At The Lobb Law Firm, we never disregard the potential severity of a slip and fall situation. These accidents can be extremely serious, leaving you with debilitating, or life-altering injuries. As a result, your ability to work and make a living can also be impaired. You may feel helpless as you watch your medical bills mount alarmingly, and your regular monthly bills go unpaid because of your inability to work. A slip and fall claim falls under premises liability law; when the owner of a property fails to ensure the property is safe and free of hazards, then the owner may be liable for resulting injuries.
While we cannot undo the events which transpired, we can help you receive financial compensation for the expenses which arose as a result of your injury. Our highly experienced Southfield injury lawyers will work closely with you to understand all the facts and circumstances of the accident, then identify the person or entity who is liable. Rely on The Lobb Law Firm to help you through this difficult time, and minimize your pain and suffering to the greatest extent possible.
The Facts About Slip and Fall Accidents
According to the National Floor Safety Institute, the following facts are true of slip and fall injuries:
- Slip and falls account for more than a million hospital visits each year.
- In general, the most serious physical consequence of a slip and fall is a fracture, and, in fact, at least 5 percent of all those who slip and fall will suffer a fracture.
- More women than men will experience slip and falls. Despite this, while fatalities from slip and fall injuries are extremely rare, more men than women are likely to suffer a slip and fall fatality.
- Slip and fall accidents are not the main cause of fatal work injuries, however they do represent the number one cause of lost days from work.
- Floors and flooring materials are the primary contributors to slip and falls.
When a person goes into a public area, he or she is entitled to be warned of any existing hazards which could lead to injury. Hazards such as a slippery or wet floor—as well as many other dangerous situations—can cause a slip and fall accident which results in minor to severe injury. When an individual slips and falls, striking a hard flooring surface with a fleshy part of the body, the injuries are likely to be less severe than when arm or leg bones or the skull come into contact with a hard floor.
Slip and fall injuries can result in significant medical expenses. Victims of a slip and fall may not be able to return to work for a few weeks, several months, or in some instances, possibly forever. For most of us, a slip and fall in a public place first brings embarrassment. We want nothing more than to get up and leave the premises, away from all those watching us. While this is a normal reaction, it is almost never the best reaction for your future. Even if you do not believe you are significantly hurt following your slip and fall, remember that during an accident, your body is flooded with adrenaline. This adrenaline can mask injury symptoms, so while you may think you are fine, hours or days later, you may realize you are far from fine.
It is always a good idea to have a physician check you out following a slip and fall. Further, if you are able, always take photographs of the fall site, in particular, the hazards that led to your fall. If there were any witnesses to your fall, ask for contact information. If you are unable to take photographs and get witness information, perhaps a friend or family member can do so. Once you have sought medical attention, when you are home, write down every detail you can remember associated with your slip and fall. Memories fade much more quickly than you might think, and a detail you believe means nothing could, in fact, be extremely important to your slip and fall claim.
After you have jotted down the details of your slip and fall, pick up the phone and call a compassionate, knowledgeable legal team member from The Lobb Law Firm. Having an experienced personal injury attorney from The Lobb Law Firm by your side from start to finish can make a significant difference in the outcome of your slip and fall claim.
What Are the Most Common Factors Involved in a Michigan Slip and Fall Claim?
There are many circumstances which can lead to a slip and fall injury, including the following:
- A cracked sidewalk;
- Spilled liquids;
- Slippery surfaces;
- Icy pavement;
- Slushy interior floors during inclement weather;
- Narrow staircases;
- Poorly lit staircases;
- Stairways without handrails;
- Safety code violations;
- Frayed or torn carpeting;
- Electrical cords stretched across a walkway;
- Items left in walkways;
- Freshly mopped floors with no hazard sign;
- Items stacked too high which fall on customers;
- Potholes or cracks in parking lots, and
- Poorly lit areas inside a public place.
Although slip and fall accidents can occur at any time, on private or public property, the most common public areas where slip and fall accidents occur include grocery stores, restaurants, nightclubs, stairways, public restrooms, areas around swimming pools, moving sidewalks and escalators.
Can Southfield Injury Lawyers from The Lobb Law Firm Help Following Your Slip and Fall?
It is important to understand that working with an insurance company on your own may not be in your best interests. Most insurance companies want nothing more than to walk away after paying you as little as possible, leaving you unable to cover the expenses associated with your slip and fall accident. At The Lobb Law Firm, we will face the insurance company head-on, insisting they agree to a fair settlement. Our highly experienced attorneys will conduct a prompt, thorough investigation to prove your claim. When appropriate, experts will be consulted. Our ultimate goal is to ensure you are not left injured, unable to work, unable to pay for necessary medical treatments, and even unable to pay your regular, monthly bills.
If your slip and fall was the result of negligence, we will work hard to secure the financial compensation you need for any necessary medical treatment as well as to move forward with your life. Put our substantial legal skills to the test. Call The Lobb Law Firm today to schedule an appointment. We will do everything we can to put your mind at ease. We handle many cases out of Detroit, Southfield, Sterling Heights, and Dearborn Heights, however if you or a loved one are anywhere in Wayne County, Macomb County, or Oakland County, and have suffered a slip and fall injury, contact The Lobb Law Firm today for a free consultation.