Trip & Fall Accident Attorneys
Trip and fall accidents can occur in many different locations and situations, such as torn carpeting or flooring, or broken and uneven stairs. But, the resulting injuries can have a significant impact on your daily life, including mounting medical bills and missed work. A personal injury lawyer in Gainesville, FL, with Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A. can help you recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and more. Contact our law firm today to discuss your trip and fall accident.
Common Injuries With Trip & Fall Accidents
Many injuries can occur with trip and fall accidents across a wide range of severity. If you or a loved one have suffered one of these common types of injuries or any injury, contact the personal injury lawyers with Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can occur whether a person’s head strikes the ground or an object or not. Sudden and/or severe head movement can cause the brain to strike the side of the skull, resulting in a concussion or other TBI.
Torn Ligaments, Muscles & Tendons
Most ligament, muscle, or tendon injuries happen when a person attempts to stop or break the fall. Treatment for these types of injuries usually focuses on restoring mobility.
Broken Or Fractured Bones
Broken or fractured bones can happen when a person tries to stop themselves from falling or from the fall impact. Limbs, such as arms and legs, are usually most affected but a person may also break bones in appendages and torso.
Spinal injuries can affect the spinal column and/or the spinal cord. These injuries can happen upon impact with the ground or as a person twists in an attempt to avoid falling.
What To Do In A Trip & Fall Accident
Unfortunately, trip and fall accidents are all too common in everyday life. When one occurs, there are three main steps to take.
Seek Medical Treatment
Any injuries should be properly documented and treated as soon as possible after a trip and fall accident. A medical professional can adequately diagnose an injury and recommend a course of treatment while also creating a medical report. This report is helpful to Gainesville accident attorneys when filing a personal injury claim.
Collect Witness Information & Take Photos
Witness information should include full names and contact information of any witness and their statement. Use a cell phone camera to take photos of the accident scene, including details that contributed to the trip and fall.
Report The Accident
Where a trip and fall accident occurs doesn’t matter — report the accident to the property owner, manager, and/or landlord. Also, ask the person in charge of the property to make a written report and make sure you receive a copy.
Liability For Trip & Fall Accidents
Property owners, managers, landlords, and employees have a duty of care to guests. This means the person in charge of the property is expected to use reasonable care to prevent a trip and fall hazard, such as loose floor covering. To prove liability in a trip and fall accident, it must be demonstrated the property owner, manager, or an employee:
- Created the condition or situation;
- Knew the condition existed and didn’t take action to fix it; and/or
- Should have discovered and fixed the issue before the trip and fall occurred.
Much of determining liability hinges on whether the property owner, manager or employee was negligent in the situation. A Gainesville personal injury attorney with Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A. can review accident evidence and determine who is liable for the accident. Our law firm digs into the facts of the case and makes sure a negligent party is held responsible for their action or inaction. Contact us to schedule a consultation.