Just imagine going into a public place such as a store or at work and you suddenly slip and fall. At first, you think everything will be ok and try to get up but have difficulty. You think that this is something temporary and will pass.
However, several days later you discover that the accident is impacting your mobility and the ability to do the most basic things.
Situations like this are common and contribute to 2 million accidents every year. The challenge calling in the slip and fall lawyers in Delray Beach to help you. Here are the most common causes, injuries, and when you should contact us.
The Most Common Causes
Anywhere you go in public or on private property has dangers that cause a slip and fall. The hazards that increase the chances of an accident include
- Wet floors
- Unstable flooring
- Rain and debris
- Badly lit sidewalks and walkways
- Uneven sidewalks
- Ripped carpets
- Unattended liquids spilled on the floor.
If any of these things are the causes of your accident, we recommend calling the slip and fall lawyers in Delray Beach right away. The sooner you act, the faster we can help you to deal with the financial costs, pain, suffering, and emotional distress.
On the surface, a slip and fall is something small and you can get back up without a problem. The challenge is that these injuries will not go away and linger for long periods. You can have trouble moving around and doing the most basic daily tasks.
Some of the most common injuries we see after a slip and fall include
- Broken bones
- Back injuries
- Neck pain
- Head trauma
If you or a family member is experiencing any of these injuries, we urge you to call our offices immediately. The pain will become worse and you need to get examined by a trained healthcare professional. We know qualified doctors that can give you an objective assessment of the extent of your injuries.
When Should You Contact Us?
If you suffer from a slip and fall, call us immediately. Time is of the essence and getting all relevant information is critical for building a strong case. We look at things such as the
- Interview witnesses
- Take photos
- Get medical assistance for you
- File all paperwork promptly.
We recommend contacting us after these events to get the help you need. The longer you wait, the more difficult it becomes in showing the causes of the accident and determining who is at fault.
Slip and Fall At Home
Studies show how often accidents happen at home. Many factors lead to these mishaps. Slips and falls cause many injuries. Many homes have tiled floors that can become slippery for various reasons.
South Florida slip and fall injuries are the second leading cause of accidental death. Deaths in motor vehicles top the list.
Slips and falls are the leading cause of public injuries in South Florida. Hotels and restaurants are also to blame for slips and falls.
Did You Know?
Every day, over 20,000 people enter hospitals from falls.
Statistics Tell the Story
These statistics highlight the dangers of slipping and falling. You may face high hospital bills and risk death. Now you know the statistics. You need to understand how to prevent these accidents at home.
Preventing Slip and Fall At Home
Anti-slip flooring will keep your floors slip-resistant for several years. Many people think they will ruin their beautiful floors. Some solutions dry clear over your original surface. But it can provide a non-slip surface that looks stunning.
After using one anti-slip solution, you’ll want to find more for your home. Anti-slip tape is an excellent option for smaller areas of the house. It’s the ideal solution for a child’s safe play area. If you have stairs, place the tape on the edge of the stair. Don’t let a family member or coworker become a statistic. Become slip-free.
Slip and Fall is Common
Slip and fall lawsuits are common. But not all attorneys who bring them are experts in the field. If you decide to sue, hire a South Florida slip and fall attorney. Don’t trust any lawyer with this critical case.
Most lawsuits determine the property was not maintained. Property owners must take reasonable precautions. They may be liable for any damages caused by their negligence.
Did a Negligent Condition Cause the Injury?
A plaintiff in a Slip and Fall case must prove their damages. Wages, medical bills, pain, and suffering can be recovered. These damages cover both immediate and long-term losses.
Protect evidence, hire an experienced attorney, and take legal action.
Report the Incident
After falling, notify the owner or person who is responsible. Ask for someone in charge. Describe your fall (torn carpet, uneven floorboard, wire or cord, puddle, etc.) and your injuries. Notify the town or city the same day by phone AND written message. Acute injuries should be reported as soon as your health permits. This is crucial for unattended accidents, which brings us to the next step.
Ask about Witnesses
A relative or friend can ask everyone they know about possible witnesses. Note their full names, phone numbers, and emails. If they offer additional contact information, take it. Witness testimony is crucial in settling a personal injury claim.
You may need help if your injuries are severe. Right after the accident, shoot photos and videos (if possible). Describe the environment, obstruction, victim’s condition, and injury a few days after the accident. These must be taken BEFORE any changes are made and evidence is lost. The more proof you have, the better your chances of fair compensation.
Get Medical Help
Get help as soon as possible after any symptoms appear. Injuries can appear days or weeks after an accident. Neck and back injuries are common. If a person did not require medical care, insurers may claim they weren’t seriously injured. These cases require doctors’ diagnoses and records of medical care.
Hire our attorneys before speaking with an insurance company. Speaking with private or opposing insurance adjusters is tricky. A qualified slip and fall attorney can help victims file a successful injury claim.
The Law Offices of John E. Mufson are well equipped to handle your slip and fall case. You can also contact us here for immediate assistance.