TRIP & FALL ACCIDENTS ATTORNEY IN SHAWNEE, OKLAHOMA
No matter how cautious we are in life, we can all have unexpected accidents that leave us injured. And, in the case of a trip-and-fall accident that occurs on someone else’s property—especially in cases where it was preventable—you may be thinking about your options for seeking compensation to cover the expenses related to your injury. For over 20 years, I’ve focused my practice at the Wilson Law Firm PLLC on personal injury cases, helping clients in Shawnee, Chandler, Norman, Okemah, and Ada, Oklahoma, get the help they need. If you feel you have grounds for litigation against a homeowner or business owner, call me today to set up a consultation.
Your personal injury attorney must differentiate a trip-and-fall accident from a slip-and-fall accident. In the former, a person falls forward after tripping on something. The injuries such as bruises on the knees, hands, forehead, arms, or wrists are located on the front of the body in a trip-and-fall accident. In a slip-and-fall accident, the victim falls backward after slipping on something, and the injuries are concentrated on the back of the body. These two types of accidents require different legal approaches.
Common causes of a trip-and-fall accident include uneven sidewalks that need to be repaired, high steps that aren’t properly marked, or objects left in a walkway that customers or pedestrians could easily fall over. In these cases your attorney will work to prove premise liability, meaning the property or business owner did not address unsafe conditions, and because of their negligence it resulted in your accident. Property owners—especially business owners—have a duty of care to maintain their property so that preventable accidents like this do not happen.
What to Do After an Accident
You should seek medical attention immediately after a trip-and-fall accident, even if you don’t think your injuries are that extensive. Likely, wounds won’t be noticeable for several days after the accident, and only a medical professional can properly assess this. Additionally, if you decide to pursue a claim, you’ll need this documentation to support your case. If you can, take pictures of the scene of the accident and get contact information for any witnesses who may have seen the accident take place.
You should also refrain from accepting any initial offers from insurance providers, as the insurance companies typically send you a settlement right away hoping you’ll accept a lower amount. The amount is almost always for less than you deserve. Lastly, contact a personal injury attorney who’s well versed in state law so they can help navigate your options.
How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
I have experienced numerous trip-and-fall cases and can help you through the process of receiving evidence and documents you’ll need to obtain. You don’t have to deal with your personal injury situation alone. I can help go back and forth with insurance companies to help you get the best settlement possible while you’re able to focus on healing. If you move forward with a personal injury claim, I can help you with all the legal steps and ensure your compensation is fair and comprehensive.
TRIP & FALL ACCIDENTS ATTORNEY SERVING SHAWNEE, OKLAHOMA
I know from my years of experience helping clients like you that injuries can have lasting and unexpected effects. These injuries can require unforeseen out-of-pocket expenses and months, if not years, of recovery. If you’re in Shawnee, Oklahoma, or the surrounding cities of Chandler, Norman, Okemah, or Ada and are curious about your options related to a trip-and-fall accident, call my office, Wilson Law Firm PLLC, today.