When you are injured in a slip and fall accident, you may be able to seek compensation beyond the offerings of insurance. However, insurance companies know that if they can get you to accept a settlement before you talk to an attorney, they can often minimize the amount they must pay. With this in mind, it is always a good idea to speak to an experienced slip and fall attorney before you accept an offer from insurance to make sure you do not agree to less than you are due.
Causes and Consequences of Slip and Fall Accidents
Unmaintained premises pose several opportunities for slip and fall accidents. Some of the most common causes of these accidents are:
- Wet Walkways
- Ice and Snow
- Poor Lighting
- Liquid Spills
Inadequate safety features, such as missing handrails, a lack of signage, and poor design, can also contribute to these accidents.
Some slip and fall accidents result in little more than a bruise. However, many cause painful and long-lasting injuries, including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and fractured hips. Most at risk for severe injury are elderly victims of slip and fall accidents, but anyone can suffer catastrophic harm when a premise is unmaintained.
If you or someone in your family has been injured after a fall, talk to one of our attorneys to learn about your rights and options.
Property owners and managers are legally responsible for ensuring their premises are safe. When they fail to do so and injury results, they can be held liable for medical expenses, financial losses, and personal pain and suffering. However, establishing liability is not always easy.
When you contact McPhillips Fitzgerald & Cullum, LLP for a slip and fall injury, we can investigate your accident to determine who is at fault. But remember, the statute of limitations gives you only so much time to file suit. The sooner you get in touch with our Miami Shores, Florida, or Glen Falls, New York office, the quicker we can look into your claim and help you determine the best course forward.