What To Do After a Slip and Fall Injury
By the Perazzo Law Firm
Slip and fall accidents can be just as common as car accidents. A slip and fall injury can occur anywhere from your favorite restaurant on your family’s night out to your local supermarket picking up groceries for your family. Injuries from slip and fall accidents can vary from sprains that may require time off from work to serious fractures and broken bones that may lead to long-term disability.
A slip and fall injury can occur anywhere for a number of reasons. Even places that you may frequent regularly can have hidden dangers you may not be aware of. Stairs rot over time and become less stable. Tiles may form cracks leading to uneven surfaces. Carpeted areas may become worn and frayed over time or may hide an uneven surface underneath. Conditions from outside of the premises may also play a role in increasing risk of injury. Excess rainwater may be carried into your favorite store from the outside leading to slippery floors. A patron at a table sitting next to you in your favorite restaurant may spill something on the ground leading to a fall.
If you have suffered a slip and fall injury as a result of any of those factors then you may be entitled to compensation for your injury. If the owner or operator of the property where the slip and fall injury occurred failed to take the necessary steps to make the premises safe, then you may be entitled to compensation.
At times, business owners place profits over their patrons. A slip and fall injury most likely may occur because limited or no effort was made to provide a sufficient warning of the dangers to the visitors of that establishment. At times necessary repairs are delayed simply to save money rather than fix a broken tile or a torn carpet.
If you have been a victim of a slip and fall injury your first priority is to seek medical assistance. A serious injury may not become apparent right away and it is important to see a doctor to prevent your injury from becoming worse. When safe to do so, observe and document your surroundings, take pictures and document any witnesses. Also, make sure to keep notes on the events of that day such as whether it was raining outside and rainwater was brought in by the foot traffic. Make sure to note if warning cones were placed around the area where you fell and if those warnings were clearly visible and whether the area was well lit. Make note if there is an air conditioning vent, a refrigeration unit or leaky piping over the area where you fell.
After a slip and fall occurs, you may likely be approached by an agent of the owner of the business or a representative of their insurance company asking you for a statement or to sign some documents. Remember, after an injury you may be in a state of confusion and may not clearly comprehend what is being asked of you. In signing documents you do not fully understand, you may be waiving your rights to seek compensation. The representatives of the business where you suffered an injury will appear caring and friendly but they do not represent your interests. It is in their interest to begin building the defense against your potential claim. In asking for your signature, they may be asking for you to admit to being distracted and careless.
After suffering an injury, time is of the essence. The slip and fall lawyers at the Miami office of the Perazzo Law Firm have devoted their careers to helping the injured victims of slip and fall accidents. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, do not hesitate to contact our lawyers for a free consultation.
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