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common causes of slip, trip, and fall accidents
There may be black ice or slick pavement due to a recent rain. Walk carefully when you step onto public sidewalks and outside passageways.
Falling can put a twist on the bone which attaches your leg to your body, resulting in a broken hip bone. These injuries are very painful and often slow to heal.
Hitting your head in a fall can lead to serious brain swelling. Beware if you see stars or black out; these can be signs of minor to major concussion.
Anyone who has ever had to endure weeks and weeks in a cast knows that breaking an arm is no fun!
Often resulting from spinal misalignment, chronic back pain can lead to other problems such as loss of sleep, inability to work, and eventual nerve damage. Be sure to see your therapist for advice on how to correct the issue.
Photographs of the hazard at the time you fell
Gather as many names and phone numbers as there were people who saw what happened or observed the hazardous conditions.
Doctor’s reports of your injury, including forensic evidence of the cause of injury
It’s important to make sure you identify the right party, because bringing a suit against the wrong party could result in your claim being dismissed and you missing the deadline to bring it against the responsible party.
Sometimes, however, it isn’t always clear who the responsible party is if the property isn’t owned and operated by the same entity.
If the slip-and-fall happened inside of a rented business, you would likely recover directly from the business.
If the accident happened outside, it may be the responsibility of that business, a neighboring business, the landlord, or a management company.
Sidewalks are another special case—they are usually the responsibility of the private property owner even if they were installed by the city and are located within a public easement.
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It all depends on where and when you fell. It’s crucial for an experienced personal injury lawyer to examine the land boundaries of the place where you fell to determine whether the location is on municipal property. If so, it could be difficult to identify the right person to file with.
Otherwise, the property owner or business insurance may cover the damages. In the case of falling upon exiting a vehicle, coverage could possibly come from the vehicle owner’s Personal Injury Protection insurance. Also, Workers Compensation could pay for work-related accidents.