Slip and Fall
Little Rock Slip and Fall Attorneys
When you are on someone else’s property you don’t expect to get hurt. Unfortunately, accidents happen. When they occur another person’s property, that person may be held liable for the damages. Many slip and fall accidents are the result the property owner or landlord’s negligence. By law, these individuals are required to keep their properties in a “reasonably safe condition,” but that doesn’t mean they always do.
If you have slipped or fallen while on someone else’s property, you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim related to premises liability laws. Regardless of whether your injury was caused by an unsafe structure or a wet floor at the grocery store, you don’t deserve to pay the price for the property owner’s negligence.
The Little Rock attorneys at the Minton Law Firm have extensive experience in personal injury cases, including those related to slip and fall accidents. We will deal with the property owner and their insurance company, and fight to recover the damages you’re entitled to and need.
Slip and Fall Injuries
Falls are quite common, and yet it’s nearly impossible to foresee a situation that will cause an accident. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that, on average, one out of every five falls will result in a serious injury. They also found that falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
The type of injuries that result from a slip and fall accident are hard to predict. For instance, you could fall through improperly built steps and only suffer minor injuries. Alternately, the very same accident could also result in broken bones or worse. Slips and falls can result in:
- Head and neck injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Cuts and scrapes
- Joint injuries
- Torn or sprained ligaments and tendons
- Permanent disfigurement
- Wrongful death
What Causes Slip and Fall Accidents
Just about anything can cause a slip and fall accident. While we like to think we are graceful beings, it doesn’t take much for us to lose our balance. We’ve all fallen because we haven’t been paying attention to where we are walking, but many times the root cause of a slip and fall is beyond our control. Many accidents are caused by:
- Icy surfaces
- Wet floors
- Hazards/obstructions (debris, tools, boxes, etc.)
- Unsafe structures
- Improperly maintained stairs and floors
- Insufficient lighting
- Rough or uneven sidewalks
Unsafe conditions can occur almost anywhere. We have seen many accidents happen on/in:
- Parking lots
- Construction sites
- Nursing homes
- Entertainment venues
- Private residences
- Rental properties
Residential vs. Commercial Slip and Falls
How a slip and fall case unfolds is based on whether to injury occurred on a residential property or a commercial property. In each situation, there are different rules the landlord or property owner must adhere to for the property to be considered reasonably safe.
In a residential slip and fall, you must prove the following for the property owner or landlord to be held liable:
1. The landlord or owner was responsible for the conditions that caused the accident
2. Inexpensive repairs could have prevented the accident
3. Failure to perform said repairs obviously caused the injury
4. The landlord or owner was unable or unwilling to fix the problem that caused the slip or fall
In a commercial slip and fall, the liability may fall on someone other than the owner or landlord, such as the property manager, company/business, or an individual employee.
To demonstrate liability in a commercial slip and fall case, you must be able to prove that one of the above parties:
1. Was the cause of the spill, obstruction, or unsafe structure
2. Neglected to correct the dangerous situation, despite being aware of it
3. Failed to act “reasonably” and deliberately neglected to correct the dangerous situation
Proving Negligence in Slip and Fall Cases
Insurance companies are out to accomplish one goal: protect their best interests. Since this is the way they do business, it won’t come as a surprise that in a slip and fall case, the insurance company of the landlord or property owner will try to prove the accident was your fault. They will not only assert that their client did not act negligently, but that you acted carelessly.
Accidents are bad enough without having to deal with accusations that you somehow caused your own injury. You didn’t deserve to be hurt in the first place, and you certainly don’t deserve to deal with false accusations afterwards. Justin Minton knows the tricks insurance adjustors use to get themselves off the hook. He knows they will claim whatever they reasonably can in an attempt to close the case without compensating you fairly.
To help your slip and fall lawyer successfully prove your case, you’re going to need ample evidence. It is critically important to document as much as you can immediately after the accident. If you don’t, the landlord or property owner may wait until you leave to correct the situation, making it difficult to prove there was any danger in the first place.
If you suffer a slip or fall, do the following ASAP:
- Take pictures of where the accident occurred. Take them from every angle and include the floor, ceiling, and any furniture or equipment that is in the area.
- Look for witnesses. If someone witnessed your fall, get their contact information and ask if they would be willing to give a testimony in court.
- Don’t wash your shoes or clothes. They may contain bits of debris or be covered in residue from the substance that caused the accident.
- Take pictures or record video detailing your injuries. Do this immediately after the accident and every day following until the injuries heal.
- This will show how bad your initial injuries are, how long they took to heal, and reveal any scarring that was left behind.
Contact a Slip and Fall Lawyer
In addition to collecting as much evidence as you can, you stand a much better chance of getting the compensation you deserve if you work with an experienced attorney. Navigating the legal process in regards to a slip and fall accident is rarely easy. Many landlords and property owners are prepared for this kind of situation. They’ll have a team of lawyers to come to their rescue and you deserve to have someone come to yours.
To schedule your free consultation with one of our accomplished attorneys, please contact the Minton Law Firm online or call us at 501-653-2111. We welcome clients from the greater Little Rock and Benton areas, and across Arkansas.