A “slip and fall” is the generic term for an injury which occurs when someone slips, trips or falls resulting from dangerous or hazardous conditions on someone else's property. We have represented hundreds of clients in premises liability slip and fall cases against numerous entities, including:
- supermarkets and convenience stores
- department stores and shopping centers
- office buildings
If you know of any prior accidents in the same location, please notify us immediately.
Proving Liability in a Slip and Fall
In resolving a slip and fall case, critical evidence that has been obtained early is usually the easiest to settle out of court. However, if a jury trial becomes necessary, this evidence becomes the crucial factor in proving liability and damages.
To maximize your potential for recovery:
- Immediately report your accident to the property owner or property security company. Be sure to get a copy of the accident report.
- Try to get the name and phone number of any people who may have witnessed your fall.
- Place the shoes which you were wearing at the time of the accident in a plastic bag and tape it shut so that any material stuck to the shoes will remain.
- Store all of the articles of clothing you were wearing at the time of the accident in a plastic bag. Do not wash them before storage.
- If you have a camera at the time of the accident, have someone take pictures of the accident scene, your clothing and shoes, and any warnings signs that might be in the area surrounding the accident scene.
- If you have suffered any visible damage to your body (i.e., cuts, scrapes and bruises) have someone take photographs or permit our investigator to take them.
- If possible, place in a plastic bag the item that caused you to fall.
- Go to the hospital emergency room immediately if you are in any pain whatsoever. Do not be afraid to tell the doctor about every area of your body in which you are experiencing pain.
- DO NOT discuss or make any statements about your case with any employees or insurance representatives of the property owner, without first speaking with your lawyer.
- DO NOT accept any forms of payment or sign any releases without speaking to your lawyer. Doing so could waive your right to recovery.
If liability can be clearly proven, it is probable that a settlement can be obtained.
The Law Offices Schiller, Kessler & Gomez, PLC provides aggressive and effective legal representation to our clients with the highest standards of excellence, compassion and integrity. We always provide personalized attention and deliver prompt communication so that our clients always know where their case stands. Contact our offices anytime to schedule a free consultation.