Serious Personal Injury
Slip and Fall
A “slip and fall” is the generic term for an injury which occurs when someone slips, trips or falls as a result of a dangerous or hazardous condition on someone else's property. We have represented clients in slip and fall cases against numerous supermarkets, municipalities, convenience stores, schools, department stores, office buildings, restaurants and shopping centers. If liability can be clearly proven, it is probable that a settlement can be obtained at full value. In resolving a slip and fall case, those in which critical evidence has been obtained early are usually the easiest to settle out of court. However, if a jury trial becomes necessary, this evidence becomes the crucial factor in proving liability and damages.
Here are some things you can do to ensure that you have maximized your potential for recovery:
- Immediately report your accident to the property owner.
- Try to get the name and phone number of any people who may have witnessed your fall.
- Place the shoes which you were wearing at the time of the accident in a plastic bag and tape it shut so that any material stuck to the shoes will remain.
- Store all of the articles of clothing you were wearing at the time of the accident in a plastic bag. Do not wash them before storage.
- If you have a camera at the time of the accident, have someone take pictures of the accident scene, your clothing and shoes, and any warnings signs that might be in the area surrounding the accident scene.
- If you have suffered any visible damage to your body (i.e., cuts, scrapes and bruises) have someone take photographs or permit our investigator to take them.
- Go to the hospital emergency room immediately if you are in any pain whatsoever. Do not be afraid to tell the doctor about every area of your body in which you are experiencing pain.
- DO NOT discuss or make any statements about your case with any employees or insurance representatives of the property owner, without first speaking with your lawyer.
- DO NOT accept any forms of payment or sign any releases without speaking to your lawyer. Doing so could waive your right to recovery.
Things You Can Do If You Have Been Injured By An Animal:
- If you have recently been severely injured by an animal and have not sought medical attention, you should do so immediately.
- Immediately report your accident to the police and request a copy of the police accident report.
- Try to obtain the name and contact information of the animal owner.
- Try to get the name and contact information of any people who witnessed your attack.
- Try to take photographs of the animal which caused your injuries and the location of the accident.
- Try to take photographs of any visible injuries you have suffered as result of the incident with the animal or permit our investigator to accomplish this.
- Do not have any communication with the owner of the animal or the owner's insurance company. If you accept any form of compensation, you may waive your right to sue for additional damages.
- Try to save any clothing that may have been damaged by the animal.
- Please save and, if possible, take photographs of any property damage caused by the animal.