Slip and Falls

HOUSTON AREA SLIP AND FALLS AND TRIP AND FALLS

Mundane though they may seem, slip and falls can severely impact one’s life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 20% of falls cause severe injuries, such as head injuries and broken bones, and falls hospitalize over 800,000 patients annually. Slip and falls and trip and falls may occur anywhere, from offices to parking lots and grocery stores. Do not assume you have no options due to the apparent mundanity of slip and falls and trip and falls.

CAUSES OF SLIP AND FALLS

The potential causes of slip and falls and trip and falls are many. Among them are the following:

  • Wet floors
  • Broken or uneven surfaces
  • Spilled liquids
  • Spilled foods
  • Broken glass
  • Unstowed equipment
  • Potholes
  • Poor lighting
  • Lack of guardrail or handrail
  • Lack of floor mat

WHAT TO DO AFTER A SLIP AND FALL OR TRIP AND FALL

If you are catastrophically injured, your first priority should be medical treatment. Otherwise, first take photos of the fall scene, any visible injuries, and the substance, hazard, or condition that caused your fall. Report your fall to the business owner, manager, or supervisor and request an incident or accident report. Provide as much detail as possible in the report and document any pain or visible injuries. Next, see a doctor as soon as possible, even if your injuries are not visible or you do not feel pain immediately. Inform your doctor of all injuries and symptoms as well as the circumstances of the fall. Your doctor will confirm any latent injuries and any injuries with delayed onset of pain. Finally, be mindful of your words both at your doctor’s office and at the fall scene, as your language may attract scrutiny.

INJURIES YOU MAY HAVE SUFFERED FROM YOUR SLIP AND FALL

While many falls do not produce injuries, one of four falls severely injures the victim. Medical treatment for falls in 2015 totaled over $50 billion. Among the injuries one may sustain from a slip and fall or trip and fall are the following:

  • Fractured and broken bones. Among the most common bones broken or fractured are the foot, tibia, fibula, femur, hip, and wrist.
  • Head injuries. While not as common as the injuries above, head injuries can be far more severe when they do occur. These may occur when the victim falls and strikes his or her head on an object or when the victim falls at an angle so sharp that the head strikes the floor.

YOUR OPTIONS FOLLOWING A SLIP AND FALL OR TRIP AND FALL

Property owners are not on your side. As an experienced personal injury firm, we have witnessed property owners avoid identification, blame the victim, claim no defect or hazard on the property, and deny all assistance. Because people are less familiar with procedures following slip and falls than with procedures following car accidents for example, many feel lost following a harmful fall.

A smart attorney will guide you through this experience and force the property owner to take responsibility. When working with Diab Law Firm, you will receive zealous advocacy, personalized attention, and advice every step of the way. You will owe nothing unless we win your case.

WHAT YOU CAN RECOVER IN YOUR SLIP AND FALL CASE

A severe slip and fall can impact many aspects of a victim’s life, from personal relationships to health. Among the damages we will help you recover are:

  • Medical and treatment expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of companionship
  • Pain and suffering
  • Cost of lifestyle changes

Call to discuss your individualized damage model. The consultation is free.

FAQ’s

Why hire a slip and fall attorney?

Premises owners are often evasive and unreliable following a slip and fall on their property. As an experienced personal injury firm, DLF has seen premises owners avoid fall victims, blame the victim, evade identification, deny liability, and more. Diab Law Firm will grab the premises owner’s attention and fight your legal battle for you while you concentrate on your health.

How much do you charge?

Diab Law Firm charges nothing up-front, and you will pay nothing unless the Firm wins your case. DLF will advance all costs, even the cost of litigation, so you will never go out-of-pocket for your case.

What can I recover in my slip and fall claim?

We will construct a damage model for your case and among the damages, we can help you recover are:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of companionship
  • Pain and suffering

Call to discuss your individualized damage model. The consultation will be free.

How long will it take to resolve my slip and fall case?

It depends. The length of a case turns on many factors, such as the facts of the accident, the insurance companies involved, the extent of injuries, whether litigation is required, and many other factors.

Do I have a case?

You might. The viability of each case depends on factors too numerous to list here. There are a number of factors among these unique to slip and fall cases. Please call for a free, no-obligation case assessment.

The premises owner and/or their insurer are denying my claim. Can you still help?

Very possibly so. The expertise of an attorney with knowledge of the industry and of our justice system can turn the tides in your favor. Call to see if Diab Law Firm can turn your claim denial into another successful case.

I did not inform the premises or business owner, manager, or supervisor of my fall and therefore did not receive an incident or accident report. Do I still have a case?

You might. While incident and crash reports constitute useful documentation of the accident and may help resolve the matter, the lack of a report does not necessarily doom your case. Call to see if Diab Law Firm can turn your claim into a successful case even without an incident or crash report.

There is a mistake on the accident or incident report. Do I still have a case?

Though not usually helpful, mistakes on accident and incident reports do not necessarily doom your case. DLF can help you overcome these errors.

Will my case go to court?

Probably not. DLF strives to resolve cases as early as possible to minimize expenses and help clients quickly. Though the Firm prepares every case for the possibility of trial, most cases, even those that require some litigation, do not proceed to trial.

Should I return to work?

This question invokes both legal and medical issues. Under Texas law, a claimant generally bears a duty to mitigate damages. In other words, you probably should return to work if you can. However, if your doctor due to medical necessity issues instructions limiting your motions at work or prohibiting you from working altogether, your legal duty to mitigate does not obligate you to continue working in the same way or at all, respectively. Always request your doctor’s instructions in writing.

References:

“Important Facts about Falls.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 10 February 2017, https://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/adultfalls.html.

“Slip and Fall Quick Facts.” National Floor Safety Institute, https://nfsi.org/nfsi-research/quick-facts/.

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