Recovery for injuries from dangerous conditions, slip and fall, animal bites, and negligent security.
Personal injury attorneys handle a wide array of cases, including “slip and fall” accidents. A slip and fall case is exactly what it sounds like: an individual slips, falls and sustains an injury due to dangerous conditions at a business or residence. Believe it or not, it has become extremely difficult to win a slip and fall case in Texas and Louisiana. That’s because attorneys must prove the property owner failed to use reasonable care to keep their property safe. It’s not always an easy win–so most injury attorneys pass up on these types of cases all together.
At Shamieh Law, we aren’t satisfied by going after low-hanging fruit. We care about public safety and helping victims get justice. Below we examine a few important factors that any personal injury attorney will take into consideration. We’ll also provide you with tips to help you win your case. Remember, this article is for general information purposes and is not intended to be and should not be taken as legal advice.
Property Owners’ Role in Preventing Slip and Fall Accidents
What is an Unreasonably Dangerous Condition?
Dangerous conditions usually occur when employees are not trained properly or when property owners knowingly neglect an area that’s in disrepair. Property owners may also fail to place a sign warning customers of a hazardous area, such as a slippery floor that’s been recently mopped. Examples of dangerous conditions may include any of the following:
- Water, ice, food, or other items left on the floor
- Cords, cables, and wires
- Holes, uneven floors or curbs
- Missing or poorly maintained staircase hand rails
- Trip hazards like hidden wires or ropes
- Slippery sidewalks
- Inadequate lighting
- Unsecured rugs or carpet
- A spill in a grocery store aisle
- A rotting board in a deck, which leads to collapse and injury
- A malfunctioning elevator
- Poorly maintained or cracked falls, which cause a trip
- Poor lighting, which leads to stumbling
The danger of the conditions also depends on context. For example, an inch-wide crack in a paved parking lot might not be considered unreasonably dangerous, but the same crack could pose a serious hazard inside a poorly lit store.
The Dangers of Slipping and Falling
Can Homeowners be Liable?
What Should I Do if I Fall?
- First, seek medical attention. Even if you don’t feel like you’re seriously injured, get checked out. The medical records will be useful should you decide to pursue legal action.
- Don’t make any detailed statements about whose fault the injury is (e.g., don’t say, “Oh, I’m such a klutz”) and don’t make statements to insurance adjusters.
- Write down the names of property owners and managers and witnesses.
- Photograph the scene and your injuries.
- Keep your clothing and shoes.