Trip and fall accidents can be extremely dangerous. A simple fall can result in broken bones, back and neck injuries, and even death because of a traumatic brain injury. Sprains and excessive bruising can also occur. If you suffered serious injuries in a trip and fall accident that occurred at another’s property, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, loss of income, and even pain and suffering.
For over 55 years, Preszler Law in Vancouver has successfully handled personal injury cases, many of which involved trip and fall accidents. From the start, our goal remains constant – to help our clients recover the maximum compensation for their injuries and losses resulting from accidents.
What steps should I take following my trip and fall accident?
Since trip and fall accident cases are complicated and often difficult to prove, you can help your case by taking the following steps immediately after the accident:
• If you fell in a public place, report the incident to a supervisor or manager.
• Gather the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any witnesses.
• Take pictures of the accident scene.
• Seek medical attention.
What causes substantiate a trip and fall accident claim?
If any of the following situations caused your trip and fall accident, you may have a valid claim against the property owner and be entitled to compensation:
• Insufficient or no lighting at night.
• Stairs that are broken or are not level.
• Unsecured wires around lighting or computers.
• Potholes in a walkway or driveway.
• A missing handrail that violates building code.
• Flooring (such as tile, linoleum or carpet) that is uneven.
• Unforeseen holes in the ground, especially on grass.
• Structural hazards that could cause you to trip and fall.
• Clutter that blocks freedom of movement.
• An inability to see a hazardous situation due to an obstruction of view.
Who is responsible for the expenses relating to my trip and fall accident?
In personal injury cases, the burden of proof always falls on the accident victim to show that there was a hazard. Effectively, you have to prove the home or business owner was negligent in his or her duty to keep the premises reasonably safe for visitors, and as a result, you tripped and fell and suffered serious injuries.
To alleviate this legal burden, and prevent the tampering of evidence by the property owner, you should consider investigating and filing a claim as soon as possible following the accident.
What if the property owner is my friend or family member?
If you fell at a friend or family member’s property, you are still entitled to compensation for your injuries. Homeowners usually carry insurance that covers them for injuries caused by conditions of the property or activities conducted thereon.
Consider this example: Let’s say you are visiting a friend after dark and your friend’s walkway has a large pothole. If you trip on the pothole because it is dark and the outdoor lights are dim or not working at all, causing you to lose your balance and fall, you could receive compensation for your damages if you suffer an injury. Even if it was not dark and you trip on the pothole, you could still be entitled to compensation.
How can Preszler Law help me?
When you retain a trip and fall accident lawyer at Preszler Law, our legal team starts working on your case right away. One of the first things we do is to find out the name of the insurance company that insures the owner of the property where you got hurt. This takes any amount of embarrassment or hostility in handling the claim out of your hands.
Instead of dealing with the property owner, we deal directly with the insurance company. The owner of the property has insurance to pay for injuries caused by negligence. Therefore, there is no reason you should have to speak with the homeowner directly if you are not comfortable doing so. We will deal with the homeowner on your behalf.
Often, we will visit the scene of the accident to obtain independent photographs and video of the premises. We will also take measurements. If the accident happened in a public place, like a retail store or shopping mall, we will also check for any preexisting video of the premises and demand that the footage be preserved as evidence for your case.
Is there a way to determine what my trip and fall accident case is worth?
The truth of the matter is that no two cases are the same. While some cases may share similar circumstances, your settlement will depend upon many different factors. For example, the insurance company or court will take the severity of your injury into consideration and will weigh how much the injury affects your life. It will consider tangible losses and expenses like medical bills and lost wages, as well as intangible damages like pain and suffering.
This is why it’s essential to hire a lawyer. At Preszler Law in Vancouver, we know what questions an insurance company will ask. And we know what evidence they will require to determine how much your claim is worth.
Speak with a Vancouver Trip and Fall Accident Lawyer
Your legal needs and recovery are our priority. Call us at 1-844-373-8202 to request a free, initial consultation with one of our experienced trip and fall lawyers. You are under no obligation to hire our firm if you feel we are not a match. And, you pay no fees unless we obtain a settlement from the insurance company on your behalf.