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When there’s not enough friction between your feet and the surface you’re walking on, you sometimes lose traction and slip. While it sounds complicated, we’ve all been there. We’ve all experienced that panicked feeling that comes from knowing you’re about to fall and not being able to stop it. Wet surfaces, icy walkways and even low-friction carpets can lead to slip and falls—surprising us when we’re not expecting hazards.  

And while slip and fall accidents sometimes result in only minor injuries, they can be quite serious, causing broken tailbones, sprained ankles or wrists, dislocated shoulders, head or back injuries, or broken hips. So what should you do if you’re hurt, and who is at fault in a serious slip and fall accident?  

What to do after a slip and fall accident   

After a slip and fall accident, it’s important to seek medical attention if you’re hurt. Sometimes folks try to brush off the accident, feeling embarrassed, and ignore lingering or worsening pain. For example, tailbone injuries are common in slip and fall accidents, causing slow-to-resolve pain. But while a bruised tailbone might heal on its own, a broken tailbone often requires physical therapy and the use of coccygeal cushions. 

After you’ve gotten any emergency medical treatment you may need, be sure to: 

  • Document the scene of your accident. Photograph any conditions that caused you to slip, like spilled liquids and the lack of warning signs, ice on walkways, or sand or gravel on inclined paths. Note the time and date of your injury and the conditions. Also photograph or put away your footwear. 
  • Take the names of witnesses. Your personal injury attorney will be able to contact witnesses and get their version of what happened in case the property owner or manager tries to dispute your account.  
  • Report the accident. Be sure to notify the property manager, store manager or property owner of what occurred. Ask to have a written accident report. 
  • Contact an attorney. A personal injury lawyer can help you determine the best course forward for your case. In the meantime, avoid speaking to insurance adjusters who contact you or posting about the accident on social media.  

Who is responsible for a slip and fall accident?  

Whenever you enter a store, a restaurant, an apartment complex or a parking garage, the owner or manager of that property has a duty of care to keep you safe. This is premises liability, and it’s why the grocery store must quickly mop up a spill or the parking garage manager must ensure safety lights are operational. It’s the owner’s responsibility to keep walkways clear, secure loose flooring of paving and construct stairs to meet building codes.   

Slip and fall accidents can happen almost anywhere, including stores, restaurants, stadiums, public parks, hospitals, hotels, apartment complexes, nursing homes and elevators. But in order to seek damages, you need to be able to: 

  • Show that the property owner owed you a duty of care 
  • Prove that there were unsafe conditions 
  • Demonstrate that the owner knew about the dangerous conditions or should have known about them but didn’t solve the issue, post signs or otherwise notify the public 

Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be able to recover: 

  • Economic damages for your medical expenses or missed time off work 
  • Non-economic damages for your pain and suffering 
  • Punitive damages if the property owner’s negligence was extreme 

Slip and fall accidents often happen on the jobsite. In these cases, they are usually covered by workers’ compensation.   

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney at The King Firm 

If you’ve been hurt in a slip and fall accident, we can help you get the compensation you deserve. At The King Firm, our team has the experience and knowledge necessary to pursue the best possible results for your case. Contact us today at 229-515-8585 for a free case consultation. 

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