Slip and fall accidents can result in a wide variety of serious injuries such as broken bones and spinal cord injuries. Victims often face weeks or even years of pain and rehabilitation to recover from their injuries, accompanied by mounting medical expenses and lost income.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at Branch & Dhillon, P.C.. We’ll make sure that you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries and other damages. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Determining Liability in Slip and Fall Accidents
The first step in seeking compensation for injuries is to determine who is at fault in a slip and fall accident. Since a majority of slip and fall accidents occur on commercial properties, it is often the property owner, the store manager, or an employee who is at fault for the accident.
This is not true all the time, however; in certain cases, the injured party may still be held liable for their own slip and fall accident. Common situations in which a person may be found responsible for their own injuries after a slip and fall accident include:
They entered an area that was sectioned/cordoned off
They ignored a wet floor sign
They were not observant of their surroundings
The unsafe condition developed recently, and the owner/manager did not have adequate time to take care of it
Texas and South Carolina as Comparative Negligence States
It is important to keep in mind that Texas and South Carolina are comparative negligence states. This means that if a plaintiff sues for compensation for their damages, they will be denied compensation if they are found to be 50% or more at fault for the accident.
It’s also important to note that Texas is often strict when it comes to slip and fall accidents. Compensation is usually granted only if the plaintiff can provide significant proof that they were not at fault for the accident. For this reason, if you slipped and fell due to another person’s negligence, it’s important to contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Branch & Dhillon, P.C. We’ll help you gather documentation of the other party’s negligence and get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident that was due to the negligence of another, it’s important to follow these steps after the accident:
Take Pictures of the Scene
To help prove that another person’s negligence was the reason for your accident, you should take pictures of the scene of the accident. This will help you prove that the conditions were unsafe and that there were no proper warnings posted.
Gather Witness Statements
If there were witnesses to your accident, ask if you could record their statements and get their contact information. Witness statements are an integral part of proving that you weren’t liable for the slip and fall accident.
Visit a Medical Professional
Slip and fall accident victims can usually walk away with only minor bruises and scrapes. This doesn’t mean that serious injury isn’t a possibility though. It is important to visit a medical professional after a slip and fall accident to check for injuries that may not be immediately apparent, such as a concussion or traumatic brain injury.
Injuries resulting from Slip and Fall Accidents
Here are some common injuries that may result from a slip and fall accident:
Spinal Cord Injuries
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Broken or Fractured Bones
Most Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, but they are more common in commercial buildings. It is important to look out for these hazards so that you can avoid being injured from a fall:
Unmarked wet floors
Inadequate ice or snow removal from sidewalks or stairs
Broken or missing steps
Broken or uneven floors
Cracked or partially missing sidewalks
Slip and Fall Attorneys
If you have been involved in a slip and fall accident, contact the attorneys at Branch & Dhillon, P.C. We have handled several premises liability cases in Texas, South Carolina, and Virginia, and we can provide you with a no-cost consultation for your case. Our attorneys will make sure that you receive the full compensation you deserve for your injuries and damages.