CAUTION: 6 Common Locations Where Slip and Fall Accidents Happen

CAUTION: 6 Common Locations Where Slip and Fall Accidents Happen

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Whether it’s a place of business or your own home, slip and fall accidents can occur anywhere. The two most important things to know in determining whether someone else is responsible for your accident are 1) the location of the accident and 2) the circumstances. These will ultimately determine if there is a claim, who to file a claim against, the availability of damages for the injured, and what needs to happen for a favorable outcome for the injured. But no matter what, always report the incident immediately after it happens.

1) At Work

Many of us spend most of our time at work which means it can be a very common location for a slip and fall accident. If you’re injured while working, it may fall under workers compensation rules. However, workers compensation can be complicated and additional legal action may be needed to ensure that you receive all medical treatment and financial recovery that you are entitled to receive. Importantly, time limits to notify and inform your employer about a workers compensation case can be shorter than you expect. An experienced attorney can help you determine if additional legal action is needed and assist with a workers compensation claim. VanDerGinst Law can help with both.

2) In Public Locations

Potholes in the parking lot and uneven or icy sidewalks are very common causes of slip and fall accidents in public spaces. Responsibility for these conditions could be on a government entity, such as the city, county, or state government if it is public property, or on the property owner if it is private property. A word of caution, a claim against any public entity presents unique and difficult challenges and may involve a very short time frame to file your claim which should be pursued with an experienced attorney. VanDerGinst Law has represented many injured parties where a public entity was involved.

3) At a Business

Restaurants, hotels, retail stores, offices, and big box stores are some of the most common locations for people to slip and fall. Whether you slip on a wet floor or trip over debris in an aisle, it’s likely to be complex to prove responsibility in such cases. Businesses and their attorneys are often not sympathetic and can prove to be difficult to work with when it comes to taking care of your injuries and medical expenses. Large businesses may have complicated reporting procedures and forms they want you to complete. Small business may not have procedures to report incidents and it may be confusing on what should be done. In all cases, report the incident to the business management immediately. Take a photo of the condition that caused your accident. Leave your contact information. Seek medical help for any injuries. Contact an experienced attorney to assist you in determining who is responsible for your accident and injury because they can help navigate the red tape.

4) At a Rental Property

Rented apartments, townhouses, and homes can blur the line of liability. The fault could be on the landlord, the tenant, or both. It is important to note the circumstances of the slip and fall accident in order to establish liability. Report the incident right away and document what happened. If possible, take a photo of the condition that caused the accident. An experienced attorney will be able to tell you if you have a case that can be pursued, depending on the circumstances.

5) In a Private Home

If you slip and fall in someone’s private home or on their property, you will likely be covered by the homeowner’s insurance company even if it is a friend or family member’s home. These situations can be difficult if you have to make a claim against your family or friends’ insurance company and responsibility can be difficult to prove. Having an attorney who understands the process can make things a lot easier for you.

VanDerGinst Law is an experienced law firm that focuses on personal injury law, including slip and fall accidents. We have knowledgeable and experienced attorneys who understand premise liability in both Iowa and Illinois and can help guide you through the complexities of your cases and help obtain financial compensation for injuries suffered in slip and fall accidents. VanDerGinst Law has handled many types of slip and fall accident cases, including those mentioned above, we would be honored to help.

If you suffered an injury from a slip and fall accident in Iowa or Illinois, contact VanDerGinst Law, P.C. at 800-960-8529 or request a free consultation.


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