Have you recently been injured from and slip and fall? Check out these 4 types of slip and fall cases, then contact our office today for a free consultation.
1) Slip and Fall on City Property
The question often comes to me about suing a city, municipality, or school if the sidewalks or curbs are not in good repair, or they have some unique construction problems. The answer is yes, you can sue a municipality or school. However, you need to determine that they had notice of these problems and they haven’t fixed them, that these various issues with construction and maintaining of sidewalks/curbs had been brought to their attention and they failed to act, that there’s been other injuries there, that they’re unsafe for the public. Again, if you hire an attorney early on in the case, he can hire experts that will have this knowledge. They can look at situations. They can take pictures of the evidence and preserve it, whether it’s potholes, cracks, or uneven concrete. Whatever it is, they can make a determination. If they determine that the city, school, or municipality was negligent in failing to maintain or construct these types of structures, then you do have a claim.
2) Residential Property Slip and Fall
If you’re injured at a residential house or home, what should you do once this happens? What are the steps you need to take? The first step you need to do is you need to get to a doctor. You need to go and get checked out by a healthcare professional and not only be checked out, but follow their advice. If they want you to see a specialist, go to a specialist. If they want you to stay in bed, stay in bed. Don’t disregard what they want you to do because they have your best interest at heart; they want you to get healthy and so do we. There’s no amount of money you can recover that can be exchanged for your health. The second thing you need to do is make sure you know the name, address, and phone number of the person’s house that you were injured at. You have to understand how you were injured and why you were injured. The third thing you need to do is contact an attorney. Get this information to them, tell them what happened, and let them do the investigation. Let them find out what happened. Let them take the pictures, preserve the evidence. Let them contact the insurance company. Don’t give any statements to the insurance company. That can only hurt you; it can never help you. Those are the three big things you need to do.
3) Faulty Step Injury Cases
If you have a slip and fall case and you think it might be faulty steps, to determine whether or not you have a claim, you need to have an expert or somebody who understands construction help you. They should know what the appropriate codes are, how long the steps should be, what the elevation is, how wide they should be, or if they have the right slip-proof covering. To find those is difficult. However, if you hire an attorney early on, they have access to these kind of experts and they can hire experts to look at this case and determine if you have a claim for faulty or inadequately constructed steps. What you don’t want to do is just assume that you can’t, and do nothing, and then you’re in trouble because the evidence might not be preserved, you might not be able to find the witnesses, and then you have no claim at all.
4) Faulty Handrail Injury Cases
If you’re visiting a store, and you believe that a handrail was faulty and gave way or caused you to become unstable, and you slipped and fell, what you really need to do, first of all, is make sure you file an incident report Make sure you give them notice. Make sure you take pictures. Make sure you preserve the evidence. Make sure that you contact an attorney to help you do the investigation. Attorneys have investigators that go out and will take an extensive number of pictures, interview any witnesses, and make sure they preserve the witnesses names, addresses, and contact information. The attorney can also find an expert on handrails or other types of devices, in a commercial setting or a home/residential setting, to determine if the handrails were properly designed, properly installed, and if they meet code of the city or the municipality that you live in. As you see, the real key here is hiring an attorney early on so you make good and informed decisions. You can’t roll back time so you can find witnesses and evidence because in these types of cases, the evidence disappears very quickly when things are fixed or removed.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured after a trip or fall and have questions about these 4 types of slip and fall cases? Contact a Stillwater slip and fall lawyer at Murray Law Firm today for a free confidential consultation and case evaluation. Let our experience work for you.
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