If you have slipped or tripped and taken a nasty spill, you know the feeling of shock, confusion and overwhelming concern about having suffered an injury that takes over for the next few minutes. A number of slip-and-fall accidents in Fall River result in serious or even catastrophic injuries that have long-term consequences for victims and their families. Victims may not be able to return to work until they have completely recovered from their injuries. Some are never able to go back to work or earn a livelihood because they have become disabled or are enduring chronic pain as a result of their slip-and-fall injuries.
What Constitutes a Slip-and-Fall Accident?
“Slip-and-fall” refers to preventable injuries that occur as a result of spilled substances such as water in a supermarket aisle or ice on the sidewalk. Property owners have a legal obligation to take the necessary steps to make sure that their premises are safe for visitors, guests and tenants. If you have suffered an injury on someone else’s property, you may have a slip-and-fall lawsuit if:
- The owner had a duty of care to ensure that the property was safe for everyone allowed to be on the property.
- The property owner must or should’ve known that the dangerous condition existed.
- The property owner breached that duty of care, which means the owner failed to keep his or her premises safe.
- The dangerous condition caused the slip-and-fall and resulting injuries.
- The victim must have suffered injuries and damages
What Steps Can You Take
If you have suffered injuries in a slip-and-fall accident, there are a number of steps you can take to help protect your rights. First, file an incident report with the property owner or manager. Make sure you obtain a copy of this report for your records. Do get prompt medical attention, treatment and care for your injuries. Take photographs of the scene, particularly what caused you to slip or trip and fall. Get contact information for anyone who may have witnessed the incident. Contact an experienced Fall River slip-and-fall lawyer who can help protect your rights every step of the way.
Injuries and Damages
Slip-and-fall accidents can result in severe injuries such as traumatic brain injury, back and neck injuries, broken bones, soft tissue injuries and internal injuries. The nature and extent of the injuries will likely depend on how you fell and injured yourself. The value or worth of your slip-and-fall claim will depend on how badly you were injured and the types of losses you sustained. Injured slip-and-fall victims can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization and rehabilitation costs, permanent injuries, disabilities and pain and suffering.
The experienced Fall River slip-and-fall attorneys at d’Oliveira & Associates have helped injured victims seek and obtain maximum compensation for their losses. We don’t charge any fees until we recover compensation for you. Call us toll-free at 1-800-992-6878 for a no-cost consultation and case evaluation.