Understanding Slip-and-Fall Compensation

Even minor injuries can produce major expenses, which is why hiring a personal injury attorney to get you the slip-and-fall compensation you deserve is essential.

Summary

  • Slip-and-falls are a common cause of injury, and property owners can be held liable if they fail to maintain a safe environment.
  • Injuries from slip-and-falls can range from minor bumps to serious fractures and head injuries.
  • Common causes of slip-and-falls include uneven surfaces, spills, and poor lighting.
  • If you suffer a slip-and-fall accident, document the scene, seek medical attention, and consult with a personal injury lawyer to explore compensation options.

Slip-and-fall accidents are one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries in the United States. Every year, millions of people find themselves unexpectedly hitting the ground, often due to hazards on someone else’s property. While some falls might result in a minor scrape or bruise, others can lead to serious injuries with lasting consequences.

If you are injured in a slip-and-fall accident due to someone else’s negligence, you deserve compensation for the physical pain, emotional trauma, and financial burdens it causes. The team of dedicated personal injury lawyers at Werner, Hoffman, Greig & Garcia can help you defend your rights and obtain the compensation you deserve.

To learn more, you can contact us online or call us at (800) 320-HELP.

The Basics of Slip-and-Fall Accidents

Millions of people visit emergency rooms each year for slip-trip-and-fall injuries. While some falls might result in a minor bump or bruise, others can lead to serious injuries with long-lasting consequences.

Premise liability is a legal doctrine that holds property owners responsible for the safety of visitors on their property. This means that if a visitor gets injured due to a dangerous condition on the property that the owner knew about or should have known about, the owner may be liable for the visitor’s injuries.

Common Injuries from Slip-and-Fall Accidents

The impact of a slip-and-fall accident can vary greatly depending on the severity of the fall and the way you land. While some falls might result in a scraped knee or a bruised elbow, others can lead to serious injuries that require extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation.

Some of the most common injuries associated with slip-and-fall accidents include:

  • Soft tissue injuries: Soft tissue injuries include sprains, strains, and contusions (bruises). These injuries can cause significant pain, swelling, and difficulty moving the affected area.
  • Bone fractures: Falls often cause broken bones, especially in older adults or people with weakened bones. Common fractures from slip-and-fall accidents include broken wrists, hips, and ankles. These injuries can be very painful and require surgery, casting, or physical therapy to heal properly.
  • Head injuries: A blow to the head during a fall can lead to serious head injuries, even if there’s no external bleeding. Concussions are a common type of head injury that can cause symptoms like dizziness, headache, nausea, and confusion. More severe falls can result in skull fractures or traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) which can have lasting consequences.
  • Back and neck injuries: The back and neck are particularly vulnerable in a fall. Injuries can range from whiplash to spinal cord injuries. These injuries can cause pain, limited mobility, and nerve damage that can significantly impact a person’s daily life.

This is not an exhaustive list, and any part of the body can be injured in a slip-and-fall accident. If you experience a fall, even if you think your injuries are minor, it’s crucial to seek medical attention to ensure a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Your medical records will also be helpful if you need to file a claim for compensation later on.

Common Causes of Slip-and-Fall Accidents

Slip-and-fall accidents are usually caused by some sort of hazard or obstacle. Here are some of the most common culprits:

  • Uneven flooring: Cracked pavement, uneven sidewalks, potholes, and loose carpeting are all potential tripping hazards. Property owners have a responsibility to ensure their floors are in good repair and free from tripping dangers. Uneven flooring can also lead to ladder or scaffolding accidents where an individual loses their balance and falls from a significant height.
  • Spills: Spilled food, drinks, cleaning products, or other debris left on the floor can create slippery surfaces and lead to falls. This includes spills in grocery stores, restaurants, or even on public sidewalks where someone might have dropped something.
  • Poor lighting: Dim or inadequate lighting can make it difficult to navigate. This is especially true in stairwells, parking garages, or outdoor walkways at night. Property owners should ensure proper lighting in all areas accessible to the public.

Property owners and managers have a responsibility to keep their properties safe and clear of slipping hazards. Failing to do so leaves them liable for any accidents that may occur on the premises.

