Slip and Fall accidents can cause serious injuries or fatalities. Even where you might expect to slip and fall (such as on an icy walkway), you could still suffer from severe injuries depending on how you hit the ground.
Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere—at work, school, home, or while you are shopping at the Walmart Supercenter, the Suncrest Towne Centre, or the Morgantown Mall.
You should always seek medical attention after you fall. Then you should contact the Morgantown Slip and Fall Lawyers at Wagoner Desai PLLC as soon as possible to learn about your rights and any legal remedies you have for paying your medical bills.
Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Anything slippery can cause you to slip and fall, or you could trip and fall if something is left on the floor. Some of the causes of slips, trip, and falling include:
- Ice, snow, rain, or mud;
- Solid or liquid contaminants on the floor;
- Irregular surfaces, such as a tipped sidewalk;
- Humps in walkways, for instance, when two pieces of cement do not line up or when there is a pothole in the road;
- Poor lighting;
- Loose cords and other tripping hazards;
- Floor mats and runners that are not perfectly flat on the floor, or a thick floor mat, runner, or carpet;
- Stairs; and
- Ladders and step stools.
The places that are open to the public should be properly maintained, and messes should be cleaned up as soon as possible. They should also put out “Wet Floor” signs—especially at entrances—during inclement weather. Most places, whether open to the public or a residence, have a duty to ensure that patrons or guests are safe when visiting.
Slip, Trip, and Fall Injuries
Injuries you could suffer from when you slip or trip and fall could range from very minor to catastrophic. Injuries include:
- Bumps, bruises, cuts, and scrapes;
- Friction burns if you slip, fall, and slide;
- Deep gashes, if you catch yourself on something sharp as you fall;
- Road rash;
- Pulled and/or torn muscles;
- Strains and/or sprains;
- Simple and/or compound fractures;
- Head, neck, and shoulder injuries;
- Back and spinal cord injuries;
- Traumatic brain injuries, including mild to severe concussions; and
- Internal injuries.
Some of these injuries could lead to long-term or permanent disabilities. Because of the chance of this, you should always seek out medical attention after a slip and fall accident or a trip and fall accident.
What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident
If you can move after a slip and fall accident, take photos of the scene and what made you slip or trip. If you feel severe pain when trying to move, call first responders before doing anything. Even if you do not think you are hurt too severely, you should have your doctor or the emergency room check you out, especially if you hit your head when you fell.
Some injuries might not manifest until hours or even days later. Even twisting when you fall could cause injuries that might not show up immediately. Additionally, if you are going to seek compensation for your injuries, you will need a medical record to show that you did suffer injuries when you fell.
If you slipped or tripped and fell in a public place, whether in a store or the parking lot, let a manager know what happened. If the accident occurred at work, let your supervisor know what happened. Document the date and time you fell, and the time you notified someone of your accident.
Keeping documentation and reporting the incident to someone in the place with the hazard could help ensure that you have a date and time of the accident. It also lets the owner of the property know that you might follow-up after you evaluate the accident and your injuries.
When you do speak to someone about the accident, do not blame the establishment, a person, or yourself; keep your observations to yourself. Your Morgantown slip and fall attorney would take care of that while representing you. If anyone offers to pay your medical bills or to give you money or products, do not accept it. It might not be enough to cover your injuries.
You should also add additional documentation for the accident. If possible, write down a detailed account of the accident, including what you slipped on or tripped over, whether there were any warning signs, what the weather was, or if there was a power outage. Finally, get the names and contact information of any witnesses to the accident.
Finally, contact a Morgantown slip and fall lawyer as soon as you are able, even if you are still in the hospital. Contact Wagoner Desai PLLC today.
Is Retaining an Attorney Mandatory?
Insurance companies are in business to make money, which means that they might offer you less than your matter is worth or they might even deny your claim. Using an attorney can help reduce the likelihood that the insurance company will bully you into accepting a lowball offer or saying something that hurts your claim. Insurance companies also know that when you retain an attorney, there is a better chance that you will litigate if you do not believe the settlement is fair.
Additionally, depending on the location of the accident and the reason you fell, more than one person or business owner might be liable for your injuries. Finally, it can be difficult to get an insurance company to pay for future medical expenses and lost income if you suffer from long-term or permanent disabilities because of injuries from a slip and fall accident.
Contact Wagoner Desai PLLC
Slip and fall injuries are sometimes serious or even catastrophic. In some cases, people could die if they hit their heads or suffer internal injuries as a result of a fall.
If you suffer from injuries because of a slip and fall or trip and fall, or you lost a loved one because of such an accident, contact Wagoner Desai PLLC for a free consultation today. Write to us using our contact page or call us at (304) 470-2056. We’re available 24/7.
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