If you are injured on someone else’s property because of a hazard the property owner knew of (or should have known of) and failed to address, you have a legal right to pursue compensation from them for your injuries. Slip and fall injuries can be traumatic and expensive. In the days and weeks that follow, you may need extensive medical care, including surgeries or physical therapy.
When you feel well enough to do so, consider contacting Bernstein & Poisson. These personal injury lawyers are ready to fight for you to pursue your rightful compensation for current and anticipated medical bills and lost income, as well as mental pain and anguish. Call (702) 633-3333 today.
Slip and Fall Injuries that Could Entitle You to Damages
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 20% of falls cause serious injuries, such as broken bones or TBI. Furthermore, about 800,000 patients are hospitalized for falls, and more than 3 million older adults receive emergency care for fall injuries every year. CDC notes as well that the vast majority of hip fractures and TBIs are caused by falls.
Slipping or tripping and falling may be embarrassing, but you should not feel ashamed. Suffering from a severe injury is traumatic enough. You should not also have to bear the burden of costly medical bills and stress over lost wages or reduced earning capacity.
A North Las Vegas slip and fall injury lawyer can help you pursue just compensation from the responsible party or parties. Not only can this equip you with the resources you need to recover and move forward, but it may also ensure the negligent property owner behaves more responsibly and decreases the risk that others might suffer harm in the future. Call for a free consultation from the Bernstein & Poisson team at (702) 633-3333.
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What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident
There are several things you can do after a slip and fall accident to help protect your right to compensation. First, do not admit fault for the accident.
File an Accident Report
Report the incident to the property owner, store manager, or another person of authority who is on-site at the time of the accident. Your report should include details about the incident, including the time and location, cause and witness’ names, contact information, and accounts. Request a copy of the report.
If you could not file a report at the time of the incident (possibly because you had to go immediately to the hospital), try to write down everything you can remember about the incident as soon as you are able. Then, file a claim with the property owner’s insurer.
Keep in mind that the defendant’s insurance company does not have your best interest in mind. It might seek to minimize the claim as much as possible to save money.
A lawyer can help you deal with the insurance company to negotiate for a fair settlement. Consider talking to an attorney before you speak with an insurance company representative.
Seek Prompt Medical Treatment
If you did not go to the hospital for emergency care, seek medical attention from a primary care physician or urgent care provider as soon as possible after the incident. This is crucial for your safety. Some injuries might not be immediately apparent, and shock may hinder your ability to recognize how seriously you have been hurt.
Receiving an immediate medical evaluation is also essential to confirm that the slip and fall caused your injuries, rather than some pre-existing condition or another incident.
Keep a record of all of your medical appointments, bills, and prescriptions. Also, take note of your pain levels and the degree to which your injuries impact your work and day-to-day life. If you suffer from post-traumatic stress, depression, or anxiety because of the incident, note your mental health struggles as well.
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Why Do Slip and Falls Happen?
Any time you walk out of the door, you face some risk of an accident. However, slip and fall incidents are more likely to occur in some locations than in others. Some of the more common types of slip and fall claims include:
- Falls in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or retirement communities
- Falls at hospitals or doctor’s offices
- Slip and falls in stores or restaurants
- Falls in parking lots, on stairs, or on walkways—usually as a result of poor lighting, broken railings, or cracked or uneven pavement
- Falls at apartments or commercially-owned tenant properties
- Trip and falls on carpets or rugs that are not adequately secured
- Broken elevators or escalators
- Falls due to poorly maintained or shoddily constructed decks, porches, or patios
- Trips and falls on electrical cords
As you can see, many slip and fall incidents occur because of improper maintenance or failure to observe proper safety protocol. For instance, some slips and falls occur because property owners fail to ensure appropriate signage to warn patrons of wet or highly-polished, slippery floors, or uneven pavement.
Had the property owner addressed these hazards or warned patrons of their existence, it is likely no injuries would have occurred. If they failed to do so, however, this may be considered an act of negligence.
Get in Touch with a Law Firm Today
If you are ready to get started on your case, call Bernstein & Poisson at (702) 633-3333. Our team is here to support you through this challenging period and help you get back on your feet. Keep in mind, Nevada has a two-year statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim, according to NRS § 11.190, so the sooner you act, the better.