Slip & Fall Accidents: What to Do After!
Whether it happens at work, home, someone else’s home, or in public, slip and fall accidents can result in serious, life-threatening injuries, as well as major financial losses. If you or a loved one has been involved in a slip and fall accident, the ability to recover financial compensation depends on several key factors.
It’s important to have a team of trusted and knowledgeable attorneys like Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban on your side to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
Types of Slip and Fall Accidents
There are many types of slip and fall accidents. Here are some of the types of slip and fall cases that Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban have handled in the past:
- Staircases, Escalators, Elevators
- Sidewalks & Walkways
- Wet Floors (Workplace/Public)
- Parking Lots
- Unsafe Worksites
- Worn or Raised Flooring
Although these types of slip and fall accidents sound different, they all revolve around the same claim – negligence on behalf of the responsible party (property owners, general contractors, or janitorial service companies, among others).
Slip and fall accidents are rooted in one of two types of liability:
- Premises Liability: One type of liability is the failure of the property owner(s) to willingly address and rectify any potential hazards that could endanger the safety and well-being of persons on their property.
- Labor Law Liability: The second type of liability is the failure to provide a safe working environment or working conditions for employees.
The attorneys at Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban have pursued hundreds of slip and fall claims.
With that experience, they can determine who was responsible, how they were negligent, and how your claim can be turned into money in your pocket.
5 Things to Do After a Slip & Fall Accident
- Seek Medical Attention: Our attorneys have heard it a million times – “I’m okay, I can tough it out” or “I feel fine, don’t worry, I’ll be okay.” While you may feel fine immediately after the accident or think you’re able to tough it out, we cannot stress enough the importance of seeking medical attention whether it’s from the ER, your primary care physician, or through an urgent care walk-in clinic. It’s hard to claim you are injured if you never sought medical treatment.
- Report the Accident: As soon as a slip & fall accident has taken place, it’s crucial that you report it to whoever owns or operates the property. It could be a store owner, a landlord, or a property manager, but it’s important that they document your accident and give you a copy of it for your records. It may also be important to call your local police department and have a police report filed as well.
- Take Pictures of the Accident Scene: It’s also important to document the scene of the accident. Take photos of what caused you to slip and fall, write down exactly what happened, and the time it occurred. If there were any witnesses, get their account of the events as well, and their contact information if possible. Keep this information in a safe place; your attorneys will undoubtedly need and use this information in the course of your legal action.
- Avoid Talking About Your Claim: You may receive calls or emails from property managers, property owners, or insurance companies looking to gain information and protect themselves. You’re not required to speak to these people. In particular, be wary of any calls from insurance companies offering you quick compensation. Once you’ve hired an attorney, these conversations should occur only with the attorney present. Always tell your attorney if you receive any of these types of calls.
- Speak to an Attorney: The local, knowledgeable, attorneys at Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban are highly experienced in slip and fall matters. We are available 24/7 and there are no fees to speak to us about your case. We’ll be there to help you every step of the way.
Contributory Negligence in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia
In North Carolina, the gross negligence law states that defendants who were grossly negligent in harming the plaintiff are liable, but there are many different rules to remember. North Carolina has a law that states if a plaintiff put themselves in danger, and the defendant had a chance to avoid causing harm, but through careless negligence did harm to the plaintiff, the defendant is liable. If an injured party is even 1% at fault for the situation, in North Carolina, it’s very hard to prove.
In South Carolina, an injured plaintiff can recover damages as long as their partial fault does not exceed that of the defendants. The court’s ruling to as how much fault they’re at will come back in the form of a reduction on recovery. If you’ve been awarded $100,000 and were also found to be 25% at fault for the accident, your recovery will be knocked down to $75,000.
And finally, in Virginia, if you are even 1% at fault for the accident, there is no possible way under state law that you can recover any compensation. Our attorneys will fight hard for you, to prove that you were not at fault in the slightest.
Call MRSB and Schedule a Free Consultation with Our Slip and Fall Accident Attorneys!
If you or someone you love has sadly sustained serious injuries in a slip and fall accident anywhere in North Carolina, South Carolina or Virginia, Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban may be able to help.
We thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your accident and aggressively pursue the maximum compensation possible for your injuries. Call us today at (855) 435-7247 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
You can also contact us by filling out the form below. Once you’ve filled it out, and we’ve received it, we will make sure to reach out to you as soon as we possibly can. Thanks!