Posted on May 30, 2011 in Personal Injury
Q. What is a slip and fall, or trip and fall accident?
A. Slip and fall accidents occur when an injury as taken place on someone else’s property as a result of a dangerous or hazardous condition. Slip and fall, or trip and fall accidents are one of the most common types of claims involving premises liability. Premises liability is the area of law that holds property owners liable for injuries suffered by others while on their property.
Q. How many people are injured in slip and fall accidents every year?
A. Statistics released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show slip and fall accidents account for more than one million injuries every year in the United States. Shockingly, more than 17,000 people die every year as a result of a slip and fall injury.
Q. What types of injuries can be sustained in an Oakland slip and fall accident?
A. The CDC reports that almost 30 percent of fall-related injuries are moderate to severe. Almost any injury can be sustained in a slip, trip or fall accident, however, traumatic brain injuries, hip injuries, broken bone injuries, herniated disc injuries, neck injuries, joint injuries and contusions are more common.
Q. I was injured in a trip and fall accident while at the grocery store. Should an incident report be filled out at the time of the fall?
A. If your injuries were a result of a dangerous or hazardous condition, such as a wet floor, obstructed walkway or falling object, an accident report should be filled out at the time of the incident. Store policy usually requires a manger or administrator to fill out an incident report documenting the events of the accident. If a store incident report is completed, make sure to get a copy of the document. If an incident report is not completed, try to collect as much evidence as you can yourself. Document the events leading up to the fall and if possible, get names and contact numbers of any eyewitnesses.
Q. How can I receive help for my accident-related medical bills?
A. Victims may be entitled to financial compensation for accident-related injuries. A professional Oakland personal injury lawyer will carefully review all elements of your case to determine if legal action is possible. If filing a personal injury claim is within your legal options, the lawyer should be able to tell you what types of damages you may be entitled to compensation for. In a slip and fall accident claim, compensation may be obtained for past, current and future medical bills, lost wages, future lost wages, disfigurement, diminished quality of life, emotional anguish and physical pain.
Q. Do I need an Oakland slip and fall accident attorney to file a personal injury claim?
A. Hiring an Oakland slip and fall accident lawyer is not required, but highly recommended when filing a personal injury claim. When faced with a lawsuit, a business owner or homeowner may try to deny any wrongdoing or under-value your damages. An experienced attorney can fight for your legal rights to full and fair financial compensation.
and fall accidents occur when an injury as taken place on someone else’s
property as a result of a dangerous or hazardous condition. Slip and fall, or
trip and fall accidents are one of the most common types of claims involving
premises liability. Premises liability is the area of law that holds property
owners liable for injuries suffered by others while on their property.