We never expect it to happen to ourselves, but unfortunately, slips, trips, and falls do happen, and sometimes, the consequences can be serious.
Accidents are a natural part of life, but if you suffer an accident, and it wasn’t your fault, then the law is there to protect you. Injuring yourself in a fall can have big financial implications, as well as causing you physical and emotional suffering, so it’s important you know what your rights are.
If you’re unsure whether you are due compensation from your slip, trip, or fall, then speak to an attorney for the best advice.
Common Causes of Slips, Trips, and Falls
Slips trips and falls happen. We all hope to go our whole lives without having an accident such as a trip, slip, or fall but unfortunately, many people suffer them in their lifetime.
There are many different causes for these trips, slips, and falls, but some common ones are:
- Damaged sidewalks
- Snow or ice
- Inadequate lighting
- Wet surfaces
- Cracked steps, and potholes
Though these issues might seem trivial, they can lead to serious injuries, and potentially large bills for medical treatment. If you’re involved in an accident because of any of the above reasons, then the law is there to protect you and ensure you receive compensation.
What are Your Rights?
Property owners, whether that’s the government, who own the sidewalk, or a private firm, who own the office you’re visiting, have a duty to make sure their properties are free from dangerous conditions that might injure you.
If the property owner fails in this duty of care and you are injured in a slip, trip, or fall, then you might be able to file a claim against them. These responsible parties can be broken into different categories:
- Business owner
- Property owner
- Insurance company
- General contractor
What Kind of Compensation Can You Expect?
A trip, slip, or fall can affect your life in many different ways, and the law is there to ensure your expenses related to the accident are covered. Your expenses aren’t simply limited to medical bills, but might also include lost income, future care expenses, and loss of healthcare benefits.
With Schwartzapfel Lawyers, you can make sure you don’t suffer from the financial implications of your fall. They can’t take away the pain, but they can make it easier to deal with the repercussions of your accident.
Why Speak to an Attorney?
Speaking to an attorney can help put your mind at ease that you’ve got someone looking after you and protecting your interests.
If you’re injured in a slip, trip, or fall, and it wasn’t your fault, then you shouldn’t have to suffer financially because of it. The reality is though, there are lots of people who do, because the claims process isn’t straightforward, and they didn’t have someone guiding them through the process.
If you’re working with an experienced attorney, then you know they will do everything they can to get you the compensation you need.