Slip and falls accidents are prevalent. Fortunately, many people in Arkansas lose their balance and injure nothing but their pride. However, it is possible to experience a severe or debilitating injury from a seemingly innocent fall. If your slip and fall accident was because someone failed to maintain their property or warn you of a known hazard, you could have the grounds of a personal injury claim.
Many slip and fall claims fall into the category of premises liability cases. A personal injury lawsuit will arise when a property owner, manager, or landlord fails to maintain or repair the property, creating an unreasonable hazard. If you were injured because you lost your balance, contact our Arkansas slip and fall injury lawyer to help determine if the property owner, manager, or landlord should be held accountable. Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law, is dedicated to assisting injured individuals and their families. Call (479) 316-0438 to schedule a free appointment.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents in Arkansas
Slip and fall accidents are a frequent reason people are hurt in Arkansas. Below, we discuss some of the typical negligent conduct that leads to slip and fall injuries.
Muddy and Wet Surfaces
Whenever a surface is wet or muddy, it could become dangerously slippery. Often, these slippery surfaces appear just inside the entrance of a business or building, especially if it is raining and peoples’ shoes are wet or they are carrying dripping umbrellas. While the property owner or manager has no control over the weather, they know the dangerous conditions that occur because of the rain. If a property owner fails to mitigate the risk, such as placing non-slip matting near the entrance or posting a “slippery surface” sign, they could be held liable for any injuries.
Slippery surfaces are caused by more than inclement weather. Someone is often injured because they slipped on a spill in a factory, grocery store, or another place of business. A property owner has an obligation to ensure the aisles and public spaces in their building are free of unreasonable hazards. This means that they must monitor and clean up any spills that occur. For instance, if a jar breaks and spills in a supermarket, the manager should promptly address the spill, either closing off the area or cleaning it up. If the floor is allowed to remain in a dangerous slippery condition, the property owner could be held accountable.
Falls are a common problem in parking lots, especially if a car is leaking oil or if people drop their goods. If these spills are not attended to, people could fall and suffer everything from a broken bone to a traumatic head injury.
Cracked or Uneven Surfaces
Uneven surfaces are a common cause of slip and fall accidents. These dangerous conditions include cracked pavements, torn carpets, uneven stairs, or floors with holes or depressions. Additionally, there could be debris or items on the floor that create a hazard, such as an electrical cord drawn across a hallway.
There are times where something that would not typically pose a risk does because the area is poorly lit. If someone cannot see where they are going, they could easily lose their footing or trip over an object they could not see. Many times, slip and fall accidents occur in dimly lit stairways. A property owner or manager should ensure that public areas have adequate lighting to avoid accidents.
What to do if Your are Injured in a Slip and Fall Accident in Arkansas
If you are injured in a slip and fall accident, there are some things you can do that will help you if you decide to file a personal injury claim. The first thing you should do is seek immediate medical treatment if necessary. Unfortunately, many falls end with severe injuries.
If you can do so without hurting yourself, you should take the following steps. First, report the accident to the business or property owner. Complete an accident report if that is the business’ protocol. If not, take detailed notes of what occurred, including the names of any store managers, employees, or witnesses who were aware of the accident.
Nearly every cellphone has a camera these days, so use it to your advantage. You should take numerous and good photographs of the scene of the accident. If there is an uneven surface or spill, be sure to take a picture from several angles. Do not forget to take photos of your injuries.
If you do not require immediate medical attention, you should still see your doctor or go to an urgent care center or emergency room as soon as possible. Often, especially with soft tissue damage or head injuries, the injury’s severity is not readily apparent. Furthermore, it is crucial to start building a medical record to link your injuries to the accident. If you slip and fall and wait weeks to see a doctor, a defense attorney or insurance company will argue that an unrelated incident caused your injuries.
How Much is My Arkansas Slip and Fall Claim Worth?
The value of slip and fall personal injury claims depends on the severity and nature of the injury. Some people lose their balance and suffer a few scratches, while others result in more serious injuries or permanent disabilities. Our experienced Arkansas slip and fall lawyers will thoroughly examine your case’s details to determine the estimated value of your claim. Understanding what you claim could be worth is vital information when deciding to accept an insurance settlement offer or pursue your claim in court.
Some things that our office will consider in evaluating your claim include your medical expenses, lost wages, and any income you will lose in the future if your earning capacity is limited because of the injury. In addition to your economic losses, we will also factor in your emotional pain, physical suffering, and your loss of enjoyment of life.
Our Arkansas Slip and Fall Injury Lawyer Can Help You
Slip and fall accidents are often played for comedic effects. Unfortunately, these types of accidents often result in serious and sometimes permanent injuries. Because of the nature of the accidents, you could have a claim against several parties. It is crucial to have an experienced Arkansas slip and fall injury lawyer representing your interests. Call Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law, at (479) 316-0438 to review your case. Our consultations are free of charge.