A premises liability claim means you are injured on someone else’s property due to the owner’s negligence. The most common cases in this area are slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall injuries. However, just because you fall after slipping or tripping does not mean you can sue somebody. To make a recovery you have to show the injury was caused by the owner’s carelessness.
It can help your case a lot if you can get a photo of what caused your fall. This is especially true with snow and ice, which can be gone or changed soon after the injury. Often, the existence of a photo can make the difference in a case’s success.
Injuries can take time to show up, but slips, trips and falls typically result in immediate serious injury. If you experience any of the following, you may be able to seek financial compensation to cover the costs of medical care, recovery and time off work.
Trauma to the head
If you were knocked out or have been diagnosed with a concussion or traumatic brain injury, that can be serious, with sometimes long-term implications.
Falling onto a bony part of your body, such as an elbow or hip, may cause a break. How severe it is will determine how long it will take to heal and if it will heal back to normal. Permanent damage can affect your ability to work.
Strains and sprains
When you slip, trip or fall, you may try to grab onto something to catch yourself, or you may put out your hands to break the fall. These actions make it easy for you to twist or sprain something, such as your wrist or knee. You can also strain a muscle. If you feel significantly hurt after a fall, you should get a medical evaluation promptly. Minor injuries usually do not justify an attorney’s involvement. But it is not always clear immediately.
If you have been injured and need legal guidance from an attorney who will protect your interests, contact Klampe Law Firm. We do not take on every fall case, but we are always willing to evaluate your situation at no charge if we do not take the case. Nearly always, we pursue fall cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning there is no fee charged unless we are successful with your case.