Slip and fall accidents are a common cause of injury on sidewalks, in parking lots, in office buildings, in hospitals and nursing homes, and in various other locations. While it is true that some accidents “just happen,” in many cases slip and fall accident victims will be entitled to just compensation for their injuries. Columbus personal injury attorney Ed Malek explains:
When Can You Seek Compensation for a Slip and Fall Accident in Columbus?
There are several circumstances in which Columbus residents and visitors can seek compensation for slip and fall accidents. When it comes to pursuing a claim, a key question is whether the property owner or tenant could (and should) have done something to prevent the accident from happening. For example, common grounds for pursuing slip and fall accident claims include:
- Failure to clean up spills
- Failure to properly maintain elevators and escalators
- Failure to remove snow or ice as required under the Columbus Code of Ordinances
- Failure to repair cracked sidewalks and parking lots
- Failure to repair dangerous stairs or handrails
- Failure to repair or replace work, cracked or torn flooring materials
- Failure to warn of (or prevent access to) dangerous areas
How Do You Seek Compensation for a Slip and Fall Accident in Columbus?
There are a few key steps involved in seeking compensation for a slip and fall accident in Columbus. The first step is to seek treatment for your injuries. After being injured in a fall, you should see a doctor as soon as possible, and you should explain how you got injured in detail.
The second step is to collect evidence from the scene of the accident. You will need to engage a law firm to do this for you. Your law firm can send an investigator to the scene who can take photos and talk to witnesses, and your law firm can work to secure surveillance camera footage and other forms of evidence as well.
The third step is to file a claim—usually with the property owner’s or tenant’s insurance company. When a Columbus personal injury attorney files your claim, your attorney will submit evidence of liability as well as evidence that demonstrates how much you are entitled to recover.
What Should You Do if You’ve Been Injured in a Slip and Fall Accident?
With all of this in mind, what should you do if you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident in Columbus? At this point, your priority should be to obtain both medical and legal advice as soon as possible. You should not wait; and, if you have not seen a doctor already, we encourage you to contact us first so that we can guide you through your next steps.