Slip and Fall: When to File a Claim

In Premises Accident by radmin

Slip and fall accidents happen every single day in the United States, to both the young and old. There are numerous events and factors that may lead to a slip and fall accident, some of which are more predictable than others. Regardless of whether you slipped on a patch of ice in a store parking lot, tripped on an uneven sidewalk, or fell due to unsteady stairs, it’s important you understand your rights. The first step in filing a slip and fall accident claim is to contact an experienced Dallas slip and fall attorney and explain to them what happened. Because there are statute of limitations and other laws in place governing when a claim can be filed, it is imperative you have a knowledgeable lawyer on your side. One of the most important components of any slip and fall case is proving fault. While each slip and fall case is handled differently, there aren’t any rules set in place pertaining to these types of claims. Every single case hinges on how the property owner acted.

Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents  

Before we look at what steps you should take immediately following a slip and fall case, let’s go over the most common causes of slip and fall accidents:

  • Wet or waxed floors
  • Spills that were not cleaned up
  • Debris on the walkway
  • Uneven sidewalks or pavements
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Ripped or torn carpeting
  • Open, unmarked holes
  • Lack of warnings

Please keep in mind that this is just a short list of some of the common causes of slip and fall accidents. Any number of things can go wrong or take place that may lead to a slip and fall accident, which is why it is important you understand your rights. 

Steps to Take Following a Slip and Fall Accident

There are many reasons why it may behoove you to file a slip and fall claim against the person responsible for your accident, namely that it will likely get you to the financial compensation you need to cover your medical costs and lost wages. In the event you were permanently injured, a slip and fall claim may get you additional compensation for any unnecessary pain and suffering or damages. That being said, it is important you feel confident about proving fault in your accident. Generally speaking, the person who was injured on another’s property must be able to prove that the accident was caused by a dangerous condition or outright negligence on the part of the property owner. If you are unsure about proving fault, we encourage you to contact a Dallas slip and fall accident attorney from Rad Law Firm. If you believe proving fault will be no problem, the next step is to file an accident report, take pictures, and preserve evidence. When it comes to slip and fall claims, evidence is of the utmost importance.

To learn more about filing a slip and fall accident claim in Dallas, please do not hesitate to contact Rad Law Firm today to schedule your free consultation.