Dearborn Slip and Fall Accident Attorney
A slip and fall accident can result in a premises liability claim, which is a type of personal injury claim that occurs when an individual slips or trips and falls, due to a hazard on another’s property. A person who experiences a slip and fall accident with injuries can bring a claim against the negligent party to receive compensation for their damages. Slip and fall damages can include physical, emotional, and financial damages.
According to the CDC, more than a million Americans will experience a slip, trip, and fall injury each year. Slip and fall injuries make up 15 percent of all job-related injuries. The CDC places falls into two categories—falls from a height, and same-level falls. Same-level falls are much more common, therefore, there are more injuries related to slip and fall same-level falls. Falls from a height, however, are more likely to result in more severe injuries or even death. If you’ve experienced a slip and fall accident with injuries due to the negligence of another, contacting the Dan Makled Law Firm can make a difference in the outcome of your fall.
Why Choose a Dearborn Slip and Fall Accident Attorney from Dan Makled Law Firm?
When you make the decision to choose a slip and fall accident attorney you may have little idea how to choose the best attorney for your situation. You may have many questions regarding a potential claim. You may also have injuries severe enough that you want nothing more than to concentrate on healing and getting better. While you certainly have many options when choosing a Dearborn slip and fall accident attorney, at the Dan Makled Law Firm we hope you will give us the opportunity to speak to us about your case.
Attorney Dan Makled has a history of providing quality representation for those injured in a slip and fall accident, along with exemplary customer service. At the Dan Makled Law Firm, we prepare every single case as though it were going to trial. If the case does go to trial, we are 100 percent prepared. If the case settles outside of trial, our level of preparation allows us to easily deal with any twist or turn your case takes. Attorney Dan Makled worked for insurance companies in the past, so is well-versed in the length insurance companies will go to in their zeal to pay out the least amount possible. When you choose the Dan Makled Law Firm, you have chosen a quality firm that will work hard for you, your health, and your future.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents?
There are many causes of slip and fall accidents. Perhaps the most common cause of this type of accident is spills that result in a slippery floor surface. Spills in a restaurant, grocery store, or retail store are common, however, it is the responsibility of the management or owner to identify a potentially hazardous spill and clean it up in a timely manner. Other causes of slip and fall accidents include:
- Ice and snow on sidewalks, in parking lots, or tracked inside buildings
- Uneven flooring surfaces
- Torn carpeting
- Broken staircases
- Missing handrails in stairwells
- Poor lighting
- Boxes or other items blocking walkways
- Electrical cords across walkways
- Recently waxed or mopped floors
- Potholes in parking lots or sidewalks
What Injuries Are Common Following a Slip and Fall Accident?
There are many different injuries that are possible following a slip and fall accident. Broken bones are common, particularly broken wrists, ankles, and arms. Bruising or cuts can occur during a slip and fall, and head injuries—including concussions are also common. Many people who fall strike the back of their heads on a hard flooring surface. A mild concussion will generally resolve itself in time, but a more serious traumatic head injury can cause long-term problems. Nerve damage can occur in a slip and fall, as well as neck and back injuries. Neck and back injuries may include whiplash, slipped discs, and damaged vertebrae. An experienced slip and fall accident attorney can help you get the medical treatments you need while accurately assessing the cost of your slip and fall injuries.
How is Liability Proven in a Slip and Fall Case?
Proving liability will depend on a variety of issues, including whether you were on the property legally. If you are in a public place like a grocery store, retail store, restaurant, bar, etc., you are considered an “invitee” who has an implicit invitation to be on the property. If you were invited to an acquaintance or friend’s home for a party or other function, you are legally on the property as a licensee.
If you are legally on the property and the hazardous or dangerous condition that caused your slip and fall was noticeable or obvious, then the owner of the property is liable. A jury might ask whether a reasonable person, behaving in a rational manner would have suffered a slip and fall given the same set of circumstances. If the owner of the property had a duty of care to invitees or licensees, that duty was breached, and the breach of duty resulted in injuries and damages, then the owner of the property is liable.
How Does the Slip and Fall Claim Process Work?
Once you have contacted a Dearborn slip and fall accident attorney from the Dan Makled Law Office, we will begin collecting evidence to prove liability for your claim. We will help you get the medical treatments you need as we build your case. Once your damages have been fully calculated, we will begin negotiations with the insurance company. If the insurance company refuses to settle for a reasonable amount, attorney Dan Makled will request a trial. In some cases, this is enough to prompt the insurance company to pay you a fair settlement. Other times, your case may go to trial. In the state of Michigan, the statute of limitations for slip and fall injuries is three years from the date the accident occurred. Contacting slip and fall accident attorney Dan Makled as quickly as possible is a crucial component of a successful claim.
What Damages Can I Expect from My Slip and Fall Claim?
Your damages following a slip and fall with injuries will depend on the circumstances surrounding your accident. Most people are entitled to medical expenses related to the accident. This includes current expenses as well as expected future expenses if you will be required to continue medical treatments or rehabilitative therapies in the future. Hospital bills, ambulance expenses, physician costs, surgical expenses, prescription drug costs, rehabilitative therapy expenses, and any necessary assistive devices are all reimbursable. If you were unable to return to work for weeks, months, or even longer, you will be entitled to lost wages. If you may never return to the work you did prior to your accident, you may be entitled to future lost wages as well. Pain and suffering damages can cover not only physical pain but emotional pain and trauma as well. Your attorney will determine to what extent your injuries have prohibited you from returning to your normal daily life, then base pain and suffering damages on that assessment.
Do I Really Need a Dearborn Slip and Fall Accident Attorney?
Although a slip and fall accident might seem fairly straightforward, there can be many complexities associated with proving liability and securing a fair settlement for your damages. Your slip and fall accident attorney will definitively establish liability for your claim via a thorough investigation. When you handle your own claim, the insurance company will almost certainly offer you a quick, low settlement. You may accept that settlement only to find it does not cover all your expenses associated with your slip and fall.
At that point, there is nothing you can do, as there are no “do-overs.” Having an experienced slip and fall accident attorney in your corner ensures your settlement will be full and fair. If the insurance company refuses a fair settlement, your attorney can represent you at a trial, complying with all applicable deadlines, and filing all necessary paperwork. Insurance companies are much more likely to respect those who have strong legal representation—and your settlement will reflect that.
How Dearborn Slip and Fall Accident Attorney Dan Makled Will Fight for You
Having an attorney who believes strongly in your right to receive compensation for an injury that was not your fault is crucial. You may be seriously injured, perhaps even unable to return to work for some time. Our law firm is very client-centric; we have a desire to build a relationship with each client that is stronger than “typical” attorney-client relationships. You will speak directly to attorney Dan Makled who will communicate the status of your case on a regular basis. Contact the Dan Makled Law Firm today for highly skilled, experienced representation from a Dearborn Slip and Fall Accident Attorney.