Slip and Fall

Slip and Fall is a generic term for an injury that occurs when someone slips, trips or falls due to a hazard on someone else's property. These hazards may include situations like ice, snow, or water resulting in slick or uneven footing as well as objects in the walkway (boxes, toys, cables) or conditions (poor lighting) that result in a trip.

Though not technically a "slip and fall" situation, we also include injuries resulting from other hazardous conditions on the property such as low hanging signs or branches and falling items such as from the top of a closet or store shelf.

People who suffer an injury often do not report it because they blame themselves, are embarrassed, or do not believe the injury is serious. Any injury, regardless of how slight, that occurs on someone else's property should be reported to the property owner immediately. On commercial properties don't hesitate to ask for a written accident report and make sure it includes any conditions that contributed to the accident. In other situations make a note to yourself of these circumstances.

Don't dismiss the injury because it is insignificant. Scrapes and minor cuts can become infected. Muscle strains and sprains may present themselves as a little soreness or tenderness until the swelling sets in.

In the event of a serious injury, seek medical attention immediately. Stores, restaurants, and other commercial venues should provide an ambulance at your request.

In the event of an injury where the property owner is at fault, payment of the resulting medical bills may be the least of the owner legal responsibilities. They may also be responsible for lost pay, reimbursement for pain and suffering, and in some situations punitive damages.

Not every accident has to result in a law suit. Many property owners are reasonable and will make every effort to meet their responsibilities. It is often, however, in your best interest to consult an attorney in order to fully understand what you are entitled to and to negotiate any disagreements on your behalf.