According to the CDC, more than 1 million people annually visit the emergency room because of a slip and fall accident. Unfortunately, it’s too easy to slip or trip on something and take a bad fall. In many cases, we find a hazardous condition that wasn’t easily noticeable to the person who fell.
Some common causes of slip and fall accidents include:
If you are in a public place like a store, let management know what happened. Most stores or venues open to the public require the manager on duty to fill out an incident report if a customer is hurt. Generally, they ask for your name, contact info, and a brief statement describing what happened.
You should be honest about what occurred, avoid discussing fault, and not say that you think it was your fault. North Carolina’s contributory negligence laws prevent you from recovering compensation if you are even partially at fault, and we’ve met many clients who were mistaken about this. It’s very common for people to say, “I guess I just tripped over my own feet.”
That does happen occasionally, but in many cases, we learn that the injured person tripped over something they couldn’t see, like a slightly loose tile.
If other people around saw your fall, try to get their names and contact info. Many clients tell us about the kindness of strangers who helped them after their accident.
These people may have observed things about the scene that you couldn’t see from your perspective – such as what you tripped on. Take pictures of where you fell, which might help us determine what could have caused the problem.
Always get medical attention, even if you think you’re all right. With some injuries, you may not have as much pain right away as you do the next morning or even a few days later.
The adrenaline rush associated with an accident can temporarily distract you from pain, or the injury may worsen when the area becomes swollen later. Seeing a healthcare provider will ensure you get the treatment you need and create a record that can be consulted if you have more pain or symptoms later.
Let the owner know what happened. They probably won’t ask you for help with an incident report, but you should follow the other instructions above – ask for names and contact info of witnesses, seek medical care for your injuries, and take pictures of the scene if you can.
You should also ask the host for their renter’s or homeowner’s insurance policy number. There’s no need to argue if they are angry or refuse to give it to you.
Go see a doctor, get your injuries checked out, and call a lawyer immediately afterward. As long as you know the owner’s name or at least the property’s address, we can track down the owner and follow up about their insurance coverage.
There are many ways to get hurt when you fall and hit the floor or other nearby objects. Here are some common injuries we see in slip and fall cases:
Even with health insurance, injury treatment can be expensive.
There might be copays, treatments your insurance company randomly decides not to cover, prescription costs, physical therapy that may not be covered, mobility devices or accessibility accommodations, and more. Worse, if your injuries prevent you from returning to work for days, weeks, or even months, you might not have the money to cover these costs.
If you were injured on property that belongs to someone else – either a business or an individual – you may be able to seek compensation from an insurance carrier.
Homeowner’s and business liability insurance often covers medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages from slip and fall accidents. However, you may need to prove that you were not at fault in the accident, so it’s essential that you contact a North Carolina slip and fall lawyer right away.
Our team of Heavy Hitters will discuss your case with you and explain any potential routes for seeking compensation. We never charge a fee until we win or settle your case, so you have nothing to lose by discovering your options. Please call 800-LAW-0804 today to learn more.