Slip, Trip & Fall

  • Street & Sidewalk Injuries
  • Building and Store Falls

 

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Falls, either as a result of tripping, slipping or other reasons, are some of the most common types of accidents causing injuries. If you are injured on a sidewalk, street, school – or other city owned premises owned or maintained by a municipality, (city, village or town) special guidelines apply. When making a claim against a municipality it is generally required to give a written notice of the claim within ninety (90) days after the accident. Call us immediately so that the proper claim can be filed in time. This notice of claim process has very specific requirements including the date and time of the accident, the manner in which it occurred, the exact location and the nature of the injuries sustained. Additionally, sometimes the condition which caused the accident is changed or fixed soon after the accident takes place. As such, we will immediately go to the scene of the accident, take photos and gather any evidence needed to pursue the claim.

Frequently Asked Questions

1) What are some locations where trip/slip and falls occur?

Slip, Trip and Fall accidents typically occur when unsafe conditions cause a person to slip or trip and fall. Falls can occur indoors or outdoors, and they can happen anywhere. Department stores, banks, hotels, theaters, buildings, stairs, grocery stores, train stations and sidewalks are among the numerous places slip, trip and fall accidents can occur.

Common causes of slip/trip and fall accidents include:
• Broken, cracked or an uneven sidewalk
• Broken, cracked or uneven tiles in a building or store
• Carpets or mats that are not flush with the ground and not properly secured
• Water or other liquid substances creating a slippery floor
• Merchandise on the floor of a store or sticking out of a shelf causing a tripping hazard
• Leaking pipes, ceilings or radiators creating a slippery condition
• Missing lighting or broken light fixtures in a stairway or hallway
• Failing to put up signs to warn people of slippery or broken floors

2) What do you need to prove legally to win a trip/slip and fall action?

In order to win a Slip, Trip & Fall case , an injured person must prove that the building owner or its agents were negligent and that they failed to do something they should have done, or, did something that they should not have done and this negligence was a substantial factor in causing that person’s injuries. Often people will tell us that they slipped on a wet condition in a building. The law requires that we prove notice of a dangerous condition or show that the condition existed for such a long time that the building super, store owner or management should have known about it and made the area safe.

In many cases the property owner can be held responsible for negligence if he or she failed to maintain the property in a safe condition. Many Slip, Trip and Fall accidents happen on property owned by a city, company or individual. These entities have a duty to ensure that their premises are safe. Dangerous conditions that can cause someone to slip, trip and fall include broken or uneven flooring; slipping on wet floors; poorly lit areas; broken, loose or missing handrails and snow and ice. Seen or unseen dangers such as disrepair, poor maintenance, debris or potholes can cause a Slip, Trip and Fall injury.

 3) Are my hospital or medical bills covered by the building’s insurance company?

If you are injured in a building or store there are certain circumstances where the insurance company for the building or store can cover your medical expenses. However, in most cases the insurance company will want you to waive your claim to a personal injury lawsuit.

4) What should I do if I tripped on something broken or slipped on a wet surface?

Slip, Trip & Fall accidents can be very difficult to prove, and property owners will do anything to avoid responsibility for the harm that has come to you. Since many of the conditions that lead to slip, trip and fall injuries can be quickly repaired or cleaned up after an accident it is important to immediately take photographs of the accident location. Many people have cell phones with a camera. This can be used immediately at the time of the accident if you are able to do so.

Also, if you are in a store or other commercial locations, you should request that you speak with the manager of the store and have them complete an accident/incident report. Make sure you ask for a copy of the report.

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