Slip, Trip And Fall and Property Liability Cases
SLIPS/ TRIPS/FALLS AND INJURIES OCCURRING ON ANOTHER’S PROPERTY
Seemingly small hazards in offices, shops, and other buildings may appear minor, but overlooked problems like a chemical spill, cord in the hallway, or defective furniture can cause very serious injuries to unsuspecting visitors.
Property owners have a duty to make their premises safe for employees, customers, and visitors. This includes being aware of and adequately warning visitors of potentially harmful hazards whenever they are present in order to prevent slip and fall accidents. If you have been injured on someone else’s property due to an owner’s negligence, call Defino Law Associates today.
We specialize in premises law suits where our clients are victims of injuries that result of the negligent maintenance of a property. These include a variety of circumstances, some of which include, but are not limited to:
- Falls from ice and snow
- Falls on slippery floors inside buildings
- Falls on defective pavements and streets
- Other injuries that occur as a result of the negligence of a property owner or tenant.
If you suffer an injury as a result of a hazard on someone else’s property you must take the following steps:
(1) Make sure you seek medical attention immediately. Sometimes many injuries that occur from a fall or other type of accident may develop as time progresses but it is essential to seek out medical attention at the beginning of an injury so that the injuries are properly documented. It is essential that you recognize that the first medical visit, whether ambulance, emergency room or family doctor is going to be the first piece of evidence used in your case to establish what injuries and what pain and suffering you had. Therefore, be sure to identify every complaint you have to your doctors and be sure to seek out the treatment as soon as possible. Be honest with your doctor and let them know about past medical treatment you may have had in that particular part of your body. It is essential that your doctor knows your medical history, and your medical records will be accessible to the defendant and its insurance company in your case. Also be sure to let your doctor know every complaint, no matter how slight, because even smaller pains can develop as time progresses.
(2) Make an incident report and if possible, get a copy of it. When you are injured in a business or larger type of building there usually is a person in charge who can assist you in documenting what happened. The most important thing is making sure that the place where you fell knows that you fell, and you want to keep a copy of the incident report so you can prove that you informed someone of your injury. This also is the initial evidence in a case, so you want to make sure you document every part of your body that was injured. If you fell outside, and not in a building, you will later need to prove that you fell at that actual location. The best way to do this is to call the police, or even better, call an ambulance. Have the ambulance pick you up at the scene, where you fell, that way, the ambulance report will be proof of where you were when you were injured.
(3) Do not talk to any insurance companies or claims representatives. An insurance company’s goal is to try its hardest to pay you as little as possible. The claims representatives may act like they are concerned and are trying to help you, but they are not. You need to immediately tell these people that you cannot talk with them and that they should contact your attorney instead. Whatever information they get from you on that initial call will be used against you in your case later on, so get off of the phone with them as quickly as possible, and say nothing but “I am sorry, you need to call my lawyer”.
(4) Hire an attorney. There are many issues that come up in property injury cases that require extensive investigation and a jump start on the lawsuit process. You cannot afford to wait. It is essential to hire an attorney immediately! Call us now at 215 551 9099.