Las Vegas Slip and Fall Attorneys
Most people have, at one point or another, fallen to the ground unexpectedly. Thankfully, most such falls do not result in any significant injuries and people simply continue with their day. While most falls are unexpected and unforeseeable, that is not always the case. Sadly, some businesses fail to prioritize the safety of their customers by allowing things they know are likely to cause their guests to fall to go unaddressed and uncorrected. For example, businesses know that things like torn carpet, uneven flooring, debris on the floor, and puddles, all pose a risk to their guests. Businesses know the risks these hazards pose, yet they often ignore them, even after being notified by other customers. Such businesses should be held responsible for the injuries their customers sustain.
At SJW, we understand that getting your life back on track after being injured due to a fall, whether caused by slipping, tripping, or otherwise, can be difficult. If you have questions and would like to speak with an attorney, please contact us. Whether over the phone or in-person, our experienced attorneys are available to talk to you about your options.
A fall due to a slip or trip hazard can happen almost anywhere. However, we have found that these hazards tend to be more prevalent in certain places. As a result, it is more common to fall in certain types of locations. Also, the characteristics of some businesses make it not only more likely that a person may fall, but also more likely that they will be injured. Some common types of businesses where falls occur, whether from slipping or tripping, include:
- Hotels, often in the shower
- Retail and Grocery Stores
- Family Fun Centers
- Trampoline Parks
- Parking Lots
If you fell at one of these types of businesses and sustained an injury, the SJW team is here to assist you. Call or come by and speak with one of SJW’s injury attorneys now for assistance with your slip and fall accident-related claim.
Where Do Slip And Falls Occur?
What To Do After A Slip And Fall Or trip And Fall Accident
If you were hurt in a fall at a business, it is very important that you report it to a staff member as soon as possible. Often, falls are not reported for several days, if reported at all. Failing to report a fall can make it much more difficult to prove your case later and could result in more people getting injured from the same hazard. Once a business is aware that someone has fallen and been injured on their property, they have an obligation to preserve the evidence related to that fall, including any surveillance video of the incident and other important information. If your fall is not reported, the business may fail to keep any such evidence. If you did not file a report or otherwise notify the business of your fall while you were still there, you should inform them as soon as possible.
Of course, you can always call or come by and speak with an injury attorney at SJW for answers to your slip and fall accident-related questions.
Documenting all of your injuries immediately after the fall and in the days that follow, will provide proof to the insurance companies and their lawyers, resulting in a better outcome of your case. The best way to do so is to see a medical professional and carefully describe your injuries. In addition, it is sometimes beneficial to keep a log or journal of any pain you are experiencing. If you chose to do so, note what you are doing to treat the pain (such as ice, Tylenol, etc.) and describe how the injuries are affecting your daily life. Also, if your injuries are visible, take photographs that reflect your injuries.
If you went to an emergency room or quick care after your fall (if you haven’t and you are hurt, we recommend you do so right away) and your doctor recommended that you follow up with your primary care doctor or a specialist, you should do so as soon as possible. This is the only way to ensure you get the medical care you need and that your injuries are properly diagnosed and documented.
If you have significant injuries, you may need to see several different doctors. As medical appointments can take up a great deal of your time, it may be difficult to attend them all. However, missing or postponing visits may make it more difficult to prove the extent of your injuries and, more importantly, delay your recovery. So, to the extent possible, attempt to attend all follow up appointments.
Some of the typical injuries associated with slip or trip and falls include:
- Back Injuries
- Neck Injuries like whiplash
- Wrist and Shoulder Injuries
- Knee and Ankle Injuries including sprains, strains, & rolls
- Hip Injuries
- Bruises and Lacerations
- Head Injuries including Concussions
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)