According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), there are over 8 million falls in the U.S. annually that result in visits to the emergency room. About 1 million of those are slip and fall accidents. In addition, the CDC notes that falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths for adults aged 65 and older.
A slip, trip, or fall can be an embarrassing incident for anyone, but it’s much worse when it leads to serious injury or death. In some cases, slipping, tripping, or falling can occur in the home or at the workplace. However, you may also slip, trip, or fall in a public or commercial space.
When this happens, you might feel like it’s your fault, but if business owners were aware or should have been aware of the danger and did nothing to ensure your safety, you may have a case for compensation. An experienced slip and fall lawyer can help fight to receive a fair settlement.
The Ruth Law Team has over 40 years of experience in successfully settling cases like yours. When you suffer a slip and fall injury due to the negligence of others, you may be able to file a type of personal injury case known as premises liability, in which the owners of a business may be held liable for damages.
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The right trip and slip attorneys can help you build your case. The dedicated lawyers at The Ruth Law Team are ready to help you fight for justice and the compensation you deserve.
If you have been injured in a fall, there’s no need to suffer in silence. A qualified slip and trip attorney from The Ruth Law Team can assess your accident to help determine whether you have a valid case. Call us today at (888) 783-8378 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation to learn more about the ways that we can work to secure the settlement that you deserve.
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Common Causes of Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents
Slipping, tripping, or falling is not uncommon. Neither are injuries resulting from these accidents. Even falling a short distance can result in injuries such as:
- Sprains and strains, often to the knees or ankles
- Fractures to the hip or pelvis
- Fractures to the extremities (ankles, legs, hands, or forearms)
- Torn ligaments
- Shoulder injuries (brachial plexus injury)
- Back or spinal cord injuries, which may result in temporary or permanent paralysis
- Head or traumatic brain injuries (concussion or worse)
- and more
Whether you slip on a spill or trip over boxes carelessly left in a store aisle, the result could be an injury that requires medical attention and puts your life on hold. You might think you could have avoided the incident, but if negligence is to blame, the accident might not be your fault.
There are all kinds of conditions that precipitate slips, trips, and falls. These could serve as grounds for a premises liability case. Some of the most common causes include:
- Wet flooring, especially without proper warning signs
- Recently waxed flooring
- Lack of required non-skid flooring treatment
- Uneven floors
- Improperly marked stairs or poor lighting
- Broken or bulging floors
- Loose flooring, such as unsecured rugs
- Floor transitions (going from one type of flooring to another)
- Wet or icy outdoor surfaces (walkways, parking lots, etc.)
- Clutter or obstacles, including debris in walkways
- Exposed cables or cords in walkways
- Open drawers or cabinets
- Lack of handrails or loose handrails on stairs
- Worn, warped, or unstable stair treads
- Dim lighting
When staff members knew or should have known about such conditions and they were not addressed, the responsible party must answer for any accident and injury that results. An experienced trip and slip lawyer from The Ruth Law Team can help you to recover damages that are necessary to pay your medical bills, cover missed work, and account for other injury-related expenses.
What Happens Next?
If you like slapstick comedy, you’ve probably laughed at people slipping on banana peels or skates or taking a tumble down the stairs. However, when you slip on an unmarked wet spot or trip on an unsecured rug, it’s not nearly as funny. You may feel incredibly embarrassed by the whole situation.
You need to know that you’re not to blame. You have legal recourse to seek compensation if:
- A dangerous/unsafe condition created an unreasonable risk of harm,
- The company knew or should have known about the condition,
- And the company failed to address the condition in a timely manner
A knowledgeable and experienced trip attorney from The Ruth Law Team can help you to determine whether you have a case for compensation. Our simple, 3-step process is designed to minimize your stress and secure a fair settlement. Here’s how it works.
We start by collecting any documents related to your case to build a strong foundation of evidence. This could include medical records related to the incident and bills for medical treatment, ongoing physical therapy, or other forms of rehabilitation. If you’ve already had communication with the company, its lawyers, and/or insurance providers, we will need these records, as well. We also ask that you come prepared with any photos or incident reports about the fall that could help us to build a case.
Next, we’ll go into investigation mode, diving deeper into your case to find the evidence necessary to prove that your accident was caused by an unsafe condition that was known and ignored.
We’ll speak with witnesses and subpoena testimony from workers, managers, and other company employees if needed. We’ll also seek out any video footage of the incident that may exist from witnesses or store cameras, and so on. We can even arrange for expert testimony to bolster your case if needed.
The Ruth Law Team has been fighting insurance providers for over four decades, and we know their tactics. We also know how to build a strong case that can be leveraged for a settlement. If negotiations fail, we are fully prepared to take a case to trial in search of fair compensation.
When you’ve suffered a slip and fall injury, the qualified and compassionate lawyers at The Ruth Law Team are here to help. With years of experience and a simple process designed to reduce your stress, you can focus on what’s important – recovery – while we do the heavy lifting for you.
