The Comprehensive Guide to Slip and Fall Accidents

Personal injuries need legal representation and that means a personal injury lawyer. If you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, then an injury lawyer can get compensation for your pain and time lost from work. Personal injury lawyers are often a victim’s best resource for seeking justice. If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident, then contact an attorney today for help and representation. Keep reading below to learn more about slip and fall accidents.

What Is a Slip and Fall Injury?

A slip and fall injury is, as its name indicates, an injury that happens when someone loses their footing on a floor that they would reasonably expect to have stable footing. Slip and fall injuries are likely to include fractures in tailbones and wrists. They can cause head and brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. Consequently, lawsuits are common to recover lost wages and medical bills.

Falling can cause injuries that require medical treatment. These injuries can require time off work. If someone else’s carelessness causes you harm and loss, you deserve compensation. The reality is that if you’re injured due to negligence, you have legal rights and a personal injury lawyer can help you enforce those rights. When you see a doctor after your slip and fall injury, be sure that they’re documenting all of your injuries so that you can provide this information to your lawyer.

Do Wet Floor Signs Invalidate Injury Cases?

Property owners use wet floor signs as a liability shield. In many cases, they do reduce liability by alerting guests and employees to the presence of uncertain footing on wood, tile, or linoleum flooring that can become slippery when wet. Liability laws require the posting of wet floor signs when the owner is aware of water or oils on the floor.

However, just because the wet floor sign is necessary for liability reduction does not make it sufficient. A wet floor sign can only demonstrate that a claimant was warned that a hazard existed. If you believe that adequate steps were not taken to prevent an accident, you can still be eligible for compensation.

How Do Most of These Cases Conclude?

Understandably, legal dramas tend to focus on the interpersonal drama of the courtroom and a finding of fault. This is a cathartic narrative. Every problem in a drama must have a confrontational component. In more than 95% of slip and fall cases, however, a settlement is the outcome, according to Forbes.

Settlements are far more likely to get you the desired compensation for your time and pain than a court case. In most cases, a negotiated settlement can be completed in as little as a day, while court cases can drag out for months due to the appeals process. So if your injury lawyer calls you and gives you an offer of a settlement after a slip and fall injury, then give it a fair judgement. A court case will take far longer and victory isn’t always assured.

What Should You Do After a Wet Floor Slip and Fall Accident?

Even if a wet floor sign is present when you’ve fallen and you think you’ve sustained an injury, gather the evidence before you move. Take pictures of the area around your accident and parts of your body that you think are injured. Make sure that you’re safe to move and get up before you stand. If you’ve slipped and fallen on the floor, then the hazard is probably still present.

See a medical professional as quickly as possible. For example, if you’re out shopping, then do it before you continue your shopping trip. If you’re in a slip and fall accident, then the first thing the proprietor may try to do is establish that they weren’t at fault for your injuries, and that’s made easier if you don’t seek help immediately.

If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident, a personal injury lawyer can help. Contact The Law Offices of Burton & Beale to make an appointment with one as soon as possible. We look forward to working with you and helping you receive the representation and compensation you deserve. Call us today.

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