Falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits, which represent the leading cause of visits, at 21.3%. Of these visits, slips and falls account for over 1 million. Rarely fatal, the most serious consequence of falls is fractures and which occur in 5% of all people who fall and although and falls do not constitute a primary cause of fatal occupational injuries, they represent the primary cause of lost days from work.
Whether you have fallen in a public place, or in someone’s private residence, the major part of proving liability requires that there was a dangerous condition that caused you to fall, and that the owner knew about it. You must also prove it by a majority of the evidence, which means you have to prove that, more likely than not, the defendant was negligent in creating the conditions that led to your fall. Proving this negligence is your burden to prove in order to win a case like this.
Because of this burden, there are a few steps that need to be taken. First, is to document everything. Your doctor and lawyer will need to hear the details in order to help you the best way they can. Some questions to think about are: What were the circumstances that caused you to fall? Was there a dangerous condition? Were there any warning signs to alert you of the potential danger?
The second thing you need to do is make a doctor’s appointment. Even if the injury doesn’t seem serious, you want to have it checked out, for both your health and for legal reasons. Giving your doctor as many details as possible will also add to your collection of evidence.
Finally, contact an attorney. It’s best to hire an experienced personal injury lawyer so that they can help get you through this process as efficiently and painlessly as possible. A lawyer who has dealt with slip and fall cases before will know exactly what to ask and can help answer any questions you may have.
If you were recently injured in a slip and fall accident, and you are interested in pursuing a claim against the property owner of the premises where you were injured, call the experienced personal injury attorneys at Bigda Law.