Charleston Slip and fall

Slip and Fall Accidents

A few things to look for

Make sure the slip and fall attorney your selects uses experts who can use special tools to scientifically test the surface you slipped on.  This evidence can provide further evidence of a property owner’s negligence. It may also be necessary for your attorneys to work with engineering, safety, and medical experts.

Charleston slip and fall attorneys

If a property owner has “actual” or “constructive” notice of a dangerous condition they owe a legal duty to warn to warn invitees and others who come on their premises. Often warning is not enough.  Depending on the danger, the owner may be required to correct, mark off, and take all precautions necessary to make the premises safe. If the property owner is aware there could be a legal obligation to use warning signs like wet floor signs, caution signs, or provide other written or verbal warnings.

State and local building codes, industry standards, and regulations require that all surfaces meet minimum thresholds for “slip resistance”. Slip resistance is important for both wet and dry surfaces. The most common defense used by property owners is that the accident was caused by the injured person failing to pay attention to their surroundings. This argument attempts to shift blame to you rather than focusing on their negligence.

How common are slip and fall accidents

Trips, slips and falls account for nearly 15% of all serious injury and accidental deaths.  Annually, approximately 600,000 trips, slips and falls require medical attention in the United States. Broken bones and other types of fractures often occur when there is accident. Other common injuries include leg, arm, wrist, shoulder, and knee injuries. If your accident occurred in a retail store, supermarket, or apartment complex here are some things you should do immediately.

  • Fill out an incident report or report the accident and keep a copy.
  • If they won’t give you one take a picture of it.
  • Obtain the names of all employees or managers.
  • Be sure not to get into a discussion with the manager about the facts or liability.
  • Take photographs and video footage of the accident scene and condition of the premises.
  • Obtain the name, address, or phone number of all potential witnesses.
  • Seek immediate medical attention and document all potential injuries.
  1. Medical Help – The most important item is your health and safety. Get medical attention if necessary.  Seeking medical attention will often assist you later by being able to document your injuries.  Again, the most important aspect is your safety.
  2. Report It – As long as it does not impair your safety, make sure you report the accident.  If you are at a business, make sure the manager makes a report and gives you a copy.
  3. Take Photos – If it can be done safely, document with pictures and video the precise location where you fell, including stairs, railings, ice patches, or any other condition that contributed to the fall. Be sure to record the date and time of the accident.
  4. Witnesses– Collect names, phone numbers, and addresses of any possible witnesses. This will help prove your version of events down the road.
  5. Consider calling an Attorney – If you are considering legal action, you should contact an attorney who can guide you through the process.