Wyoming Slip and Fall Accidents Attorney
The Gravity of a Slip and Fall Accident
Slip and fall accidents may not sound very serious, but they are. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, slip and fall accidents result in millions of injuries a year and an average of 17,000 annual fatalities.
The CDC also estimates that 20-30% of slip and fall victims suffer moderate to severe injuries like hip fractures and head injuries, which can inhibit mobility and independent living. These accidents are also a common cause of traumatic brain injuries and account for 46% of all fatal falls among seniors. Other common injuries that occur include fractures in the spine, pelvis, hip, leg, ankle, hand, and upper arm.
These unfortunate accidents can happen to anyone anywhere, so it’s essential to know how to recover compensation for your damages. If you or a loved one sustained a severe or fatal injury in a slip and fall accident, filing a personal injury claim can help you get the money you need to recover. Contact the Kent Spence Law Firm today to get started on your case.
What to do After a Slip and Fall Accident
The actions you take in the immediate aftermath of your slip and fall accident can have a significant impact on your injury claim. There are a few things you should do at the scene and soon after receiving medical attention that can help you achieve the best possible outcome for your case.
To begin with, you need to receive medical treatment. While many of these accidents result in minor injuries, head trauma and internal damage are not uncommon. It can take days or even weeks for the symptoms of a severe injury to appear, and many wounds worsen over time. Getting medical attention is essential to your overall well-being and will obtain a professional medical diagnosis that will help your case.
You should also inspect the area where you fell and document any potential causes of the accident like loose carpet, uneven concrete, ice, or spilled food. If possible, you should also write down the names and phone numbers of any witnesses in the vicinity that saw your accident take place. Recording your version of the incident as soon as possible helps your lawyer determine the best course of action for your case.
Finally, you should report the incident to the owner of the premises or the proper authorities connected with the premises. If your accident occurs on a commercial property, notify the highest ranking person available. Failure to immediately report your accident won’t bar you from filing an injury claim, but it can severely hurt your case.
Compensation After a Slip and Fall Accident
When you sustain an injury in a severe slip and fall accident, filing a personal injury claim is key to getting the money you need to recover. Compensation for these cases typically includes payment for medical bills, attorney fees, and your pain and suffering.
To submit a claim you need to prove that the owner/renter of the building had a legal obligation to make the property safe, they neglected that duty, and as a result, you sustained injury. However, proving these three essential elements can be challenging to do alone. These cases often require mountains of paperwork, thorough analysis of medical records, and are replete with legal intricacies.
Luckily, hiring a personal injury attorney can help you successfully file an injury claim and recover the maximum compensation for your situation.
The Kent Spence Law Firm Represents Slip and Fall Victims in Wyoming and Throughout The United States
If you need help filing a personal injury claim after a slip and fall accident, the Kent Spence Law Firm can help. With over 30 years of experience, attorney Spence has successfully handled personal injury claims of all levels. He will work to achieve the best possible outcome for your case whether it be through settlement negotiations or litigation. Call our office today to schedule a free consultation.
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- Car Accidents
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- Medical Malpractice
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- Product Liability
- Wrongful Death
- Industrial and Work Accidents
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- Explosion Accidents
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
- Railroad Accidents
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