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What Causes a Slip & Fall Accident?

You may be wondering what the role of your slip and fall lawyer is in a slip and fall case. As explained by the lawyers at Brandy Austin Law Firm, PLLC, will be able to help you answer questions about the accident, from what you remember to what the scene of the accident resembled. This will be useful later on, when you are filing charges and going to court.

There are many possibilities as to why you could have taken a fall:

          You may have missed a step.

          You slipped on an erroneous object.

          You tripped over a coat, dress, shoelace or another article of clothing.

          You were reaching for something such as a handrail or your cell phone and lost your balance.

          You lost your balance due to the riser height between steps.

Sometimes a slip and fall can leave you confused, numb, and even embarrassed. And you might think you are not injured because you do not seem to hurt anymore than a fall should hurt; however, if you have been involved in a slip and fall accident you will need to consult a physician of your choice to ensure there is no injury. Injuries to the spine, joints and other parts of the body from these types of falls can occur at a very delayed speed—meaning, if you do not get it diagnosed before it is a full-blown injury, when you later try to sue the owner of wherever you had your fall at, it will be much harder to prove the fall caused the injury.

You need to prove liability, and that isn’t easy. Liability means the defendant, which is the property owner, failed to maintain their property—therefore they are negligent in this case. The owner has a duty to, more or less, warn visitors to the property of unsafe conditions, and any such conditions must be in the process of being repaired, be repaired, or be marked with proper signage.

When they fail to do this, they fail to uphold the responsibility they had to people on their property. Your slip and fall lawyer in Dallas, TX has to have the ability to examine the scene, discuss all possibilities as to what caused the accident and who is at fault, so that they can determine what happened. Extensive knowledge of personal injury will help your lawyer if the slip and fall caused your injury, or if the accident was your fault.

One such instance where the owner of the property is not at fault is if you tripped over your own shoelace and this caused you to fall down the stairs. In this case, it is very clearly your fault that you were injured. However, if you fell and lost your balance due to the risers having various heights, then it is the property owner’s fault because they did not correct a poorly crafted staircase, therefore leaving themselves open to liability when injuries ensue.