Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and Fall Accidents
A slip and painful fall can happen to anyone, and not only in adverse weather or extreme conditions. Most people will suffer a slip and fall at some point, and many of them will probably assume the incident is their fault without properly considering all the relevant factors.
Most states require the owners of stores, homes, parking lots, and walkways to maintain their property so that its conditions do not present an unreasonable hazard to visitors. This obligation includes a duty to keep the aisles, hallways, and floors of buildings in a well-maintained and reasonably safe state.
An owner of a home or public business also has a duty to warn you about any current hazards on the premises, whether it’s ongoing construction or something as simple as a wet floor. Violation of this obligation is another factor that can establish liability for injuries related to slips, trips, and falls.
Slip, trip, and fall accidents generally fall under the category of “premises liability” cases, which arise when a property owner or custodian neglects their duties to public safety; slip-and-fall accidents are one of the most common case types in the premises liability area. If you are injured because of a slip, trip, or fall incident related to property neglect, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, medical treatment, and lost wages.
If You’ve Been Involved in a Slip and Fall Accident, You Should:
- Seek medical attention immediately, both for treatment of your injuries and to obtain documentation of those injuries and any complications.
- Ask the business manager or landlord to make a report of the incident and provide you with a copy.
- Don’t make any statements of fault at the scene or try to establish fault before consulting with an attorney.
- Take pictures to document the date and time, the exact location of your fall, and conditions at the scene.
- Get contact information from any available witnesses.
- Place the shoes and clothing you were wearing in a place of safe storage, as they may be needed for evidence later.
- Call an experienced personal injury attorney. A capable attorney is an invaluable asset and your most important ally when it’s time to file a personal injury claim.
Call Hossley & Embry Today
If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury from a slip, trip, or fall due to someone else’s negligence, please contact Hossley Embry today by calling (866) 522-9265 or fill out our free case evaluation form; and we will be in touch promptly. We offer free consultations, and we have the resources available (including charter aircraft) to travel throughout Texas and the United States on short notice to investigate your potential claim.