Slip and Fall Accidents
If you slip and fall to the ground, whether you slip, trip or fall in some other way, you may be entitled to compensation if the cause of your slip and fall was a dangerous condition. There are many types of dangerous conditions that might cause you to slip and fall, such as snow and ice, potholes, raised areas of sidewalks, or parking lots that are poorly maintained.
We at Glynn Mercep and Purcell, LLP have handled literally thousands of slip and fall accident cases for over forty years. While people occasionally will be caused to slip or fall because of a minor defect, as opposed to a condition that is clearly dangerous, you may still be entitled to compensation. It is up to us as your lawyers to investigate the cause of your slip and fall accident, review pictures of the scene and do our legal research to determine if you have a viable claim that an insurance company would entertain and that the courts will sustain. Slip and fall accidents are sometimes complicated because of issues such as notice to the owner of the property, especially if you fall on government property. In addition, while most medical bills incurred as a result of a slip and fall accident are covered by health insurance, there are complicated issues concerning whether your insurance company might make a claim against any recovery you obtain.
If you have in fact slip and fell in some other way, and you sustained personal injuries for which you undergo treatment, our experienced lawyers will counsel you, investigate the facts of your accident, review your medical records and fight for adequate compensation with the property owner’s insurance company. This compensation could include pain and suffering from your injury, loss of wages or other income, loss of enjoyment of life’s activities, and other areas of damage.
Slip and fall accidents fall under the heading of a premises liability in that you sustained your injury on premises owned by someone other than you. Almost all owners of premises have liability insurance to cover injuries from accidents.
Below is a list of just some of the types of accidents that fall under this category of premises liability:
- Tripping over a pothole;
- Tripping over a raised sidewalk or parking lot;
- Slipping and falling on snow or ice;
- Slipping on water (perhaps in a supermarket, someone’s home or local mall or shopping center);
- Falling on a stairway (that does not have proper handrails);
- Falling over an obstruction in a store;
- Ski accidents;
- Ice skating rink accidents;
- Falling as the result being on a premises, such as a roller/ice rink, that is allowed to become overly crowded;
Every incident described above can be the subject of a claim against the premise’s owner. You must have sustained an injury which requires treatment by a physician and have at least some complaints as the result of that injury. However, there are some conditions on premises that are so obvious to pedestrians that the courts will not allow a successful claim. All such slip and fall accidents should be discussed with a lawyer and investigated to determine if there is potential for a claim against the premise’s owner.
If you have been injured as the result of a slip and fall accident, and required medical treatment, call our offices at Glynn Mercep and Purcell, LLP and set up a free consultation with one of our attorneys. If we agree to take your case and attempt to obtain compensation for you, you will not have to pay us as our fee comes out of the recovery we get for you.