Contact an Experienced Slip, Trip, and Fall Lawyer
Slip and fall accidents can leave you dealing with injuries for weeks, months, or years. You may be left mourning the death of a loved one after a fall. If the accident is due to the negligence of others, you need the expertise of the slip lawyers at The Ruth Law Team to help you fight for a reasonable settlement.
Don’t fight the insurance companies alone. Let us help you to seek fair compensation like we’ve done for so many clients before, so you can focus on recovery.
Frequently Asked Questions About Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents
Any slip, trip, or fall accident can disrupt your life, leaving you to deal with a mountain of medical bills, an inability to work, and a ton of stress. Even so, you might be understandably hesitant to contact a slip and trip lawyer. What if you don’t have a case?
At The Ruth Law Team, we’re always happy to assess your case and start the process of recovering damages on your behalf. We’re available 24/7 to address all of your questions and concerns. Here are answers to a few of our most frequently asked questions to get you started. Further, it doesn’t cost you anything upfront for our firm to get involved in your case.
Possibly. It’s easy to blame yourself for a slip and fall accident, but it may be due to the negligence of others. The dedicated attorneys at The Ruth Law Team have the knowledge and experience to determine whether you have a case. We can help you fight for fast and fair compensation, so you can focus on your recovery.
When you choose The Ruth Law Team to represent you, you won’t pay us a dime out of pocket. We know how stressful it is when you’re trying to recover from an injury, especially if you’re unable to work. That’s why we work on a contingency fee basis. If we reach a settlement on your behalf, our fee is a percentage of the package. If we don’t recover compensation for you, we don’t get paid.
After any accident that leaves you injured, the first thing you should do is seek medical care. If possible, you’ll want to gather some information at the scene, including photos of the area and contact information for workers and witnesses. Look around to see what caused your fall. Is there liquid on the ground? Poor lighting? A hazard in the walkway? Take photos or ask someone to take photos before evidence is cleaned up or removed. Request a copy of the incident report. Ask someone else to do it for you if you’re unable to because of your injury.
Next, you need to contact a slip and fall attorney at The Ruth Law Team as soon as possible. The sooner we start investigating and building your case, the sooner you could receive the compensation you’re due.
At The Ruth Law Team, we have two main goals: To make your life easier and to get you fair compensation as quickly as possible. This is why we always try to reach a settlement out of court. However, we know that some insurance companies will do anything to deny payment on a claim, so we always prepare a strong case to go to trial, if necessary.
When you’re injured in a slip and fall accident, you need to know that your legal team is capable of fighting for justice on every front. The talented professionals at The Ruth Law Team have over 40 years of experience in handling cases like yours, both outside of the courtroom and at trial.
In any personal injury lawsuit, you can seek both economic damages (tangible costs) and non-economic damages (for intangible loss). In some states, these may also be referred to as special damages and general damages, and they could include things like:
- Medical costs, including rehabilitation and future medical bills
- Loss of wages
- Loss of earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship/consortium
- Loss of enjoyment
- and more
You may be able to seek punitive damages, as well, such as in cases of extreme recklessness. You can also pursue a wrongful death claim if someone has died as a result of negligence that led to a slip and fall accident.
At The Ruth Law Team, we are passionate about justice, and we go out of our way to seek maximum compensation on your behalf, reducing your stress in the process.
For your convenience, we come to you wherever you are – at home, in the hospital, or elsewhere – and we never charge you a dime out-of-pocket for our comprehensive legal services. Your expert slip attorney may even be able to help you negotiate with medical providers to defer bills until your case is settled, taking a huge weight off your shoulders.
With over 40 years of experience in settling cases like yours -- not to mention the resources needed to go head-to-head with insurance giants -- we’ll work to get you the compensation you deserve as quickly as possible, so you can focus on recovering and get back to your life.
Slip, Trip, and Fall Attorneys
At The Ruth Law Team, we’ve spent over 40 years helping clients like you seek justice and recover the compensation that they’re due. When you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident, you need comprehensive legal services you can rely on, expert advice and support, and a proven track record of success.
Our qualified and compassionate team of professionals includes:
- Steven C. Ruth
- Eric D. Roslansky
- Jenna C. Ruth
- Jessica E. Shahady
- Amy A. Catledge
- Austin J. Grinder
- Alex H. Longo
With the support of our talented and expansive legal team, we’ll build a strong case to try to get you the fast and fair settlement you need to move on with your life.
Slip and Trip Attorneys in Florida, Georgia, and Minnesota
The last thing you need after you’ve suffered a slip and fall injury is an uphill battle against powerful insurance companies. The Ruth Law Team is here to help. Call us today at (888) 783-8378, contact us online, or reach out through the live chat feature on our website to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. We’ll help you learn more about the ways you can secure the compensation you deserve.Florida Georgia Minnesota