A slip and fall accident injury can happen just about anywhere. The following locations are common for slip and fall accidents:
Grocery Stores: If your slip and fall accident occurred at a "big box" store such as Walmart or Home Depot, your case can become quite complex and you should seek the advice of a slip and fall accident attorney. Proving responsibility for the fall can be difficult and many of these types of stores will require that incident reports be filled out.
A private residence: These lawsuits can be tricky and you will have to deal with the owner's homeowner's insurance company.
Hotels: Hotel slip and fall accidents can be similar to slip and fall accidents at big box stores. The procedures for incident reports may be different at hotels.
Public Areas: Any claim against a public entity could possibly be the fault of a government entity and that can be a serious challenge. If you sustain injuries on public
Apartments: A slip and fall accident at an apartment can be the fault of the tenant or the landlord or both. The circumstances of the accident can help determine who was responsible for the hazardous condition.
Work: Some workplace slip and fall accidents can be covered by Workers' compensation. In other cases, legal action may be required.
Injuries from a Sarasota or Bradenton Slip and Fall Accident:
Devastating injuries can result from a Sarasota or Bradenton slip and fall accident including neck and back injuries, fractured pelvis or traumatic brain injuries. Following are some common injuries from a Sarasota or Bradenton slip & fall accident:
Fractures: Fractures occur when bones break due to outside pressure. Sometimes surgery is required.
Hip Fractures: Slip and fall accidents often lead to hip fractures in people over the age of 60. This is a serious injury and in more serious cases, hip replacement surgery is required.
Neck or Back Injuries: A Sarasota or Bradenton slip and fall accident can result in painful neck and/or back injuries. These injuries can include slipped or ruptured discs, broken bones, chronic pain and in some cases, surgery is required.
Torn Ligaments and Tendons: These injuries can take a long time to heal and can require extensive physical therapy and rehabilitation.
What to do After a Sarasota or Bradenton Slip and Fall Accident:
If you fall in a Sarasota or Bradenton business establishment and sustain injuries due to unsafe conditions through no fault of your own, there are several steps that you should take immediately. First, tell an employee or manager of the restaurant, store or business where the slip and fall accident occurred that you fell and inform them of the location of the fall. If you fell due to a wet floor, give the employee or manager that information. If there was a broken step or loose carpeting that you tripped over, let the manager know. Next, ask to file a report and in the report, note how and where you fell as well as the name of the person you spoke to regarding that fall. A good eyewitness can be extremely helpful to your case. Following are some other steps to take in the event of a Sarasota or Bradenton slip and fall accident:
Take Pictures: Take pictures of the area where you had your slip and fall accident. Pictures can help prove the conditions at the time of the accident.
Seek Medical Attention: If you sustain injuries due to a Sarasota or Bradenton slip and fall accident, please seek immediate medical attention from a doctor or hospital. You may benefit from immediate treatment that will ensure a better prognosis in the future.
Take Notes: Taking notes right after a Sarasota or Bradenton slip and fall accident may help your case. If a manager or property owner made a statement indicating that he/she knew about the hazardous conditions on the property, then there's a good chance he/she will be held liable for paying damages in your case.
Sarasota and Bradenton Slip and Fall Accident Attorneys:
If you have sustained injuries in a Sarasota or Bradenton slip and fall accident, please contact the Michael L. Morgan Law Group, P.A., at (941) 218-8220. We work on a contingency fee basis, so there is no cost to you unless we recover on your behalf. Call us to schedule a free initial consultation.