5 Steps After a Slip & Fall That Will Help Your Personal Injury Claim

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Jun 6, 2016 3:30:00 PM

Unkempt hazards on residential or commercial premises put guests in danger of falling. While it may seem as if bodily harm from a slip, trip or fall would most often involve superficial injuries, some victims have suffered catastrophic consequences. In fact, one in five falls causes serious harm, and more than 700,000 patients are hospitalized every year because of a fall injury.

A serious slip and fall incident is a jarring experience followed by a great deal of commotion. As shock and confusion set in, it’s easy to overlook important actions to protect victims both medically and legally. Below are five steps to take immediately after you or a loved one is injured in a fall.

Steps to take after a slip and fallSeek medical attention right away. Pain and injuries resulting from a fall can worsen over the coming days, so it’s important to begin receiving treatment immediately. Your medical records will also provide documentation of your injuries should you file a slip and fall lawsuit to seek justice and compensation.

Report the fall and injuries to the property owner. If the fall occurred in a commercial location, ask the manager to file a report of the accident and to provide you with a copy.

Take photos and video of the location of the incident as well as the specific conditions that led to the fall. In addition to capturing the setting, photograph your injuries resulting from the incident.

Collect the contact information of witnesses, who can help prove later that hazardous conditions led to your injuries.

Contact a qualified slip and fall lawyer to protect your legal rights. Each state limits the amount of time an injured person has to file a lawsuit, so speaking with a lawyer right away can ensure you do not miss an important deadline if you decide to file a personal injury lawsuit.

A complex situation arises when a slip and fall incident leads to death or serious injury. For decades, the slip and fall lawyers at Anapol Weiss have successfully represented injured victims and the families of those who died in premises liability lawsuits. Contact our firm to speak with a highly qualified slip and fall attorney if you or a family member was hurt. We can investigate your case and determine if you are eligible to file a suit.

Topics: Slip and Fall, Personal Injury, Premises Liability

Preventing Accidents In and Around Swimming Pools

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Apr 18, 2016 3:30:00 PM

With the gradually warming weather comes an increase in outdoor activities for both adults and children. It is therefore very important that property owners – particularly those with a swimming pool –take precautions to prevent injury.

Slip and fall accidents around swimming poolsDrowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Among children between the ages of one and four, most drowning incidents occur in home swimming pools.

Both public and private swimming pool owners have a duty to maintain a reasonably safe environment for anticipated use. When they fail to uphold that duty, property owners may potentially be held liable for injuries that happen in or around the pool.

Some states follow the attractive nuisance doctrine, which states that owners are responsible for preventing pool accidents involving young children who may not appreciate the danger of drowning – even when those children are trespassing. This includes a duty to prevent and discourage access to the pool. The CDC offers a few recommendations to improve pool safety at home:

  • Install a four-sided isolation fence, which separates the pool area from the house and yard. The height of the fence should be at least four feet and contain self-closing and self-latching gates that open outward. These fences reduce a child’s risk of drowning by 83 percent when compared to three-sided property-line fencing.
  • Clear the pool and surrounding area of toys to discourage children from entering the pool area unsupervised.

Further, property owners can prevent pool accidents by replacing damaged ladders and equipment and warning swimmers about dangers that may not be obvious – such as hidden obstructions that make the pool too shallow for diving.

People can be killed or permanently injured when a property owner is negligent in maintaining safety in and around the pool. If you or a loved one suffered a slip and fall injury or worse around a swimming pool, we can help. Contact the New Jersey and Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers at Anapol Weiss for assistance today.

 

Topics: Slip and Fall, Premises Liability

Important Factors in Premises Liability Injury Cases

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Apr 8, 2016 3:30:00 PM

Premises Liability LawsuitsIn a premises liability case, a property owner is potentially held liable for injuries resulting from dangerous conditions on the property.

Premises liability may involve incidents including:

  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Swimming pool injuries
  • Accidents during construction, remodeling or renovation
  • Fires
  • Animal bites
  • Criminal attacks

While specific laws vary from state to state, the plaintiff will generally have to prove:

  1. The defendant owned, occupied, or leased the property
  2. The defendant was negligent in the use of the property
  3. The plaintiff was injured on the property
  4. The defendant’s negligence was a substantial factor in those injuries

Property owners have a duty to make the premises reasonably safe for others. This may mean regularly inspecting the area, keeping up with repairs, and proving adequate warnings of potential hazards. When a person is injured and files a premises liability personal injury lawsuit, he or she must prove that the property owner was negligent in caring for the property.

Further, a plaintiff in a premises liability case must show he or she was injured. Beyond the victim’s testimony, medical records and experts can give additional evidence of the extent of the injuries and treatment and how those things affect different aspects of the victim’s life.

Contact Our Firm for Assistance

Premises liability cases are complex legal matters that require the skill of an experienced law firm. For decades, the Pennsylvania and New Jersey personal injury lawyers at Anapol Weiss have obtained justice and compensation for people who were injured as a result of a property owner’s negligence. Contact our firm for assistance if you were injured.

 

Topics: Slip and Fall, Premises Liability

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