Fredericksburg Slip & Fall Premise Liability Lawyer
You’ve suffered an injury after slipping and falling at a business or someone else’s home. It wasn’t your fault. Perhaps the owner failed to post a warning about having just mopped the floors, or didn’t provide proper safety features in areas that are often wet and slick. Now you’re stuck dealing with the inconvenience and expense of your injury. You need to pay your medical bills and make up for your lost time at work.
You need a lawyer who will fight to recover the compensation you deserve for your slip and fall injury. Contact the experienced slip and fall attorneys at Emroch & Kilduff today.
At Emroch & Kilduff, we work to ensure that our clients receive the compensation they deserve for their injuries. We have represented clients in slip and fall cases. In one such case, we recovered $7.75 million on behalf of a man who slipped and fell in the parking lot of his apartment complex after a winter storm. Because of a preexisting condition, the leg our client injured in the fall may eventually have to be amputated.
Of course, every case is different, and our results in past cases are no guarantee of similar results in future ones. But, we believe our track record of success on behalf of injured clients gives us a strong hand in seeking to recover maximum damages on behalf of our slip and fall clients.
What Are Slip and Fall Injuries?
Slipping and falling seems like a small thing, but it can lead to significant injuries. These can include:
- Soft tissue injuries, including sprains and torn tendons
- Head injuries, including everything from light concussions to significant traumatic brain injuries
- Cuts and abrasions
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
In some cases, slip and fall injuries may not show up immediately. After your fall, you may stand up, convinced that, at worst, you’re a little bruised. Symptoms appear only later, such as when you feel dizzy, lightheaded, or unable to concentrate, which can indicate a traumatic brain injury.
You may be entitled to receive compensation for these injuries, which is why it is important to seek medical attention for even those injuries that do not show up immediately. Do not rely on your intuition to determine if you’ve been hurt after slipping and falling. Broken bones and spinal cord injuries, for example, cannot be diagnosed without an X-ray. Sharp pain or continued pain at the site of an injury must be examined by a medical professional.
Who Is at Fault?
The most common risks for slip and fall injuries are wet floors, slippery debris, and uneven floors. Slips and falls can also occur on construction sites. In many cases, these injuries are entirely preventable with a few safety precautions.
Property owners and managers have a responsibility to keep their premises safe for visitors and to post warnings about potential hazards. If they have ignored basic safety precautions and failed to warn about a danger on their property, owners and managers may have legal liability for your injuries.
If you slipped and fell at work, worker’s comp insurance may cover some of the costs of your injuries. In certain circumstances, your employer may also have liability, particularly if your employer fails to implement property safety procedures to protect against falls. So, too, might the manufacturer of safety equipment that failed to keep you from slipping and falling.
An experienced slip-and-fall attorney can help you investigate and identify all of the parties potentially responsible for causing your slip and fall injury.
What Damages Can Be Recovered for a Slip and Fall Injury?
Slips and falls may seem like insignificant accidents, but they can lead to substantial pain and suffering. Following your accident, you may be entitled to receive a wide range of damages, including:
- Compensation for missed work as a result of your injury
- Payment for associated medical expenses, including anticipated future medical expenses
- Compensation for pain and suffering
- Increased compensation for permanent or long-term injury, including disability compensation
In certain limited circumstances, you may also be entitled to seek punitive damages, when someone else’s extreme recklessness or intentional actions caused you to slip and fall.
How Do Those Responsible Try to Avoid Paying Their Fair Share?
Property owners, managers, and their insurance companies may attempt to deny responsibility for your injury. They may claim you had adequate warning, or that you did not take reasonable care to avoid hazards. An insurance company may even attempt to convince you to accept a small settlement offer before you’ve had the chance to investigate the facts and learn about your legal rights to compensation.
By working with an attorney, you can avoid making mistakes that may cost you the ability to recover the damages you deserve. Call an experienced slip and fall attorney as soon as possible after your accident to ensure you do not fall for tactics designed to protect the property owner and its insurance company from liability.
What Will a Lawyer Cost?
After your slip and fall accident, funds are tight enough. You may have to miss time at work despite significant medical expenses that need to be paid. Retaining an experienced slip and fall lawyer doesn’t have to be an expensive part of the process, however.
When you contact us at Emroch & Kilduff, we’ll set up a free consultation to review your case and the circumstances surrounding it. In appropriate cases, we may agree to represent our clients on a “contingent fee” basis in which we recover our legal fees only out of any settlement or judgment in our client’s favor. Feel free to ask us about our potential fee arrangements at your initial consultation.
If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident, do not wait to seek skilled legal counsel to represent your interests against property owners, managers, and their insurance companies. Contact us online today or by phone at (804) 358-1568 to schedule your free consultation with our team of experienced and compassionate slip and fall attorneys.