Aside from car collisions, slip-and-fall accidents are the leading cause of unintentional injuries nationwide. In fact, according to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), slip-and-falls are the top reason for visits to the emergency room and second leading cause of accidental deaths in nursing homes and assisted living communities. The most common causes of most slip-and-fall accidents are spilled liquid on floors, loose electrical cords, trash, insufficient lighting, damaged walkways, carpeting, freshly mopped floors and a lack of handrails.
Often times, others may be liable for your slip-and-fall accident—particularly restaurant/store owners and nursing home staff—because they knew or should have known of the dangerous condition that caused your accident, and failed to warn you or fix the problem. If this is the case, you will need to seek damages from these individuals to recover the cost of your medical bills, lost wages, as well as your pain and suffering. However, in order to prove your case, there are important steps you should follow after becoming injured from a slip-and-fall.
- Seek medical attention right away for your injuries. Make sure that you document where you received treatment, the doctor that treated you and keep track of your medical bills/expenses. When describing what happened to medical personnel, try to avoid statements that suggest you were responsible or at fault for the accident.
- If possible, file an incident report with local law enforcement or the owner of the property where your injury took place beforeleaving the establishment. Make sure to take a copy of the report and keep it for your records.
- NEVER sign any type of document before discussing the matter with your personal injury attorney. Property owners and managers may try to have you sign a waiver releasing them from liability for your accident.
- Try to take photos of the location where the incident occurred, any hazardous conditions that contributed to or caused your slip-and-fall as well as the surrounding area. If you carry a smartphone, use it to take these photographs.
- Finally, make sure to get the name(s) and contact information for any third party eyewitnesses who observed your accident. These witnesses can include other store patrons or nursing home patients, as well as employees and facility staff.
If you or a loved one was injured in a slip-and-fall or any type of accident, you should contact a qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible. At the Law Office of Jeremy Rosenthal, our lawyers have years of experience representing accident victims, and we will fight for the compensation you deserve and need to recover from your injuries. We will thoroughly investigate the cause(s) of your accident, including all parties who could be liable, and will help you understand your rights and legal options.
For a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Colorado lawyers, call us today for a free consultation at (303) 647-4511 or visit us online.