A slip and fall is considered a minor accident by many insurance companies. However, a fall can result in broken bones and traumatic injuries that prevent victims from returning to work or performing daily activities. When a fall occurs on someone else's property, the property owner may be held liable for the damages caused by the fall. Our Indianapolis slip and fall attorneys represent accident victims who have been injured in a slip and fall case.
Call 1-800-265-9881 for a free consultation with one of our Indianapolis personal injury attorneys. Get the compensation you deserve because of a fall caused by the acts of a negligent property owner.
Where Do Slip and Fall Accidents Occur?
A slip and fall accident can occur anywhere. Indiana’s premises liability laws cover falls on public property, residential property, and commercial property. However, common locations for slip and fall accidents include:
- Parking lots and sidewalks
- Grocery stores, malls, restaurants, gas stations, and other retail locations
- Steps and stairs
- Pools and other recreational areas
- Hotels, motels, and resorts
- Stadiums and other sporting facilities
- Residential property
- Government buildings
- Construction areas
It is very important to identify the liable party or parties. In many cases, the property owner is liable for any injuries sustained on the property because of negligence. However, if the property is rented or leased, the tenant may be responsible. In some cases, multiple parties could be liable for the damages. By identifying each party that could be liable for a fall, our personal injury attorneys increase the chance that you will receive full compensation for your damages.
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How Much is My Slip and Fall Claim Worth?
Pursuant to Indiana’s premises liability laws, a victim may claim financial damages and noneconomic damages for a fall.
Financial damages include:
- Medical bills, including hospital stays, physicians, surgeries, medical equipment, physical therapy, etc.
- Loss of income, including loss of future income and decreased earning potential
- Ongoing medical and personal care for a permanent impairment or disability
- Other out-of-pocket expenses such as travel costs, over the counter medications, help with household chores, and home modifications to accommodate an impairment
Noneconomic damages include:
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Permanent impairments
- Emotional distress and mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
It is very important to document all damages and losses carefully for a slip and fall accident. The PBAR legal team assists you in tracking expenses and documenting losses to increase your chance of recovering maximum compensation for your slip and fall claim.
Steps to Take After a Slip and Fall Accident
The steps you take immediately after a slip and fall accident can have a significant impact on your injury claim. An accident victim may not be able to do everything on this list. However, it is in a victim’s best interest to take as many of these steps as possible:
- Report the fall immediately. Request the owner, manager, or other person in authority to report the fall.
- Take photographs and videos. The accident scene is likely to change after the fall because the owner will correct the hazardous or dangerous condition that caused your fall. If you cannot take pictures, you can ask someone to take them with your cell phone.
- Ask for names and contact information for eyewitnesses. Eyewitnesses provide excellent information about the condition of the property and how the fall occurred. However, some witnesses may leave after other people arrive, so try to get witness information quickly.
- Go to the emergency room. You need to document your injuries for an accident claim. If you do not go to the emergency room, you should see your doctor as soon as possible. You could be suffering from a brain injury or other injury that you are not aware of until a complete examination by a medical professional is completed.
- Preserve clothing and shoes. Place everything you were wearing into a bag as evidence. The owner may claim what you were wearing contributed to the cause of your fall. Your attorney will need your clothes and shoes to challenge that defense.
- Do not discuss your fall with anyone. The only people you need to discuss your fall with at this time is your medical providers and your Indiana slip and fall accident lawyer. Avoid posting on social media or discussing the fall with family and friends.
- Do not provide a written or recorded statement to the insurance adjuster. You need to consult with an attorney before providing any statements or signing any medical releases related to the accident or your injuries. The insurance adjuster may pressure you to provide a statement. Call our law firm immediately to speak with an attorney.
- Consult an Indianapolis premises liability lawyer. The property owner may tell you that he is taking care of all your expenses, and he may be telling the truth. However, you need to consult with an experienced attorney to ensure you are not forfeiting any of your legal rights.
You can chat with a representative 24/7 online to get the help you need now! We want to help you hold the responsible party liable for your damages. By contacting our Indianapolis personal injury law firm now, we can begin taking the necessary steps to protect your right to be compensated for the damages caused by the fall.
Proving Liability for a Slip and Fall Accident
To prove the property owner or another party is liable for your damages, we must prove the party was negligent and that negligence led to your accident.
In most premises liability cases, we must prove:
- A dangerous or hazardous condition existed on the property;
- The owner knew or the owner should have known about the condition;
- The owner did nothing to correct, prevent, or warn others about the condition;
- The dangerous conditions directly caused your fall;
- You were injured in the fall; and,
- As a result of the injuries, you have suffered damages.
Proving a premises liability claim can be difficult. At Poynter & Bucheri, LLC, we have the knowledge, experience, skills, and resources to handle any slip and fall claim.
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Contact Poynter & Bucheri, LLC by calling 1-800-265-9881 or (317) 780-8000 to request your free case consultation with an Indianapolis premises liability lawyer.