SLIP AND FALL ATTORNEY LEWISVILLE, TX
Attorney Todd R. Durham Helps Slip and Fall Victims Get Maximum Compensation for Their Injuries
Are you, a family member, or friend a victim of a slip and fall accident? This type of accident occurs when you trip, slip, or slide on a walking surface because of an obstruction or unsafe conditions. When a slip and fall accident occurs as a result of another individual or company’s carelessness, negligence, or recklessness, the injured victim has the legal right to seek compensation from the responsible party. The Law Office of Todd R. Durham is your legal slip and fall advocate. We can help you get a fair and just settlement for your injuries, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Property Owner Liability
The owner of a property has the legal duty to ensure that their property is safe for individuals who enter their property lawfully. A property owner can be held liable in a slip and fall case if they knew, or should have known about the dangerous conditions but failed to remedy the situation.
Evaluating Slip and Fall Accidents
To determine liability for a slip and fall injury, several aspects of the accident may be evaluated. The length of time during which the dangerous condition was present may show that the property owner had ample time to identify and correct the problem. If the hazard could have been prevented or remedied easily, failure to do so is considered negligence. Negligence may also be indicated when the property owner fails to post warnings about a known hazardous condition. Evaluating a slip and fall claim can be complex and is best done by a legal professional.
Document the Incident
If you or a loved one has suffered a slip and fall accident injury, it is very helpful to compile a record about the incident. Many places of business have a policy for filing a slip and fall accident report at the scene of the incident, though not always. If you decide to fill out a slip and fall accident report along with compiling your record of the incident, the following information may be important:
- Where and when the accident took place
- Who was injured
- What were the injuries (broken bones, head injuries, back injuries, etc.)
- Who witnessed the accident and their account of the incident
- The environment in which the slip and fall accident took place
- The cause of the slip and fall
- Who owns and operates the property
- Pictures of the location where the slip and fall occurred
Slip & Fall Statistics
Slip and falls happen a lot more than you would expect. In fact, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) lists slip, trip, and falls and the second leading cause of accidental death in the workplace. People who experience a slip and fall can experience severe injuries including broken bones, bruising, and long-lasting pain. In fact, more than 46% of traumatic brain injuries experienced by elderly Americans are caused by a fall. Many workplace environments can be ripe with opportunities for a slip or trip and fall to occur. More than 20% of work accidents involve a slip and fall. These are statistics that everyone should be aware of. It is crucial that when you have been injured due to a slip and fall on someone’s property or at work that you talk to an experienced attorney. The best way to get the financial compensation you need to recover is to ensure you have the right attorney on your side, fighting for your best interests. Todd Durham has helped countless clients with their slip and fall.
Slip & Fall Settlements
One of the most frequently asked questions we get at our firm regards the amount you will receive from a slip and fall settlement. In most cases, the amount you get from a settlement depends on your damages. This includes the severity of your injury, any long-term disability, lost wages, opportunity costs, pain and suffering, and other damages. If you experienced a relatively minor injury with a full recovery expected, your settlement might be smaller than someone who suffered a severe injury who is unable to return to work and will have ongoing pain. No attorney will be able to let you know the exact figure you can receive, as the process can be different for each case and each client. However, a skilled personal injury attorney can give you a relatively accurate estimate of what you can expect based on the facts of your case.
Liability for Slip and Fall Accidents
The term “slip and fall” is often used in a personal injury case when someone has slipped or tripped and is injured on another individual’s property or on business property. These cases are often known as premises liability claims. When the accident occurs on someone else’s property, whether it is owned or maintained by a different individual altogether, the individual who resides over the property could be held legally responsible for the accident. This is consider liability.
There are many ways for a slip and fall accident to occur, such as torn carpeting, drastic changes to the flooring, poor lighting, a narrow staircase, or perhaps even a wet floor in a back aisle at the grocery store. Whatever the reason for the accident, the claims court will find someone liable for the damages. These damages often include loss of work pay, hospital bills, emotional trauma, and perhaps even rehabilitation if the injury itself was severe enough.
What compensation might I be eligible for?
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation based on your damages. The greater the severity of your injuries and the cost of your recovery, the larger your settlement or judgment may be. Many people who are injured in slip and fall accidents are eligible for receiving compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and on occasion, punitive damages are awarded. Your attorney would be better able to determine how much you may be eligible for when it comes to compensation for your slip and fall accident. If you have questions, contact our office today and schedule a free consultation.
Contact Slip and Fall Attorney Todd R. Durham
If there is negligence on the part of the property owner that caused the slip and fall accident, you may be eligible to receive monetary compensation for your damages. The best way to ensure that you are adequately compensated for your suffering is to retain an experienced personal injury attorney.
Contact attorney Todd R. Durham, a slip and fall attorney located in Lewisville, TX. Call us today at (214) 222-4000 for your FREE CONSULTATION or take a moment and complete the free online request form and Todd or his staff will get in contact with you to discuss your case.