There's a difference in being a klutz and suffering an injury from unsafe conditions.
Some people are not aware that they have the right to seek compensation for any injuries incurred when they slip, trip, or fall due to a dangerous condition on another person's property.
If you have recently fallen due to someone else's negligence then you should contact a personal injury lawyer immediately.
There are two main categories of fall accidents.
The first category is referred to as "trip and fall.
" This occurs when a foreign object in the pathway causes someone to fall or when the pathway itself has a default that causes someone to fall.
An example of this is a power cord left lying around on a construction site or an uneven sidewalk.
The second category of fall accidents is "slip and fall accidents.
" This occurs when the surface of the pathway is slippery.
This usually occurs when the ground is unexpectedly wet.
There are many different kinds of fall accidents including worn/raised carpeting and floor boarding, inadequate lighting on hallways and staircases, sidewalk falls from cracked or damaged pavement, unsafe buildings, loose or missing handrails, debris in store aisles, construction sites and accidents.
In order to prove the property owner is liable for the injury you endured, the owner of the premises or an employee must have caused the spill, worn or torn spot, or other slippery or dangerous surface.
The owner of the premises or an employee must have known of the dangerous surface but done nothing about it.
The owner of the premises or an employee should have known of the dangerous surface because a "reasonable" person taking care of the property would have discovered and removed or repaired it.
If you are in an establishment and you suffer from a fall the best thing to do is file an accident report immediately.
Make note of the time, location, cause of the incident, as well as people that witnessed the accident.
If at all possible take photographs of the area where the accident occurred.
Also if you need any medical treatment from the fall, make sure that it is properly documented.
In some states there is a strict statue of limitations on when you can file a slip and fall accident lawsuit.
Therefore, once this information is gathered the next step is quickly finding a personal injury lawyer to handle your case.
An attorney can help arrange for investigative work, including access to the property and photographs of the property.