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Did you know that in the United States the second leading cause of personal injuries involve what is commonly referred to as slip and fall? In fact, it is estimated that slip and fall injuries are responsible for approximately 16,000 deaths a year, and many more lead to serious injuries. When an injury occurs due to hazardous or dangerous conditions on another party’s property, whether public or private, the victim and/or family may be entitled to compensation.
At Jones Clifford, LLP we have helped thousands of people injured as a result of slip and fall and other causes obtain the compensation they deserve. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed due to the negligence or carelessness of another, you may be able to obtain compensation for damages such as medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
About Slip and Fall
A slip and fall injury case can be brought when a person is injured due to hazardous or dangerous conditions on someone else’s property. Cases can involve:
- Residential buildings
- Commercial buildings
- Parking lots
- Shopping centers
- Private residences
- And more
Hazardous conditions inside a building include wet floors, poor lighting, torn carpeting, narrow stairs, or sudden changes in flooring. Dangerous conditions outside a building include ice, snow, rain, a pothole that is difficult to see, and others. All property owners bear a certain level of responsibility to provide a safe environment, regardless of whether the injury occurs inside or outside the property.
What to do after a slip and fall
Here are some steps to take if an unsafe condition on someone else’s property caused you to be injured in a slip and fall accident.
Seek medical help immediately. It is important for you to seek medical attention as soon as possible if you have been hurt in an accident. You should know that injuries do not always manifest themselves right away. In fact, it can take days, or even weeks, for you to feel pain or realize the full extent of your injuries. This is why it is so important to seek medical attention as soon as possible, even if you do not believe you have been seriously injured.
Document the condition of the property in a way that will show how or why it may have led to your injury. In order to make your case for a slip and fall injury as strong as possible, it is necessary to identify what caused you to slip and fall, and document it. If you have a camera with you (such as your cell phone), take pictures, or ask someone at the scene to do this for you. It’s important to document the hazard as quickly as possible. Quite often, the owner of the property responsible for your injury will take steps to repair or disguise the hazardous defect or other contributing factors. Of course, the owner may just want to prevent the accident from happening again. On the other hand, he or she might want to destroy evidence in the hopes of avoiding potential liability for your injuries.
Report the incident. If your injury occurs in a commercial property like a supermarket, shopping center or store, you should report the incident to management right away. Ask the manager to file an incident report. These reports can contain helpful information about your accident, such as the date and time of the accident, names of witnesses, and the circumstances surrounding the incident. It will also establish that the incident did in fact take place, thereby preventing the owner of the property from claiming it never happened.
Contact us soon as possible.
Our knowledgeable and experienced San Francisco slip and fall attorneys can help maximize your chances of obtaining compensation for your injuries. We can conduct a site search to determine the cause of the accident, take the proper steps to preserve evidence, identify and locate witnesses, determine whether similar incidents occurred at the same property in the past, and help you get the medical care you need. In short, we can make your case as strong as possible.
Contact us today for a free evaluation of your case. You will not have to pay us for our services unless we obtain compensation on your behalf.