Riverside Slip-and-Fall Accident Lawyer
If you were hurt in a fall that was the result of someone else’s negligence, call Dickson, Kohan & Bablove, LLP to speak with a Riverside slip and fall accident lawyer. This type of accident is all too common and often the result of a property owner not taking precautionary measures to prevent falls.
Common Accidents, Serious Injuries
According to the National Floor Safety Institute, slip and falls lead to more than one million visits to the emergency room every year. If you sought treatment for a slip and fall and someone else was to blame, you could be entitled to compensation.
After a fall, common serious injuries include all of the following:
Falls in the Elderly
Seniors are at the most risk for dangerous falls, and the National Council on Aging lists falls as the leading cause of injury among the elderly. Given these statistics, many property owners will fight an older person’s personal injury claim and say that the victim’s age was the root cause.
We can work to prove a slip and fall accident involving premises liability and demonstrate that the accident was caused by the negligence of the property owner, and that it was not just a simple accident.
Accident vs. Negligence
By working with a Riverside slip and fall accident lawyer from our office, we can help you prove that your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence and how. This process is a necessary step in ensuring that you receive the compensation you are due.
The other party may try to prove that you fell due to your own carelessness and not due to their error. If they are successful, you might not receive any compensation for what you’ve endured. This makes it critical to retain an attorney to gather evidence and build a strong case for what happened and why you deserve compensation—all things that our firm can assist you with.
Determining Fault for a Slip and Fall
Your Riverside slip and fall accident lawyer will determine what caused your accident. For example, our investigation may reveal that there was a tear in the carpet, a railing was loose, or the area was poorly lit. By identifying the cause of the accident, it is possible to determine who could have prevented it.
This process is at the core of any premises liability case. In order to be negligent, a property owner, manager, or tenant would need to guilty of the following:
- Be Aware or Should Have Been Aware of the Problem – For example, if a stair rail was coming off the wall, that would be a clear safety problem.
- Have Had Time to Fix the Problem – If the issue occurred immediately prior to your injury, the individual would not have had time to address it. However, if we can prove that the issue was recurrent or outstanding, it could be argued that the issue could have been fixed but was neglected.
By either keeping a property in purposeful disrepair or ignoring known issues, a property owner or manager could be found negligent and therefore responsible for your slip and fall accident.
Steps to Take After Your Slip and Fall Accident
After you have fallen, you should take steps to preserve the evidence. Your Riverside slip and fall accident lawyer will be able to put any evidence you collect immediately after your accident to good use in your case. Always attend to any urgent medical issues first, but take pictures of the accident scene as soon as possible following your fall. It is also wise to gather witnesses’ contact information so that we can follow up with them later.
Take pictures of everything listed below:
- The area around where you fell, including pictures in each direction
- The exact spot where you fell down
- Any injuries you suffered
- Images of the surroundings that can provide context to what happened
Next, you will need to file an accident or incident report, depending on where you were when injured. For example, if you are in a major retail store, they will have an incident report for you to fill out, and it is likely that you will be contacted by their lawyers.
Request a copy of any paperwork you submit, and bring it with you to your consultation when you speak with a Riverside slip and fall accident lawyer from our firm.
Properly Valuing Your Injury Claim
To make certain you receive the true value of your claim, speak with a Riverside slip and fall accident lawyer from Dickson, Kohan & Bablove, LLP. Most people who attempt to represent themselves accept settlements that are too low. By not including expenses such as transportation costs, future medical bills, and time missed from work, you could be leaving money on the table.
Get Help from a Riverside Slip and Fall Attorney
A Riverside slip and fall accident lawyer from Dickson, Kohan & Bablove, LLP can answer any questions you may have, while helping you create a strategy for recovery. This involves more than simply visiting the doctor. It requires creating a plan and understanding how much money will be needed to pay for the care your injury will need, both now and in the future.
We have the knowledge and the experience necessary to get you the compensation your injuries demand. You can schedule a free case evaluation by calling 1-844-404-2400 or completing the contact form at the bottom of this page.