Compensation for Slip-and-Fall Accident Victims

Victims of slip-and-fall accidents often suffer serious injuries and may be left with medical bills and other financial burdens. If your injury was caused by a property owner’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for damages such as:

  • Medical expenses: This includes past, present, and future medical bills associated with treating your injuries. This could cover ambulance costs, emergency room visits, doctor appointments, physical therapy, medications, and surgeries.
  • Lost wages: If you’re unable to work due to your injuries, lost wages can be compensated. This includes both salary and benefits you would have earned during your recovery period.
  • Pain and suffering: This covers the physical and emotional pain you experience due to the slip-and-fall accident. While difficult to quantify, pain and suffering can be a significant component of your compensation.
  • Property damage: In some cases, if your personal belongings (like a phone or glasses) are damaged in the fall, you might be able to recover compensation for repairs or replacement.

It’s important to note that some states, including Florida, have comparative negligence laws. This means that if you’re found to be partially at fault for the accident, your compensation may be reduced.  For example, if you were texting and walking when you slipped on a wet floor, the court might determine you share some blame and reduce your compensation accordingly.

Taking Action After a Slip-and-Fall Accident

A slip-and-fall accident can be painful and disorienting, but your actions in the aftermath can significantly impact your ability to recover compensation. Here are some crucial steps:

  • Document the scene: If possible, take photos of the location where you fell, the hazard that caused the fall, and any visible injuries you sustained. If possible, try to gather contact information from any witnesses. This documentation can be crucial evidence later.
  • Report the accident:  Report the accident to the property owner or manager as soon as possible.
  • Seek medical attention immediately: This is the most important step. Even if your injuries seem minor, it’s crucial to get checked out by a doctor. This will not only ensure your health and well-being, but also create a medical record documenting your injuries and their connection to the fall.

Call a Trustworthy Slip-and-Fall Accident Lawyer at WHG

Slip-and-fall accidents can be life-altering events, causing physical pain, emotional distress, and financial hardship. If you’ve been injured in a slip-and-fall accident due to someone else’s negligence, don’t hesitate to seek legal counsel.

A personal injury lawyer can be your strongest advocate throughout the entire process, helping you navigate the legal system, secure the compensation you deserve, and move forward with your life. Your attorney can assist by:

  • Gathering evidence:  An experienced slip-and-fall lawyer knows how to collect and preserve evidence that strengthens your case. This can include medical records, photographs, witness statements, and accident reports.
  • Negotiating with insurance companies: Insurance companies often try to minimize payouts or deny claims altogether.  A lawyer can handle communication with the insurance company on your behalf, ensuring your rights are protected and negotiating a fair settlement.
  • Representing you in court: If your case goes to court, your slip-and-fall accident lawyer will represent you and advocate for your best interests during the legal proceedings.

At Werner, Hoffman, Greig & Garcia, our experienced personal injury lawyers understand the complexities of slip-and-fall cases. We are dedicated to helping victims recover compensation for their injuries and hold negligent parties accountable.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about how we can help you get back on your feet. Call us at (800) 320-HELP or contact us online to get started.


Frequently Asked Questions

What steps should I take immediately after a slip-and-fall accident to protect my rights?

Immediately after a slip-and-fall accident, you should seek medical attention for any injuries you’ve sustained. After that, gather evidence like photos or witness information, report the accident to the owner or manager of the property, and contact a slip-and-fall accident lawyer.

How can I prove liability in a slip-and-fall injury case?

To prove liability, you must show that the property owner had a duty to keep their property safe, that they breached that duty, that their actions caused your fall, and that you suffered damages as a result of that fall.

What types of compensation can I seek in a slip-and-fall injury lawsuit?

You can seek compensation for damages including medical bills, rehab costs, lost wages, emotional distress, or pain and suffering. Speak with a qualified slip-and-fall accident lawyer for an assessment of the damages you can seek in your case.

No Win, No Fee Commitment

Werner, Hoffman, Greig & Garcia is committed to helping you rebuild your life after a hardship. We are not just your legal team—we are your allies, your partners, and your advocates. We will do everything we can to handle your case with compassion and care, and to get you the results you need!

“And for every fight we take on, know this…we are doing everything we can to make sure we win!”

— Werner, Hoffman, Greig & Garcia

Werner, Hoffman, Greg
Adam Werner Author Box Headshot

About the Author

Adam Werner is a partner and practicing attorney at WHG. He specializes in personal injury cases, workers’ compensation claims, and veteran disability benefits. He routinely writes about personal injury and workers comp topics for the Werner, Hoffman, Greig & Garcia blog

Schedule A Free Consultation

Se Habla Espanol