Slips, Trips and Falls Cause Serious Injuries
Isaacs & Isaacs has recovered over $890 million dollars for victims who have been injured as a result of somebody’s negligence or wrongful act. Call us now at 800-800-8888, and let one of our experienced slip and fall injury lawyers help you to decide whether you have a case or claim.
Get a Slip and Fall Personal Injury Law Firm On Your Side
If you delay acting, the statute of limitations could run out to file your action. Once the deadline expires, you may not be eligible to receive any money to help you in this emergency. We have a 99 percent success rate in recovering maximum damages for our clients in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana.
The dedicated attorneys at Isaacs & Isaacs have decades of experience helping people who’ve been seriously injured because of somebody else’s negligent disregard for the safety of others. These injuries can be permanent, disabling and life-altering, and many times victims endure prolonged medical treatment and physical therapy, sometimes never being able to return to a former occupation. We will work hard to make sure you get the just compensation you deserve and need to recover and go on with your life.
Slip and Fall Accidents and Premises Liability
We all owe a legal duty of care to refrain from harming others. Property owners owe a duty to others to keep their premises safe. Depending on the relationship you have with the owner of the property where your accident occurred, the owner may owe a greater duty , a lesser duty, or no duty to keep the property safe and prevent accidents.
A different duty of care exists if you are on the property as an:
- trespasser, or
- trespassing child.
For instance, somebody spills a bottle of oil on the floor in a grocery store creating a hazardous condition. The store owner or employees acting on behalf of the owner have a duty to warn shoppers of the danger and clean up the spill immediately to prevent a slip and fall accident.
The duty of care in the above scenario would be the highest duty, because the owner invited you onto the premises for profit. If you entered an area of the store clearly marked “Do Not Enter” or “Employees Only,” the duty of care owed to you would be reduced or nonexistent depending on the laws in your state. If you broke into the store in the middle of the night, you would be trespassing, and the owner would not owe you any duty of care.
The duty of care the owner owes you is also affected by whether a reasonable person would have seen the hazard and avoided the situation. For instance, what if you tripped over a large cart loaded with merchandise to stock the shelves in the store? Would a reasonable person have seen the big cart in the middle of the grocery aisle and walked around it?
What about somebody walking down the street and texting at the same time? Could they sue the city for tripping over a cracked sidewalk? Would their injury claim be reduced or denied because they contributed to their accident by not paying attention to where they were walking? Every situation is different, and the laws regarding liability are complicated and vary from state to state.
Slip and Fall Injuries
Injuries from falling can range from minor to life-threatening. Factors that could affect how badly somebody is hurt could be:
- victim’s age,
- victim’s health,
- how the victim fell,
- how the victim landed,
- surface the victim landed on, and
- whether the victim hit her/his head.
People have died from what may be considered freak accident slip and falls. For instance, if somebody has a pair of scissors or a knife in their hand and, during the fall, they fall on the tool, they could sustain a fatal wound. More commonly if somebody could hit their head in a fall, and frequently do. Sometimes the head injury is fatal.
Common slip and fall injuries include the following:
- Broken bones
- Head injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Back injury
- Dental trauma
Anything can happen in a slip or trip and fall. Regardless of the level of injury you suffer, the insurance company will do their best to deny or lower the amount of your claim.
Why Should I Get an Attorney for My Accident?
Most people carry premises liability insurance for their homes and businesses. This is to ensure that if an accident or unforeseen event happens there will be money to cover the emergency. But if you’ve sustained a serious injury, the coverage may be inadequate to compensate you for your damages. Moreover, insurance companies don’t stay in business to pay out large settlement amounts. They profit by maximizing the premiums they collect and minimizing the claims they have to pay.
A slip and fall lawyer will protect your interests after the accident. The sooner you ask for help from an experienced lawyer, the better the chances that you will receive a fair and just settlement amount for your accident and injuries. Once you call an attorney for help, your attorney can get started right away by doing the following:
- Reviewing the accident report
- Interviewing witnesses
- Investigating the accident scene
- Reviewing your medical records
- Assessing who is responsible and their insurance coverage
The insurance company will get started the minute they are informed of your accident, and their goal will be to reduce or deny your claim. They have their own skilled investigators. If they feel you have a strong claim, they may approach you early with a settlement offer and that offer may not be enough to adequately cover your future medical expenses and lost wages.
Call the Slip and Fall Attorneys at Isaacs & Isaacs
At Isaacs & Isaacs, our experienced legal team understands the multiple deadlines for pursuing these claims. That is why we are on call day and night, to assist you in your emergency as soon as possible. The sooner you contact us, the better result we can achieve on your behalf. We will get started immediately before:
- evidence changes or disappears,
- witnesses forget what they saw, and
- the deadline for filing your case or claim expires
Call us now at 800-800-8888 or fill out our online form to speak with an experienced slip and fall lawyer. We are here for you.