Slip and fall
Mesa Slip and fall lawyers
Slip and fall and trip and fall accidents are more prevalent and dangerous than you may think. Not all slip and fall and trip and fall accidents show injuries immediately. Some are discovered days after the incident, while others can leave the victim paralyzed instantly.
It takes only one fall to throw your life out of balance. You might not be able to work for some time or be able to afford medical assistance. Slip and fall accidents can result in high medical bills, which may be tough to cover if you’re not working. It’s a vicious circle.
Slip and fall and trip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, especially high traffic areas in public establishments and are caused by a variety conditions like supermarket spills, height variances in walkways, damage to walkways and defective stairs.
According to the OSHA (U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupation Safety and Health Administration) reports, slip and fall and trip and fall accidents are responsible for 15% of all serious injuries and accidental deaths. Nearly 540,000 accidents require medical attention.
Is negligence the cause of your slip and fall or trip and fall accident?
Property owners or business operators frequently blame the victim for their slip and fall or trip and fall accident, but many times it’s the opposite. Slip and fall and trip and fall accidents are usually avoidable, but they occur because of negligence by the property owner or business operator.
Under the law, property owners and business operators owe a duty of care to others. This means that they need to maintain the property in such a condition that it’s reasonably safe for customers, invited guests, and the public.
Common causes for slip and fall and trip and fall accidents
The most common causes of slip and fall and trip and fall accidents are:
- Poor housekeeping and cleaning
- Dangerous surfaces
- Wet floors
- High polished floors
- Uneven transitioning from one surface to another
- Freshly waxed surfaces
Have you been injured during a fall? It’s critical to seek out the services of a professional attorney immediately. Contact us today!
Types of slip and fall and trip and fall injuries
The most common injuries sustained in slip and fall and trip and fall accidents are fractured and broken bones. However, knee injuries, shoulder, hip, hand and wrist, and head injuries may also occur.
If you get injured in a slip and fall or trip and fall accident, you should:
- Immediately call 911 so you could get prompt medical attention
- Fill out an accident report and keep a copy of it (you can also take a photo of it)
- Make sure you get the names of employees or managers. Avoid having a discussion with them about liability, circumstance, etc. as this might hurt your case
- Save the shoes and footwear that you were wearing
- Document the condition of the premises and scene of the accident. You can take photos or record a video
- Collect contact information from all witnesses
- Contact Schenk Podolsky for a free consultation
How do slip and fall and trip and fall accident cases work?
Slip and fall and trip and fall accident claims fall under the broad umbrella of premises liability claims. Under premises liability, you can find other types of cases, but slip and fall and trip and fall accidents are the most common.
Premises owners have the legal obligation, also known as “duty of care,” to maintain the property reasonably safe and hazard-free. This doesn’t mean that they have to keep their premises 100% safe, but it does mean that they need to take the necessary steps and precautions to keep people on the premises safe from unreasonably dangerous conditions that they knew about.
If property owner or business operator fails to uphold this duty, they are negligent and legally responsible for your injuries.
The property owner doesn’t need to be the direct cause of the unsafe conditions for them to be responsible. If the dangerous conditions were caused by someone else, e.g., an employee or lessee, the property owner or business operator can still be liable if they knew or should have known about the danger.
Why hire a slip and fall and trip and fall attorney at Schenk Podolsky?
Slip and fall and trip and fall lawsuits usually mean that the victim is going up against someone who has significantly more legal resources like a corporation or government agency. Having a slip and fall and trip and fall attorney from Schenk Podolsky to represent you will level the playing field and give you better chances of receiving the compensation you’re owed. Attorneys at our office are well skilled and knowledgeable professionals. Contact us for a free consultation today!
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4140 E Baseline Rd, Suite 101
Mesa, AZ 85206-4677