Although a trip and fall can be dangerous for anyone, they are particularly dangerous for the brittle bones of the elderly. A slip and fall can cause serious injuries. If a property owner was to blame, victims of a fall can be compensated for losses in some cases.
People often feel stupid after they fall. After all, they think, why didn’t I see that? It’s because you do not have eyes on your feet, and you look forward, not down, when you walk. Architects and engineers usually carefully design walkways to be safe, and incorporate visual aids such as planters, lights, bright paint and other warning devices. When not properly designed, cleaned or maintained, it is easy to unintentionally lose your footing. So don’t feel stupid, it may not have been your fault.
Common causes of falls include:
Uneven floor surfaces
Floor transition in elevation (especially when the two are of similar color)
Slippery floors from substances
Objects on floors
Important Steps to Take After a Slip and Fall Accident:
- Medical Help: Your health is your top priority. Seek medical attention immediately, even if the injury seems minor. Having your injury documented by a medical professional will provide proof if you choose to seek compensation for your medical bills.
- Document Everything: Document the exact time and location where you fell, if there were dangerous conditions, if there were any posted warning signs, and write down the circumstances. Take photos of the conditions if possible.
- Report It: If you fell in a store, apartment building, or even in a friend’s home, make sure you report it to the manager, homeowner or landlord. Ask them to make a report of the accident and obtain a copy before you leave.
- Call an Attorney: When considering legal action, call an experienced personal injury attorney. As many slip and fall cases are difficult to prove, you will need an attorney to recover the compensation you deserve.
If you are suffering an injury due to a slip and fall incident, contact us today at (954) 913-CASE (2273) for a complimentary consultation to see if you are eligible for financial compensation.
Prior Slip and Fall Verdict and Settlement handled by Mr. Cutler and/or Mr. Rader:
$150,000 verdict for woman who broke her foot after she slipped and fell on missing tile on floor.
$195,000 settlement when a man who was already disabled re-fractured his foot when he fell.
$195,000 settlement for man who was knocked off his bicycle and suffered a broken pelvis.
$1,000,000: Plaintiff fell down a flight of stairs. We were able to show the cause of the fall was because of loose treading on the top of the stair. The injury seemed like a sprained ankle but developed into a Regional Chronic Pain Syndrome; a painful and devastating foot injury.