Slip and fall cases are exactly what they sound like—they occur when a person slips on something, resulting in a fall or injury. Slip and falls can happen anytime, anywhere: going to the store, eating at your favorite restaurant, or even walking from your car to your apartment door. No one plans to have an accident, but these types of accidents could happen to anyone.
Slipping or falling can be startling, painful, and, in some cases, life-changing. Many people do not think that slipping on a patch of ice in the parking lot of their favorite store can be life-changing, but for an unfortunate few, an event like this can cause injuries that affect the rest of your life. Even if you think your injuries are only minor, you should seek the compensation that you deserve. The experienced personal injury attorneys at DuBoff & Associates, Chartered can guide you through the steps that it takes to receive this compensation.
After being involved in some sort of slip or fall case, your thoughts may be scattered. How do you know if it was your fault? Is there anyway to receive compensation? What if you were not drastically hurt? Isn’t public property supposed to be safe to the public? These are all appropriate questions to be asking an attorney.
The first thing to do after you have been involved in this sort of accident is to determine what caused you to fall. This could be anything, such as ice, uneven pavement, a pothole, or even some sort of obstruction. The second question to ask is about the duration that these unsafe conditions had been there. Was it a new patch of ice from a recent snowstorm? Was it a curb that had been there for years? The answer to this question will be very important if you decide to try and file a claim.
In order for a lawsuit to be filed, the conditions must have been considered dangerous. A property owner will not be at fault if someone trips over a curb that follows all regulations and has not caused any problems in the past. However, if someone trips on a curb that has been changed or altered in some way and is deemed unsafe, the victim may be able to file a claim.
Immediately after your fall, it is critical that you record as much information about the situation as possible. If there is some sort of substance that you slipped on, attempt to take a sample of it with you, so that you can present it if need be. It is also important to take photos of the entire area. Having photo evidence of the obstruction or substance can be crucial in the event that the property owner cleans up the area before a settlement. Preserving your shoes, especially in the event of a slip, can also be a good idea. The property owner may try and argue that your shoes are what caused you to slip and not the obstruction or substance.
While you are still at the scene of the accident, make sure to write down all relevant information. This could include the name of the business, the address, and the telephone number of the property owner. If there were any witnesses, it is very important to get their contact information as well; any information that they have about the event could work in your favor later.
If you need to seek medical attention, go to the physician of your choice. Whether you see a lawsuit in your future or not, it is always important to go to a doctor that you trust and are comfortable with. Many people hesitate to get medical care because they are afraid it will affect their chances of winning a lawsuit down the road. Medical attention comes first; legal advice comes later. However, if you have sustained injuries, it is a very good idea to take photos of your injuries, no matter how small or insignificant they may seem. Another very important step when seeking medical attention is to have the doctor document any injuries or treatment that you receive as a direct result from the accident. This official documentation can play a very pivotal role in a lawsuit.
The next step in the process is to contact a personal injury attorney. By permitting them an investigation, the lawsuit can begin. The sooner that you take this action, the sooner you can get compensated for the resulting expenses, such as medical bills, time off work, or even just pain and suffering. Everyone that is injured due to a premises liability should fight for the fair compensation that they deserve. Read here for more information on premises liabilities.
No one should have to navigate this complicated time alone. A Maryland personal injury attorney can help you every step of the way. Upon contacting DuBoff & Associates, Chartered, we can begin to assist you and your situation by first sorting through the facts, information, materials, and witnesses. Sometimes the first step can be the hardest or the most confusing. Call us today so we can alleviate some of those feelings for you.
At DuBoff & Associates, Chartered, we understand that your worries never stop. That is why we are always accessible, no matter what time of day or what day of the week. We care deeply for our clients and do everything that we can in order for them to receive the best outcome possible. Please do not hesitate to contact us today if you have slipped or fallen.