Slip and fall accidents occur when a person slips or trips and then falls, sustaining an injury. If you have injured yourself due to a hazardous condition while on someone else’s property, the land owner or business owner may be liable for your injuries. A “slip and fall” or “trip and fall” injury can occur indoors or outside of a building. There are many conditions which can create a dangerous condition indoors such as wet floors, bad flooring, poorly lighted stairways, a box left in a walkway that is normally clear. Outdoor accidents are often related to weather or hidden hazards, for example, an icy patch outside a door, a pothole in a parking lot or a crack in the walkway.
If you have experienced a slip and fall accident, Cedar Rapids Personal Injury Attorneys can help. Since it is your responsibility to prove that a dangerous condition existed when you injured yourself, the following are some suggestions to assist you in supporting your claim: 1) Try to determine what made you fall and whether it could have been anticipated and prevented, 2) Obtain the names and addresses of anyone who witnessed the fall, 3) Note the conditions in the area, i.e., was the lighting poor? Was there some substance that made you slip? 4) If you slipped because of something on the floor, try to obtain a sample, 5) Get pictures of the area if you can, 6) Report your accident to the manager or owner of the business or property and insist that they make a record of it, and 7) Seek medical attention immediately to help substantiate your slip and fall injury.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a slip and fall accident, contact one of our Cedar Rapids Slip and Fall Accident Attorneys at VanDerGinst Law. Our firm will examine your case FREE of charge. If we decide to proceed, we will represent you on a contingency fee basis, which means we don’t get paid, unless there is money recovered for you. The Statue of Limitations (the date by which your lawsuit must be filed) may be a factor, so be sure to Contact us immediately via the contact form to the right or call us toll free at: 866-843-7367.