If you are a victim of a slip and fall accident, it is important for you to know that you are not alone. Even in sunny Orange County, where we don’t have much rain or snow, the pavements may be wet and slippery from runoff from sprinklers. You may have been in a hurry and not seen the cracked sidewalk, or notice the stairs in the office building which were not properly repaired. You are most likely to injure yourself when you least expect it.
Incidences of slipping and falling can be much more crucial to the elderly because it takes longer for them to heal. Elderly people are more fragile due to bone loss and weakened muscles. A safe environment is not too much to expect when you are out in the public. You have a right to expect that you can get around without an undue risk of falling.
What To Do After A Slip And Fall
First things first: assess the situation. Is immediate emergency care necessary? If so, call 911 for an ambulance and proceed at once to the nearest emergency room. If not, you should still seek out treatment, so immediately see your medical care practitioner. You may not even be aware of the injuries you have suffered as a result of slipping and falling. A complete medical evaluation should include X-Rays, a Cat scan or other extensive procedures. These tests and exams are done to rule out any possible unknown injuries. Common slip and fall injuries often include head trauma.
Next, check if there are any witnesses or people to help. Be sure to document the date and time of your slip and fall accident. Note what you were doing just before you fell and what exactly caused the fall. Also take note of any apparent hazards located in the area. Try to be as specific as you can in the details – was there a crack in the concrete of the sidewalk? Were tree roots lifting up the sidewalk, causing a tripping hazard? Was there a liquid spilled at the grocery store which had not been cleaned up properly? Be very specific. Get statements, names and contact information from any of the witnesses who may have seen the slip and fall accident. Be sure to get a copy of the accident report.
Injuries From A Slip And Fall
The most common slip and fall injuries are usually fractured bones, sprained ankles, hip injuries, elbow injuries or even a concussion. These injuries usually occur when walking on sidewalks, parking lots, driveways and even inside a store.
Pavement and hard floor surfaces are usually very slippery when wet. If a business has not properly made people aware of potential danger by placing a sign-out, they may be liable for any damages and injuries caused by that dangerous situation.
Property owners owe anyone who is legally on the property a duty of due care. The law states it is reasonable to expect that the premises are maintained reasonably and in a safe manner. If injuries are caused by the negligence of a person or entity, such as a business, or governmental agency, the injured person has the right to seek and collect for their damages.
If you have been injured while on someone else’s property, contact Jeffrey Dawson for a free consultation and evaluate your potential slip and fall injury case.