If you have been seriously injured in a slip, trip, and fall accident, you are not alone. Many people are surprised to learn that falls are among the most common causes of injury and death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately eight million people suffer non-fatal injuries and another 24,000 falls result in death every year. If your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be able to obtain compensation for your damages. In Virginia, you can learn you have a claim by contacting the personal injury group of the MichieHamlett Law Firm in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Slip trip, and fall injuries may include:
- Skull fracture
- Brain injury
- Back and spine injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
- Facial injuries
These injuries come at a high cost in terms of actual expenses for medical treatment and rehabilitation, lost earnings, and other out of pocket expenses, as well as the cost in human suffering and diminished quality of life.
Causes of Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents
The following are among the common causes of falls that can be attributed to premises negligence:
- Merchandise that has fallen into an aisle
- Wet, slippery pavement or floor
- Wet leaves, acorns, or loose gravel on the pavement
- Uneven, elevated, or cracked sidewalk
- Icy walkways
- Fallen or low-hanging branches
- Stairs without a hand rail
- Food spilled on a floor
- Worn, loose, or uneven carpet
- Other debris or obstacles posing a fall hazard
It is the duty of owners, managers, and operators of properties where the public is invited or allowed to take every precaution to ensure that these and other dangerous conditions do not occur on their property, and if they do, that they are addressed promptly and appropriate warnings and barricades are used to keep people away in the meantime.
When an individual, company, or governmental department responsible for a property fails to maintain the premises properly, they can be held liable for injuries that result.
The Right Lawyer
When you’ve fallen as a result of someone else’s negligence in the maintenance of their premises, take photos of the condition that caused you to fall and obtain contact information for any witnesses if possible, then report the injury to the premises owner. Getting prompt medical attention is your first priority, after which you should waste no time in hiring an experienced premises accident attorney to begin the investigation of your claim.
Insurance companies typically deny slip, trip, and fall claims, often attempting to blame the victim for the accident. This is standard operating procedure for insurers, who are concerned, first and foremost, with their profits. They routinely attempt to pay little or nothing whenever possible, so you’ll need a good lawyer working for you to assemble proof of the property owner’s liability and your damages.
The dedicated personal injury attorneys at the MichieHamlett law firm handle personal injury cases exclusively and have a superior record of recovering money for thousands of slip, trip and fall accident clients. We quickly launch an investigation and begin gathering evidence to support your case, calling in expert support when necessary to prove liability. We obtain medical records, employment records, and receipts for out of pocket expenses, and work with you to determine and prove how the injury has affected your quality of life.
We will open negotiations with the defendant’s insurance company and attempt to get you a full and fair settlement without having to go to court. We are very good at resolving these issues outside of the courtroom, but be assured that if the insurance company does not make a sufficient offer, we are always prepared to take your case to a jury if that is what is needed to get you the recovery you deserve.
Call MichieHamlett and ask to speak to one of our dedicated personal injury attorneys. The consultation is completely free. Time to file is limited by Virginia law, so call today.