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How Will a Premises liability Legal Expert Handle My Personal injury claim?
Handling a slip-and-fall case on your own can be challenging, especially when dealing with tactics employed by negligent property owners and their insurance companies.
At MVP Accident Attorneys, a slip-and-fall lawyer can help by:
- Meeting with you at a free consultation
- Evaluating your case
- Investigating the accident and gathering evidence
- Negotiating with the insurance company for a fair settlement
- Representing you in court (if necessary)
At MVP Accident Attorneys, our slip-and-fall lawyers have the resources, skills, and expertise to gather crucial evidence, such as photos of the accident scene, surveillance footage, witness statements, medical records, and maintenance records. Our legal team understands the importance of acting quickly to preserve evidence and ensure a comprehensive case.
We will handle every aspect of your case, including all communication with the insurance company, to ensure you receive maximum compensation for your injuries and other damages.
What Makes Slip and fall Accidents So Dangerous?
Falling accidents pose significant dangers to individuals. The impact of a fall can lead to various injuries, including broken bones, head trauma, spinal cord damage, and soft tissue injuries. These injuries can result in pain, suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, and a diminished quality of life. Additionally, slip and fall accidents can cause emotional distress, stress, and anxiety, further impacting the well-being of the injured individual.
What Are the Common Causes of Falling Accidents?
Slip and fall accidents can occur due to various factors, such as, Occupational Health and Safety violations in the workplace, poor maintenance, lack of signage, poor lighting, and other dangers including:
Wet or slippery floors, uneven surfaces, loose rugs or mats, and inadequate lighting can contribute to slip and fall accidents.
Neglected maintenance, such as broken stairs, cracked sidewalks, or damaged handrails, can create dangerous conditions that increase the risk of falls.
Spills and debris.
Spilled liquids, food, or other substances left unattended or not promptly cleaned can create hazardous conditions, making individuals more prone to slipping and falling.
Inadequate warning signs
Failure to place safety signs or take cautionary measures in areas where there are potential dangers, such as recently waxed floors or construction zones, can lead to slip-and-fall accidents.
Common Injuries in Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can result in various injuries, including:
- Fractures and broken bones
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
Falls in older adults can be especially devastating, resulting in slow-healing injuries, strokes, multiple fractures, and other serious harm.
Why It’s Important to Act Quickly After a Fall on Someone’s Property
Acting swiftly to gather evidence is crucial after a slip-and-fall accident.
The key reasons for this include:
Preserving the Scene
The property owner or manager may clean up or repair the hazardous condition that caused your fall, removing essential evidence. Taking photographs or videos of the accident scene, including the hazardous condition, can help establish liability.
Collecting statements from witnesses who observed the accident and their contact information is vital. Memories fade over time, so gathering witness statements promptly ensures accurate and reliable accounts of the incident.
Seeking immediate medical attention after a slip and fall accident is essential for both your well-being and the strength of your case. Medical records, diagnoses, and treatment plans provide valuable evidence of the extent and nature of your injuries.
Reporting the accident to the property owner or manager and requesting an incident report creates an official record of the incident, documenting the details and your injuries.
Tactics of Negligent Property Owners
Negligent property owners may employ various tactics to undermine your slip and fall claim and avoid liability.
Some of these tactics include:
Cleaning up or repairing the hazard
A negligent property owner may quickly clean up or repair the hazardous condition that caused your slip and fall accident. By doing so, they attempt to eliminate the evidence and make it challenging to prove that their negligence led to your injuries. Acting swiftly to gather evidence can help preserve the condition as it was at the time of the accident.
Hiding or destroying evidence
In some cases, a negligent property owner may intentionally hide or destroy evidence related to the slip and fall accident. This can include surveillance footage, maintenance records, incident reports, or other crucial documentation that could support your claim. Acting promptly and gathering evidence before it is tampered with or destroyed is essential.
Property owners or their insurance companies may try to shift blame or deny liability altogether. They may argue that you were careless or that the hazardous condition was obvious and should have been avoided. An experienced slip-and-fall lawyer can help gather evidence and build a strong case to establish the property owner's negligence.
Offering inadequate settlements
Insurance companies representing negligent property owners may attempt to settle your claim quickly and for a minimal amount. They may pressure you into accepting an inadequate settlement before you fully understand the extent of your injuries and the long-term consequences. Having a slip-and-fall lawyer on your side ensures that you receive fair compensation for all accident-related damages.
Contact Us Today!
After a falling accident, you must speak with a slip-and-fall lawyer as soon as possible. Negligent property owners may employ tactics to undermine your claim, preventing you from obtaining the settlement you deserve.
A slip-and-fall lawyer at MVP Accident Attorneys can help you navigate the legal process, gather evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and fight for fair compensation. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
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Brett S. Sachs graduated from Michigan State University College of Law with Cum Laude Honors. While attending Michigan State, Brett was awarded for his service in the Michigan State University College of Law Civil Rights Clinic, where he represented prisoners of the Michigan Department of Corrections from injustices brought upon them. Learn more.
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