Slip and Fall Accident Attorney in Portland, OR
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It is difficult to anticipate taking a spill, and common slip and fall accidents can have long-lasting, harmful consequences. Your back may suffer uncontrollable spasms, your spine can become misaligned, and any fractures could take months to heal properly. If you have slipped and fallen in a Portland area parking lot, on a sidewalk, in a grocery store, or in a building stairwell, don't just chalk your accident up to dumb luck.
You might have grounds for legal action, depending on the circumstances. While rainstorms are frequent in Oregon, property owners have a responsibility to keep public areas of their business or homes dry and safe. A Portland injury attorney from Angel Law, P.C. can become a strong ally after you have slipped and fallen.
Consequences of Slip and Fall Accidents
Any resulting injuries from a slip and fall accident are obvious consequences to the unfortunate event. The harm may extend beyond sprains and breaks.
If you have slipped and fallen, you may also have to deal with:
- Medical bills
- Lack of mobility
- Lingering joint soreness
- Lost wages during recovery
- Emotional trauma
- Difficulty sleeping – especially after a head injury
- Loss of employment
- Dizzy spells
Where Do Slip & Fall Accidents Happen?
Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, of course. But they tend to happen wherever a property owner or proprietor has been negligent in their duties to care for their properties. Many of the slip and fall cases that we have worked on involved someone who slipped while shopping or tripped while at a friend’s house, for example.
Common causes of slip and fall accidents include:
- Loose rugs and floor mats
- Slick or wet tile floors
- Uplifted carpeting
- Loose cables or wires
- Debris or clutter on the floor
- Poorly lit walkways
- Missing handrails near steps
- Uneven stairs
- Cracked asphalt
- Uneven sidewalks
Determining the Cause of a Slip & Fall
Saying that you slipped and fell on someone else’s property is one thing. Proving that you slipped and fell because of that property owner’s negligence is something else entirely. Using evidence to describe and show what happened to you, we can prove the cause was not your fault and, therefore, you should be given compensation for your injuries.
Evidence that can help determine the cause of your slip and fall accident includes:
- Security camera footage
- Eyewitness testimonies
- Property inspection records
- Medical evaluations
What to Do After a Slip & Fall
When you have suffered a slip and fall accident, the first thing that you should do is take care of yourself. If you are seriously injured, call for help immediately.
Next, start documenting the scene around you as much as you can. Photographing the area with your smartphone is a good way to clearly show the hazard that made you slip or trip, such as a spilled product in a grocery store aisle or a busted step.
Lastly, you should notify the property owner about your accident as soon as you can. Don’t tell them too much because you don’t want to misspeak and make it seem like you caused your accident. Just inform them that you slipped and fell on a hazard there. If you slipped in a retail or commercial location, then you will likely need to fill out an accident report. Ask for one if you aren’t offered it.
Don't Just Move On After a Slip and Fall Accident
Many people think that they should just be "tough" and move on after a slip and fall accident. They think that they should not make a fuss about the accident, and that it was probably their fault in some way. Under premises liability law, even if you are partially responsible for the slip that led to your injuries, you can still seek financial compensation from other parties involved. Our legal professional at Angel Law, P.C. have a genuine concern for your well-being and want to help you pursue justice for your unnecessary injuries.
As a former U.S. Marine, Attorney Patrick Angel has the know-how and persistence you can expect from a strong soldier. Put that reliability and resilience into your corner by retaining his help today. No matter where you were when you slipped and fell, resulting in painful injuries, he can track down the parties responsible and hold them accountable. If they are unwilling to give you a fair settlement, Mr. Angel is not afraid of taking cases to court and can represent you in your time of need.
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