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 Accident Injuries
Falls are common, but it can be difficult to foresee the situations that can cause accidents and injuries.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that about 1 in every 5 falls results in a serious injury. Research cited by the CDC also indicates that falls are among the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
Slip-and-fall accidents can result in severe injuries including:
- Head and neck injuries
- Concussions and TBIs
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken or fractured bones
- Joint injuries
- Torn or sprained ligaments and tendons
Causes of Slip-and-Fall Accidents
Slip-and-fall accidents are often the result of negligence in maintaining safe premises. Triggers for these accidents may include but are not limited to:
- Icy surfaces
- Wet floors
- Hazards or obstructions in high-traffic areas
- Inadequately maintained stairs, floors or handrails
- Insufficient lighting
- Uneven walkways
These types of accidents can occur in private and public settings including:
- Parking lots
- Construction sites
- Entertainment venues
- Rental properties
Establishing Fault in Slip-and-Fall Cases
If your injuries were the result of another’s negligence in maintaining a safe property, you may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses and other damages.
In order for the property owner or landlord to be held liable in slip-and-fall cases, it must be proven that:
- The landlord or property owner was responsible for the conditions that caused the accident
- The landlord or property owner was aware of potentially dangerous conditions
- Reasonable repairs could have prevented the accident
- Failure to repair the stated problems was a cause of the accident and related injuries
- The landlord or property owner was unable or unwilling to fix the problem that caused the fall
Pursuing a Slip-and-Fall Personal Injury Case
In slip-and-fall injury cases, insurance companies often seek to prove that the accident was the victim’s fault. They will not only assert that the property owner or landlord did not act negligently, but may imply that the victim acted carelessly.
As a former insurance adjustor, Little Rock personal injury attorney Justin Minton knows the tricks insurance providers use to limit what they pay to injury victims. You can help bolster your claim by taking the following steps if you’re hurt in a slip-and-fall accident:
- Contact a lawyer as soon as possible after your injury
- Take pictures or video of where the accident occurred, focusing on aspects that may have contributed to the accident
- Gather the names and contact information of any witnesses to the incident
- Take photos or video of your injuries
- Collect any correspondence regarding the unsafe conditions that led to your accident
Contact an Experienced Injury Lawyer
Don’t accept an insurance company settlement offer without first speaking to an attorney.
Initial settlement offers from insurance providers are rarely adequate to cover total medical costs. You have a better chance of recovering the compensation you need when you work with a lawyer.
To schedule your free consultation with one of our accomplished attorneys, please call the Minton Law Firm at 501-653-2111 or contact us online. We welcome clients from the greater Little Rock and Benton areas, and across Arkansas.