From an unattended spill at a grocery store to slippery, wet steps outside a retail location, there are many locations at which a slip and fall accident can occur. When these dangerous conditions are not addressed by the property owners who are responsible for fixing them, a single misstep could cause serious injuries and extensive financial damages.
Has a Dallas slip and fall accident caused you to suffer a bone fracture, head injury, knee injury, or another serious injury? You could be out of work for weeks or even months. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Rochelle McCullough are prepared to advocate for you and your family to recover the full amount of compensation you need and deserve. Contact a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced slip and fall attorney today.
Types of Slip and Fall Accident Cases We Handle
Texas property owners are legally obligated to keep their premises reasonably safe for customers and visitors. Most slip and fall accidents occur because a property owner has been negligent and failed to maintain his or her property or warn visitors and customers about potential hazards. The attorneys at Rochelle McCullough represent clients in a wide range of slip and fall cases, including the following common causes:
- Broken or dangerous stairs cause a person to trip and fall
- A loose or broken handrail causes a person to trip on the staircase
- Frayed or torn carpeting causes a visitor to trip
- Debris, wires, cords, or other obstacles in the walkway cause a person to trip
- Dim lighting makes it difficult for visitors to avoid hazards
- Uneven or broken pavement in parking lots and on sidewalks causes people to trip
- Cluttered walkways create a dangerous risk
- Potholes in parking lots or on sidewalks
- Snow, ice, or sleet on sidewalks and steps
- Wet or waxed floors
- Loose mats or rugs
If you become injured in a slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. However, you will need to prove negligence to obtain compensation through an insurance settlement or personal injury lawsuit. Proving negligence isn’t always easy, but it is necessary if you’d like to recover compensation from the negligent property owner.
If a defective or hazardous condition on the property caused your slip and fall accident, you may be able to establish negligence. To prove negligence, you will need to provide evidence demonstrating that the following elements are:
- The property owner or manager knew or should have known of the dangerous or hazardous condition on the property
- The owner or manager knew about the condition but did not fix it or warn you
- As a result, you became injured in a slip and fall accident
What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident
When it comes to proving negligence, timing is an important factor. For example, if a grocery store manager knew that there was a puddle of water on the floor for 2 hours and did nothing about it and you slipped on the puddle, you will likely be able to prove negligence. After the accident, it’s important that you take photos of the cause of the slip and fall accident. You should also write down the contact information of any witnesses who can testify regarding the cause of the accident.
How Much Is My Slip and Fall Case Worth?
Every personal injury case is unique. Discussing your case with an experienced attorney is the best way to obtain an estimate of the value of your case. Generally, the more serious the injuries, the more your case will be worth. You may be able to pursue compensation by pursuing a claim against the property owner’s commercial insurance policy. Additionally, you may choose to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the property owner. Personal injury lawsuits are entitled to multiple types of damages, including the following:
- Past and future medical bills
- Lost income
- Lost future earning capacity due to disability
- Miscellaneous expenses related to your injuries
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
How Can an Experienced Attorney Help Me?
Insurance companies have a track record of trying to take advantage of customers and clients injured in slip and fall accidents. Unfortunately, they often get away with this type of behavior. You may receive phone calls from an insurance adjuster trying to convince you to accept their settlement offer. Discussing your case with an attorney before agreeing to a settlement offer can help ensure that the offer is fair before you accept it. Most initial settlement offers from insurance companies are far too low to cover your current and future expenses.
When you work with an attorney at Rochelle McCullough, we can evaluate your case and provide you with an understanding of the value of your case. Our experienced attorneys know how to negotiate with insurance companies effectively on behalf of our clients. First, we will thoroughly investigate your case and determine which party or parties are at fault for your injuries. We will work with financial experts to calculate your future expenses related to your injury.
After we’ve estimated your claim’s full and fair value, we will begin the negotiation process. When a fair settlement isn’t available, our trial-ready attorneys are prepared for litigation in the courtroom. We value client communication and will work diligently to ensure you are informed of all the updates to your case. Our clients do not pay any legal fees unless they obtain compensation.
Contact a Dallas Slip and Fall Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one have been injured in a Dallas slip and fall accident, you may have a right to compensation. Contact Rochelle McCullough today to discuss your accident with an experienced attorney. We provide potential clients with a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our team members.