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An experienced slip and fall accident attorney discusses some of the most frequently asked questions regarding slip and fall accidents and the steps to take once an accident has occurred. For information on other topics visit our Personal Injury Associate FAQ page.
Follow these steps:
- Your health matters most, so get help first.
- Report the accident to whoever has authority over the property
- Documentation is important. Collect all the information you can of witnesses, including their contact information.
- Photographic evidence is very important in slip and fall accidents. Therefore, take photos of whatever caused your slip and the condition of the object or area.
- Do you remember anything about the accident? Note it all down. It’ll make a good statement.
- Do you wear the same shoes every day? You should consider keeping them away for some time, safe and accessible. They may act as evidence.
- Do not give any statements to any individuals, be it you’re the property owner or your insurance company, in the absence of legal representation.
- Reach out to us as soon as you can, and we shall take over your case. You don’t have to worry anymore; you’re in professional hands.
Follow these steps:
- Are you injured? Then first get medical assistance and attention.
- What did you trip on? Note it down.
- Was it snow or ice? Note down the conditions they were in, for instance, whether they had sand or salt.
- Any witnesses around? Get as much contact and address information about them as you can.
- Have your phone or camera with you? Take photographic evidence of whatever it is you slipped on and anything else relevant to the accident like the lighting of the area where you fell.
- Do you have a location of where you slipped? Note it down.
- Through a registered mail and within ten days of the accident, you’re required to write a letter of notice to the City Clerk. In the letter, remember to explain the circumstances of your fall, injuries sustained, location, time, and date. All these should be explained clearly without any ambiguity. You can give us a call before you do this so that we’ll advise you appropriately and ensure you don’t miss anything.
- Do you still have the shoes you tripped on? Keep them well. They may serve as evidence.
- You may come down to our offices to further discuss your case.
Slip and fall cases may not have standard time limits within which they’ll be settled. However, we’ll always try to get you fair compensation as soon as we can, at an average of 18 months. Less complex cases get settled faster, with at times even getting closed within the first 12 months, while more complex cases take between 18 to 24 months and at times even 36 months. The severity of your injuries and extent of your damages may determine how fast or slow your case is going to be settled, and the nature of your accident may determine its complexity.
Your countdown will always start on the day the accident happened. Reach out to us today, and we’ll help you establish how much time you have.
Whether or not you have a strong case will depend on several factors which may include but are not limited to available and collected evidence, credible witness accounts and statements, the number of available witnesses with similar accounts, facts of the case which are in line with witness statements, documentation. Do not be worried, however, that you may not have a strong case because no case is won at its kickoff. Therefore, we shall always do all that we can to ensure we win you your deserved compensation. If you still have more inquiries on this, then reach out to us today, and we shall help clarify everything.
We usually do a damages evaluation to establish how much you lost due to the accident and the total amount that you can possibly get in fair and adequate compensation. In this evaluation, we shall consider the extent of your injuries, both physical and psychological; emotional distress caused, medical costs and even rehabilitation costs among several other considerations. We shall then fight to win your case and upon so, we shall charge a fee on your settlement and the remainder will be all yours.
No. This is because you’re our top and only priority and if we were to represent insurance companies like most law firms do, then we’d run at a risk of facing a conflict of interests. We want our attention and focus to be on winning your case and only yours, without having to worry about your insurance company. This way, the whole process of fighting your case will not be filled with distractions and red lines.
The compensation amount that we shall claim, upon settlement, should cover all your expenses and other damages which may include but are not limited to physical and psychological pain, and other losses like income. This compensation should also cover both short and long-term injuries and medical expenses. Therefore, after reaching an amicable settlement and signing off, the insurance company shall not make any future payments.
Yes. After talking to our 24-7 customer service, you will, within no time, be connected to one of our experienced lawyers who will help you through your case and advice you appropriately.