Slip and fall accidents are dangerous, and at times, deadly. The impact of these accidents can be life-changing with victims suffering from twisted or torn ligaments, fractures, and lasting back and neck injuries. Also, concussions, traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, and psychological trauma can occur.
Since 1959, the Preszler Law Firm has been representing accident victims in all manner of personal injury cases including complex slip and fall accidents. Our Vancouver slip and fall accident lawyers dedicate themselves to protecting the rights of accident victims and obtaining maximum compensation for their injuries.
Call us at 1-844-373-8202 to schedule a no-cost, no obligation consultation today.
What steps should I take after my slip and fall accident?
Aside from seeking medical treatment for your injuries, it is essential to gather some preliminary evidence following your accident. Documentation is the key to proving someone was negligent in maintaining the safety of the property thus causing you slip and fall and sustain injuries.
1. Obtain the names and addresses of anyone who witnessed the accident.
2. Photograph the scene of the accident immediately if possible. Doing so will avoid any tampering of evidence such as the property owner fixing the hazard that caused you harm.
3. Taking measurements of the hazard if possible.
4. Report your accident to the supervisor of a public building if your accident took place on public grounds.
In what situations am I entitled to compensation for my slip and fall injury?
Many factors can substantiate a slip and fall claim. If you suffered injuries because of any of the following reasons, you might be eligible to file a claim:
• Wet floors that are not blocked off and do not contain signs.
• Lack of appropriate lighting that contributes to a slip and fall accident.
• Icy or hazardous conditions in parking lots and outdoor pass-through areas.
• Plumbing leaks or flooding in a public bathroom.
• Clutter that causes you to slip and fall on a wet surface.
• A leaky container that causes you to fall when you step on the fluid.
• A loose rug on a slippery surface.
• A lack of matting when it is needed.
Who is responsible for my slip and fall accident?
The insurance carrier that covers the business or home owner who owns the property where the accident occurred pays the claim. Under the Occupiers’ Liability Act, an occupier of land owes a duty of reasonable care to those who come onto the premises.
In other words, the property owner or occupier must take necessary measures to keep the premises reasonably safe. When you go into a supermarket, for example, and the floor is wet and slippery, the staff operating the store must take immediate action to resolve the dangerous conditions. The action should be to remove the fluid and post warning signs on the wet floor until it is completely dry. The supermarket should also have a system of maintenance and inspection in place to detect and address any hazards that arise.
What if the property owner is a friend or family member?
Embarrassment or fear of conflict should not be a reason to avoid filing a claim. Your friend or family member’s homeowner’s insurance policy would be responsible for covering your damages. Therefore, you should not have to deal with the homeowner directly.
Should you retain our legal services, we would handle all communications with the insurance company taking any embarrassment, conflict, and shame out of the equation and allowing you to preserve the valuable relationships in your life.
What can Preszler Law in Vancouver do to help me?
No matter your slip and fall injury, it is imperative to consult an experienced lawyer immediately after your accident. Our legal team has handled many delicate slip and fall cases. We know the tactics insurance companies will employ to disprove and minimize claims.
To fight back, we gather compelling physical evidence that demonstrates the unsafe conditions that caused you to fall and hurt yourself. And to substantiate your damage, we will work with your physicians to document the impact your injuries have had on your life thus far and how they will affect you in the months and years to come.
Contact a Preszler Law Vancouver Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer Today!
At the Preszler Law Firm in Vancouver, our number one priority is you. Call us at 1-844-373-8202 to get started. Your initial consultation is free, and you pay no upfront fees. Instead, we pay ourselves with a portion of your settlement when we win your case.