A Personal Injury Lawyer In Corpus Christi Explains What To Do If You Are Involved In A Slip And Fall Accident
Slip and fall injuries are common occurrences. Every year there are thousands of claims that are made. Victims often suffer life-altering, serious injuries or even wrongful death in some cases. Catastrophic results are often caused by such things as construction site defects, wet floors, and unlit stairwells. It is essential to know what you should do in case a slip and fall accident occurs, You should consult with a Corpus Christi personal injury lawyer in order to determine whether or not you are owed any damages due to the negligence of a business or property owner. If a loved one or yourself has been involved in a slip and fall injury and you aren’t sure what to do or have unanswered questions, then contact us or give us a call today at (361) 882-5605.
When it comes to slip and fall accident, there are many different kinds including shower and bathtub falls, sidewalk falls, parking ramp falls, falling from a balcony or terrace, stairway accidents, and slippery surface falls, among others. Property owners are responsible for keeping their properties in a safe condition for anyone who is invited onto their properties. If it can be proved that a property owner has been negligent or was aware or should have been aware of a defective or dangerous condition that was the cause of a slip and fall accident, then you can be compensated for the injuries you have incurred. Each slip and fall accident is different, so that is why you should hire an experienced and skilled slip and fall attorney.
Did The Property Owner Use Reasonable Care To Prevent Personal Injuries?
Was common sense used by the property owner? Was there anything that was dangerous that the property owner should have been aware of? Was reasonable are used by the property owner in order to keep their property safe? Answers to those questions will definitely be considered by a jury and judge. If a property owner is careful about keeping their property clean and safe, then most likely they will have demonstrated “reasonable” care. The following are some of the initial questions that you can ask to help you determine whether or not a business or property owner might be liable for the injuries you have sustained:
- Did you slip in an area that was wet or trip over an uneven or broken part of floor or carpet? If so, did this dangerous condition exist for a long enough period of time that the owner should have been aware of it?
- Have any accidents occurred there in the past?
- Is there an established schedule for regular repair, cleaning, and maintenance of the property? If so, does the owner have proof that this regular maintenance has been done?
- If you slipped on or tripped over something that was left or placed on the ground, were there any good reasons for this item to be there? If so, but the reason was no longer valid, could that object have been covered, removed, or been made safe in some other way?
- Could the object have been located in a safer place?
- Could a barrier been put up to warn individuals of potential dangers?
- Was there any broken or poor lighting that contributed to your accident?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might have a valid compensation claim. However, you need to keep in mind that you also need to consider whether or not the actions that you took contributed to the accident as well. If you are wondering whether you have a case, check out our website for more information.
Collecting Evidence Of Your Slip And Fall Work Injury
We recommend that you take the following steps whenever possible:
- Photographs. Take photos of the accident scene, your shoes, and clothing, any scrapes, cuts, or bruises, or any required casts or stitches to document your injuries.
- Accident Report. If your injuries are suffered inside of a store, whether it is a grocery store or department store, be sure that an accident report is filed. Ask to speak to the manager. Your version of what took place during the accident will be documented by the manager. This will be very valuable in representing your injuries. Be sure to obtain a copy of your accident report before leaving the store if possible.
- Evidence. It is strongly recommended that you save any items that might have caused your fall. If you, for example, you tripped over a vegetable or piece of fruit, then put into a plastic bag and place it in your freezer. It is also a good idea to safeguard whatever shoes you had on when you fell. You can put them inside of a plastic bag and then taped shut so that any matter that is stuck on your shoes is preserved.
If you cannot obtain statements or take photos, an attorney from the Law Office of Jerry J. Trevino can obtain as much of this information as possible. Just keep in mind that it is a lot more difficult to obtain information house or even days, weeks and months after your injuries have started to heal and the accident scene is cleaned up. Although your injuries will be documented in your medical records, statements and photos will prove very valuable when they can be presented to a jury.
Falling Down Stairs – Personal Injury
Our personal injury attorneys have had numerous accident cases that were caused by broken or defective stairs. Property owners are responsible for ensuring that all steps have the exact same depth and rise and have visible edges. Stairs also must be kept free of obstacles and debris that can cause accidents. A property owner also has the responsibility for ensuring all stairwells have sturdy handrails and are well lit. All of us are responsible to watch and be careful where we are going. A property owner, however, must show reasonable care.