What to do first in a slip or trip accident?

1. Gather Evidence

If you are still at the scene of the accident, gather as much evidence you can. Photographs of the scene are absolutely critical. Also file an incident report if the fall occurred within a business, be sure to report that you were injured in the fall. If there are any witnesses who pulled over or bystanders, don’t be afraid to approach them to ask if you can get their number as a witness to what occurred (you may be surprised how helpful people are upon being asked). If there are nearby businesses or if the fall occurred in a business, check to see if they have security cameras that may have captured the accident (be aware, footage is usually deleted after 30 days).

2. Hiring an attorney quickly is critical

The condition that cause you to fall, whether it was a slip or trip, is absolutely critical. The scene needs to be well documented with proper measurements and photography, and ideally an attorney will send an expert to the scene for a further investigation if needed. If the condition that caused your fall is repaired before the scene can be well documented, critical evidence may forever be loss. Often slips or trips occur because a property owner’s negligent, even if slight, increased the risk of a fall and it was simply a matter of time before someone fell victim to the negligent condition.

3. Seek immediate medical care

Seek immediate medical care. Options include ambulance, emergency room, urgent care, primary care physician, or chiropractor. It is extremely important to see a medical professional as soon after the accident as possible. Insurance companies pay claims based on how strong the documentation is, and the strongest first step is seeing a medical professional as soon as possible. You must report any and all symptoms you noticed since the accident occurred, and stress that all symptoms started after an accident.

4. Skip talking to insurance, hire an attorney

An insurance company has invested millions of dollars in perfecting a system of minimizing how much they pay out. There is nothing an insurance company would love more after an accident than an unrepresented person calling them and speaking with them. The old saying is “what you say may be used against you” is 100% true.
Call an attorney as soon as possible and get a professional on your side. Haling Law provides free consultations.

Different types of Slip and Trip Fall Claims

Slip and trip fall claims, despite how unfortunately common they are, can be broken down into many categories. Each category requires special expertise and knowledge to properly handle. Below is a listing of many, but not all, of the different types of car accident claims Haling Law specializes in:

  • Premise liability
  • Spilled liquid
  • Failure to worn
  • Slippery material with insufficient friction
  • Dangerous condition
  • Negligent design
  • Hidden danger
  • Designs that are code violations
  • Lack of handrails
  • Dangerous staircase
  • Poor lighting
  • Insufficient marking

Common Injuries from Slip and Trip Accidents

A wide variety of injuries are possible from falls resulting from slip or trip accidents. Each person’s body is unique, re-creating the exact physics of every single possible accident scenario is not feasible. Below is a listing of the most common injuries, but by no means does this mean that an uncommon injury cannot occur from an accident:

Neck Injuries

Falls can cause damage to the tissue, the discs, the nerves, and even the bones compromising the neck’s spine. Injuries can range from the less severe muscle soreness to the more serious disc injuries or even fractures. Significant injuries can include conservative care, pain management, or cervical (neck) disc replacement, fusion or discectomy.

Back Injuries

These injuries range from damage to muscle and tissue, the lumbar discs, the nerves, or even the bones comprising the back’s spine. Significant injuries can include conservative care, pain management, or lumbar (back) disc replacement, fusion or discectomy.

Head and Traumatic Brain Injuries

People are becoming more aware of how dangerous head trauma and brain injuries can be. A lingering concussion can cause headaches, memory problems, depression and many other symptoms for months or even years after an accident. Brain injuries are difficult to diagnose as a person may not be fully aware of how injured they are as the result of mental fogginess and confusion. These types of injuries can ruin personal lives and careers.

Bone Fractures

Falls can easily cause a variety of fractures including spiral fractures, stable fractures, oblique fractures, compound fractures, oblique fractures or comminuted fractures. Treatment can range from conservative casting or interventional surgery with installation of medical hardware. Sometimes joints themselves require surgical replacement. The resulting injuries can put you at risk long past the end of treatment as you are increasingly at risk of arthritis or other complications down the road.

What type of compensation can I recover from a slip and fall or trip and fall accident?

Damages in a case is typically split into two separate legal categories: Special Damages and General Damages. Special Damages consist of items such as medical bills, future medical care, out of pocket loss, lost wages, loss of earnings, loss of future earnings, etc. Think of Special Damages as anything that you can assign a number for, show documentation of the dollar amount, or have a receipt. Even if your health insurance paid the bill or an employer paid your sick time, these are damages you are still entitled to recover. General damages is also labeled as pain and suffering, this is about the actual pain you felt or continue to feel, the impact on your life, the damage of relationships that medical problems can cause, the additional stress, the loss of enjoyment in your favorite activities etc.

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