You’ve had a slip trip and fall accident, so now what? Should you file a legal claim?
If you or a loved one have been involved in a slip trip and fall, you may be wondering whether or not you have a claim. It is important to “look before you leap,” though. Before you make a legal claim, you should take the time to read these guidelines. Don’t decide in haste to take legal action without first becoming prepared and informed about the process.
The Law Offices of Thomas More Holland have the experience and expertise to help you with your personal injury slip trip and fall legal case. As attorneys, we have a vested interest in your successful case outcome, and we commit to approaching your case tenaciously and aggressively.
3 Steps to a Successful Slip Trip and Fall Legal Case
- Seek medical help for the injuries you incurred during your slip trip and fall accident. First, you must seek the medical help you need. Next, you will need to file an incident report with the company. Property owners are responsible to make sure that hazards on their premises are taken care of. This means that a property owner must warn individuals of recent hazards with a sign in the case of a wet floor, or must be aware, or “notice,” the premises conditions itself on a regular basis.The situation is complicated by the fact that in some instances, slip trip and fall hazards appear unexpectedly on the property. If, for example, there was a storm and a branch fell onto the sidewalk, and it’s your foot that discovered the branch, the property owner is most likely not at fault. If your lawyer can prove that the property owner practiced negligence, you may have a strong slip trip and fall legal case.
- Preserve all evidence, including clothing if possible. In almost every slip trip and fall legal case, an attorney will need to determine that the accident was not the fault of your own carelessness. According to the rules of “comparative negligence,” your attorney will utilize the evidence you provide for him or her to prove why your actions leading up to the fall were both legitimate and reasonable.If your accident occurred in icy or snowy conditions, it’s important to be able to demonstrate that your shoes were adequate for the weather. Even if ice and snow weren’t involved, your clothing will be evaluated to determine whether they were slip trip and fall hazards themselves. Take care to preserve all evidence to show your attorney, including clothing and any photos you took of the scene itself after your fall.
Consult an attorney about your possible slip trip and fall legal case. Slip trip and fall statistics demonstrate the value and power of being informed about your slip and fall risks. Don’t let fear hold you back from seeking legal counsel. Too often individuals wrongly blame themselves for their accident. That’s why our attorneys at the Law Offices of Thomas More Holland want to help you with your slip trip and fall legal claim. When a business owner neglects to clear the sidewalks, fix a handrail, or put up a “Caution: Wet Floor” sign, it is our responsibility to hold them accountable. We have the knowledge to help you identify the strength of your case and fight for your rights.
Don’t be a victim–call TMH Law today at (215) 977-4354.