at a fast-food restaurant or store. If you tripped over loose or uneven stairs at your apartment building, report it to your landlord. If you had a sidewalk accident, contact the city. For parking lot accidents, the lot belongs to the business, and you need to report the accident to the owner. For accidents at another person’s home, report it to the homeowner. Find whoever has control of the property and let them know there was an accident. Ask them to make an accident report and give you a copy when they finish it.
Document the accident. Start by taking pictures of the accident scene. Make sure you catch any dangerous conditions, including uneven floors, tree roots, icy spots, unrepaired stairs, or any obstacle that caused you to trip. Find witnesses and get their contact information, including names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses. Even the clothes and shoes you wore at the time of the accident could become evidence. Keep them somewhere safe.
DO NOT speak to insurance adjusters. The business’ or landlord’s insurance company may reach out to take a recorded statement from you. Do not voluntarily talk to them. You risk taking blame or will give words to twist. Talk to a personal injury attorney before you provide any statements or speak to the property owner or landlord about the accident.
Do not share or post anything on social media. Cases discussed on social media wave attorney-client privilege and ruined your chances of a fair settlement. Do not make share details of your accident on social media ever!
Call our firm. If you experience a slip and fall, reach out to Raphaelson & Levine to help. We frequently handle these cases and know the challenges involved. Our efforts often bring in more significant settlements for clients than if they pursued the matter alone.
Injuries from slip and fall accidents may be serious, especially if the victim is elderly. Common injuries from these accidents include:
Many of these injuries are not a mere failure to pay attention. While icy sidewalks and slippery floors are frequent hazards, there are less well-known causes too. Examples of slip and fall accidents include:
A slip and fall can happen anywhere and under unpredictable circumstances. The only thing they have in common is that they are usually not the accident victims’ fault--despite what an insurance adjuster insists. That is why you need solid legal representation in your corner when you sustain slip and fall injuries.
If you've suffered injuries in a slip, trip, or fall accident, a personal injury attorney can help preserve your rights and increase your likelihood of receiving fair compensation. Raphaelson & Levine Law Firm has recovered over $700 Million in verdicts and settlements, including million-dollar slip and fall case results. Our attorneys are available for a free consultation via Zoom, phone, or in-person at our law office located across from Penn Station in Midtown-Manhattan.
Contact our law firm online or call 212-268-3222 today for a free consultation.