Slip and fall accidents on snow or ice may result in very serious and costly injuries. Slip and falls account for more than 1 million hospitalizations annually, which is one of the leading causes of hospital visits each and every year. After a slip and fall accident, an individual may have an occupational injury and may not be able to return to work. Lost time from work and accumulating hospital bills add up very quickly, which is why you need legal representation to help you fight for every dollar you deserve in a slip and fall accident.
If you or a loved one has slipped and fallen on ice or snow in Arkansas, contact the Law Practice of Ken Kieklak right away. We have been continuously assisting Arkansas Families for more than 20 years, and our experience with and knowledge of the law in the state of Arkansas will bring you the best representation for your claim.
What is a Slip and Fall Claim?
A slip and fall injury falls under the realm of personal injury claims. Personal injury claims, as you may or may not know, is a physical injury inflicted onto a person’s body, as opposed to damage to property, reputation, or ideas. First of all, slip and fall injuries fall under premises liability claims. Premises liability is a landowner’s liability for certain torts that occur on his or her or its property. Ultimately, slip and fall claims stem from the injuries that result from the landowner’s failure to maintain the property in question.
As you may have already inferred, landowners have a duty to safely maintain property. This means that property must be safe for all customers, pedestrians, and other visitors. Property owners must effectively warn these visitors of any potential hazards, otherwise they may be found negligent in a personal injury claim.
In order to have a successful slip and fall claim in Arkansas, a claimant (an individual bringing a personal injury action) must prove that the owner of the property had a duty to protect them from the dangerous condition. The claimant must also prove that the property owner breached that duty to maintain the property in a safe manner, which ultimately led to the individual’s injury and subsequent damages.
What Should I Do After Receiving a Slip and Fall Injury?
If you have slipped and fallen on another’s property, then here are some of the things that you can do in order to help protect yourself in a possible slip and fall personal injury claim:
• Take pictures of the property and the area. Pictures really CAN tell a thousand words, and these snapshots may ultimately be the difference between recovering for your damages and a failed claim.
• Take down notes of how the incident occurred. Notes are very important. Sometimes, these claims may stretch out to multiple years, and taking notes of how the slip and fall exactly occurred may help your claim in the long run.
• See if there were any witnesses. If there were witnesses to your injury, you may be able to greatly help your slip and fall claim. Witnesses will be able to corroborate the events of the incident and help tell the story of how your injury occurred.
In order for our firm to best serve you, the more information you have about your accident and injury, the better. Each of these steps will help you to preserve your possible claim.
What Damages Could I Receive in a Slip and Fall Accident?
The damages that an individual may receive after a slip and fall accident vary. If a property owner had a duty to protect you from dangerous conditions and is found to have been negligent in carrying out that protection, then you have a right to damages. Those damages may include pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages. Furthermore, you should be able to receive compensation for any and all reasonable expenses you have paid as a result of the accident. Future expenses, which include medical transportation and future lost wages as a result of the accident, will also be included within this calculation.
For more information on the possibility of receiving damages for your slip and fall injury, you need to contact our Crawford County slip and fall lawyers at the Law Practice of Ken Kieklak today.
Your Family Needs Knowledgeable and Skilled Representation
If your wife, husband, mother, father, son or daughter was involved in a slip and fall accident, contact our law firm immediately. Slip and fall accidents can be extremely serious, and may result in costly medical bills and time away from work. In order to help mitigate these problems, you need representation that will protect your family’s rights.
For more than 20 years, Fayetteville AR personal injury lawyer Ken Kieklak has stood-up for Arkansas families who have suffered the loss of a loved one. For your free and confidential consultation, contact an Arkansas personal injury lawyer of the Law Practice of Ken Kieklak by calling (479) 316-0438 or contact us online today.