We Help You Get the Money You Deserve After A Slip-And-Fall Accident
After a slip-and-fall in a store or public place, there are three things that should be done as soon as possible:
1. Report / Document The Injury
Report the injury to the owner or manager, and follow up with an email. Typically an incident report is filled out, if possible, get a copy of the incident report. Regardless of the conditions that contributed to your fall, like a wet floor, obstructed walkway, etc., take photos of the area where you fell.
2. Seek Medical Attention
Even if you do not know how you will pay for the medical attention it’s critical that you seek medical care and get examined.
3. Talk To A Lawyer To Protect Your Rights
Before you sign anything, agree to anything or even speak with the insurance company, talk to a lawyer that is on your side. The insurance company will have a whole team of lawyers representing them. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Conditions The Insurance Company May Try To Use Against You
Once the insurance companies are aware of your claim, they will go to almost any length to delay, devalue or even outright deny your claim. They will request your medical records and look for any possible excuse to say the fall was your fault, and not their client’s (the store or other public place where you were injured).
- A history of falls or issues with balance
- Prescription eyewear, especially if you were not wearing your glasses at the time of the fall
- Poor footwear or shoes that could have contributed to the fall – high heels, etc.
- The use of any medications that may have contributed to the fall such as tranquilizers, sedatives or even antidepressants.
Work with a lawyer before and get the upper hand on the insurance companies. You can start with a free consultation, and you only pay attorneys fees AFTER we successfully make a recovery on your behalf.
Common Injuries Caused By Slip-and-Falls In Public Places
Slip and fall situations are chaotic by nature; when someone unexpectedly loses their balance they tend to fall in an awkward way which can cause any number of injuries. Some of the most common types of injuries caused by a slip-and-fall accident include:
- Injuries to wrist, hand or arm (often from trying to catch yourself or “break” the fall)
- Broken, sprained or shattered hip
- Knee damage (can often be difficult to detect)
- Cuts or bruises
- Head injuries
- Spine injury or other back-related injuries
- Shoulder dislocations
- Fractures of all types
No matter the injury, if it required a visit to the hospital, you are likely going to need to work with a lawyer. Contact us today to learn more about how to protect your rights.
Minnesota Lawyer For Dangerous Conditions
When you work with the legal team at Bennerotte & Associates, you send a serious message to the insurance companies that you will not settle for less than your injury claim is worth. If the insurance company questions the seriousness of the injury to minimize your payment, we will obtain an independent and objective medical evaluation. We stay a step ahead of the insurance companies and don’t stop fighting until we win.
Injuries In Grocery Stores, Malls And Other Places
Regardless of where your injury took place, the business has a duty to provide a safe environment clear of spills or other potential hazards. Uneven walkways, unmarked hazzards, spills and failing to clear snow and ice can all lead to a premise liability injury.
Free Consultation – No Payment Unless We Win
Contact us today to learn more about how we can handle your slip and fall injury claim. There is no cost to get started. Your attorney fees are paid by the recovery that we secure on your behalf. That means we only get paid a fee when you make a recovery of money. Call today to get started with a free initial consultation. One of our attorneys can answer your questions over the phone, at the hospital, or in our office in Eagan.
Twin Cities Slip-And-Fall Injury Attorney
Premises liability cases and slip-and-fall cases involve accidents that occur due to negligent maintenance or unsafe and dangerous conditions on a property owned by someone other than the accident victim. Property owners and business establishments have a duty to provide a safe environment for individuals on their premises.
Common situations giving rise to premises accidents include uneven floor surfaces, poorly marked changes in elevation, slippery surfaces, buildup of ice or snow, broken sidewalks, uneven elevators and broken steps.
When accidents or injuries occur to visitors or tenants, the owner of the property may be legally responsible if it was negligence or recklessness that led to the injury. We are committed to identifying the exact nature of the property owner’s negligence and establishing how this negligence caused our clients’ injuries.
The basic types of slip, trip and fall accidents are:
- Slip-and-fall – Due to a wet, icy or slippery substance on the floor or a store, building, parking lot or sidewalk.
- Trip-and-fall – As the result of an uneven sidewalk, an elevator which is not level with the floor it stops on or an object such as a box located in the aisle of store.
- Step-and-fall – Most frequently occurring when someone steps into a hole in the ground which they would not expect, such as a pothole or uncovered manhole.
Do You Have A Case?
If you or a family member has suffered a serious injury in a slip-and-fall, call Bennerotte & Associates, P.A., at 651-364-6807 to set up a free, confidential consultation. You may also contact us with our online form. We serve clients in the Eagan, Apple Valley, Rosemount, and Inver Grove Heights areas.
Falls On Snow And Ice
In Minnesota we have the added challenge of snow and ice. While the snow and ice bring a challenge to everyone, the business are still responsible to provide clear and safe walkways. Snow and ice claims will typically be denied by the insurance company by blaming the person who was injured or stating that the business did not have enough time to clear the snow or ice.
We have a history of success with snow and ice injury claims because we go the extra mile to show that the hazard could have and should have been cleared. Don’t settle for less than you deserve just because you fell on ice. Call our slip-and-fall lawyers for a free consultation today.
One In Five Falls Results In Serious Injury
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) one in five falls causes a “serious injury” (which is classified as a broken bone or a head injury). In the case of either a broken bone or a head injury, you will be facing potentially several thousand dollars in medical bills.
This same article states that over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized as a result of a slip-and-fall injury. Even a very short stay in the hospital can cost thousands of dollars. Contact a lawyer to get the best possible outcome for your slip-and-fall injury case.