Slip and Fall Commercial Property
Commercial property owners have an obligation to keep their property in a reasonably safe condition. When a person has slipped, tripped, or fallen on a commercial property due to the owner’s negligence, then the victim can file a personal injury claim. Each personal injury case is unique, and so are the circumstances surrounding them. The following information is meant to give you a general overview of these types of cases, but the best way to know what you should do is to call the office of Goldstein & Goldstein, LLP. We can schedule your free case evaluation to learn more about the circumstances surrounding your case.
Common Slip And Fall Injuries
Because a slip or fall can happen anywhere, the injuries can be varied. But these are some of the most common:
One of the most common injuries of a slip and fall is a hip fracture. Hip fractures occur when there has been a break in the upper thigh bone known as the femur. These are commonly found in nursing home injuries where a resident has fallen.
Unfortunately, some slip and fall accidents involve severe injuries, such as a person falling over hard enough to damage the head, neck, skull, or sometimes, even the brain. Depending on the age, the health of the victim prior to the accident, the type of surface (concrete, grass, shallow pool), and what height the victim fell from, head injuries can be minor and temporary to severe and life-threatening.
Injuries to the ankles, knees, elbows, and other joints are very common with slip and fall injuries. A very common wrist injury occurs when victims try to “break” their fall by putting their hands out in front of them, a natural reflex to suddenly finding oneself falling. This can overextend the wrist and cause significant injury to the thumb and fingers as well.
What should you do immediately after you have fallen on commercial property?
The steps you take after a slip and fall can help your case or can harm it, depending on what you do. Here are some general guidelines on what steps to take after you have fallen on a commercial property so that you can receive maximum compensation:
- Report the slip and fall immediately: Most property owners have a procedure they must follow when a guest injures themselves and usually includes writing up an incident report. Report the slip and fall to management and make sure to get a copy of any written reports.
- Take pictures: Video and photographic evidence are helpful, and nowadays, everyone has a camera on their phone. Capture both photo and video of the area where the accident happened and any contributing factors such as wet walkways, exposed cables, or other hazards. Also, take pictures of the injuries.
- Be careful what you say: You don’t know what the outcome of your case could be and you don’t want to say anything that the property owner’s insurance company can use against you later. Rather, call us so we can let you know what your rights and responsibilities are.
- Seek medical treatment: Without a diagnosis from a licensed physician, it’s going to be very difficult to get any damages for your injuries. Go to the nearest emergency room, and then give us a call to walk you through the following steps and what to do once you start receiving medical bills.
When you have been injured by someone else’s recklessness or negligence and have incurred losses due to the injury, then the law allows you to seek compensation from the liable party for the expenses related to your injury. You could also file for damages related to pain and suffering as well.
Why Goldstein & Goldstein, LLP
Our personal injury attorneys stand up for the injured and have a successful track record. We have won millions at our law firm for our clients. Recently we have been able to recover over $200,000 for a slip and fall case involving a sidewalk and a broken ankle. In another case, when a victim fell on ice, we were able to recover $600,000 for them. Give us a call today to schedule your free case evaluation.