Slip and Fall Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Slip and fall accidents are often associated with negative connotations: you were clumsy; you are taking advantage of the property owner; you are making something out of nothing. However, slip and fall accidents can be physically, emotionally, and financially devastating, and you deserve compensation for any serious injury in which someone else's negligence caused your pain and suffering.

Here is a list of frequently asked questions that we hear from our clients most often concerning their slip and fall cases:

How soon after my accident do I need to contact legal help?

As soon as possible. If you aren't sure who is at fault, a lawyer will be able to help you answer that question. Your chances of winning your case improve the sooner you act - the evidence is fresher, the witnesses are more reliable, and you have a better chance of taking accurate pictures of the scene as it was on the day of your fall.

Many people are saying the fall is my fault - are they right?

Each and every slip and fall is different, and any good premises liability lawyer will examine all of the evidence before telling you how the law sees your accident. Often times, society judges some people - older people, young children, or the
disabled - more harshly than other when it comes to slip and fall accidents. However, in the light of the law, considerations like age and ability do not matter - a property should be safe for visitors no matter who they are. It is easy to say that you were clumsy or that you weren't paying attention, but you should also ask yourself, "Would I have fallen if the stair wasn't broken, or if there had been a slippery when wet sign posted?"

Do I need an accident report at the time of my fall, like in car accidents?

Accident reports for slips and falls are not required by law. However, if you slip and fall in a store or business, they may have a policy requiring a report to be filled out. Accident reports are helpful to everyone because they collect evidence and data that is fresh and accurate. Those filling out the reports can note the lighting, take down witness information, and mention any other important facts relevant to the event.
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