Every once in a while, we all lose our footing. We trip over an unexpected shoe in the living room, or we fail to notice a crack in the sidewalk because we are on our phones. Sometimes falls happen purely by accident. However, if the cause of your fall was due to the negligent actions of another person or business, you have a legal right to compensation
Slip and fall accidents often occur because someone else failed to make their property as safe and secure as it should be. Negligence in a slip and fall accident may make you eligible to pursue compensation through a premises liability lawsuit or insurance claim. However, trying to tackle this situation on your own can be challenging. At Anderson Injury Lawyers, our premises liability lawyers have decades of experience handling slip and fall cases, and we’re prepared to help you through this challenging time.
Types of Slips and Falls
Slip and fall accidents happen for a myriad of reasons. One of the most common types of slip and fall incidents we see are related to improper or inadequately maintained flooring. This may include loose rugs or mats that lack non-slip backing, recently mopped or waxed floors or spills that have not been cleaned up.
Fort Worth, Texas may get very little snow each year and less rainfall than the U.S. average, but that does not mean rain, snow, and ice are not factors in slip and falls. When we experience a cold and wet day, the risk of a fall increases. People tracking in snow and rain at the entrances to businesses increase the risk of a fall, particularly if the company does not take precautions.
Slips and falls also can be caused by debris or objects on the floor. You may have slipped on spilled food or other foreign substances, or you may have lost traction if you stepped on paper, cords, or other objects that do not belong on the ground. These objects could cause you to trip and fall instead of slip.
Other common issues that lead to slip and fall injuries are defective staircases and ramps. Staircases with uneven steps and treads, loose boards, or loose or ripped carpet can be particularly dangerous. Similarly, unstable surfaces increase the likelihood of you losing your footing.
Additionally, we find that many slip and fall or trip and fall accidents occur because areas are poorly lit. When you cannot see where you are going or where to step, it is much harder to avoid a potentially dangerous defect in the flooring.
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Common Slip and Fall Injuries
If you were injured in a slip and fall in Fort Worth, TX, you might be recovering from:
- Broken Bones
- Dislocated joint
- Ligament Sprain
- Muscle or tendon strain
- Concussion or moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Herniated disc
- Spinal cord injury
Where Do Slip and Fall Accidents Occur?
At Anderson Injury Lawyers, our slip and fall attorneys handle accidents that occur in all types of locations, including both residential and commercial properties. Our slip and fall cases commonly involve:
- Grocery stores
- Gas stations & convenience stores
- Large retailers
- Shopping malls
- Other businesses
- The homes of family and friends
- Amusement and theme parks
- Trampoline parks
- Concert venues
- Sports stadiums
- Hotels & Motels
- Restaurants, bars, and night clubs
- Public & private pools
This is not an exhaustive list of where slips and falls might happen. If you were on any other person, business, or municipality’s property when you fell and were hurt, call our slip and fall lawyers today and let us analyze your legal options.
What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident
After a serious fall, whether you are outside or in a residence or business, do not move right away. Trying to get up immediately can cause further harm. Instead, give yourself a minute or two to assess your injuries and see how you feel. If you believe you have incurred serious injuries, remain where you are, call 911, or ask someone else to call for help. If you believe you can sit or stand up, you should still see a doctor as soon as possible for a full exam. Be sure to tell the physician that you fell and how you landed.
If you are on someone else’s property, ask for the name and contact information of the property owners. If you are at a business, ask for the manager or supervisor’s name. If any witnesses have stuck around, ask for their names and contact information as well.
If you or a companion can, take photos and videos of the scene and your injuries. It also can be helpful to document your footwear and clothing at the time. You will want to go home and set these items aside. Do not continue to wear your shoes, since you may cause them to show more wear and tear. Do not throw them away, as you might need them for a slip and fall lawsuit.
Immediately following the accident, do not give the owner, manager, or their insurance company any official or recorded statements. Instead, call and speak with an attorney who is experienced with slip and fall accidents. You should be fully informed of your rights and legal options before dealing with an insurance company.
When is a Property Owner Liable?
After a slip and fall accident, you should work with our slip and fall lawyers to determine if you have a valid legal claim. The owner, manager, or tenant of the residential or commercial property where you fell is not necessarily liable for your injuries. It depends on why you were on the property, the duty of care the owner/manager/tenant owed you, and whether that duty of care was breached.
Under Texas’ premises liability law, property owners owe the highest duty of care to an invitee. You are an invite if you are on that business’s property for your mutual benefit. Owners owe invitees the duty to make the property safe and warn against unreasonably dangerous and concealed conditions that the owner is or should be aware of.
You are a licensee and owed the second highest duty of care if you are on the other party’s property for your own benefit. Owners owe licensees the duty to keep the property safe and to warn about unreasonable dangers the owner actually knows about.
To determine your status on the property and whether or not the property owner, manager, or tenant breached the duty of care they owed you, call us today.
Slip and Fall Compensation
After you are injured in a slip and fall accident, you should talk with a lawyer about why the accident happened. At Anderson Injury Lawyers, we are prepared to conduct an independent and in-depth investigation into the cause of the slip or trip and fall. If we find there is evidence of a dangerous defect on the property, and evidence to support that the property owner or manager failed to keep the area as safe as they should, then we may recommend you pursue a slip and fall settlement through a lawsuit or insurance claim.
Our attorneys will gather as much evidence as possible to prove the property owner or manager is liable for your slip and fall injuries. Then, after calculating the value of your physical, emotional, and financial injuries, we will demand the fair compensation you deserve. Our priority is to make sure the financial recovery you receive covers your:
- Past, current, and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and mental anguish
- Physical limitation
- Reduced earning capacity
Contact a Fort Worth Slip and Fall Lawyer for Help
After a slip and fall that causes you serious harm, you may think you have no recourse. You might hope that your health insurance will be enough to cover your injuries and not put you in a tough financial position. Or, you may be confident that the property owner is liable for your injuries. No matter your initial thoughts after the accident, you need to speak with a slip and fall attorney to find out your true rights and options based on the law. Premises liability claims in Texas are complex, and only a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer can investigate the accident, analyze the claim, and accurately advise you regarding whether or not you can and should pursue compensation.
At Anderson Injury Lawyers, we are prepared to take on that task. With our decades of experience and millions recovered for injury victims, we’re ready to help you.
To schedule a free, initial case evaluation, contact us today at 817-294-1900.