Slip and fall accidents are one of the most common precursors to personal injury lawsuits. Many things we encounter in our day to day lives can cause these accidents. A wet or slippery surface at the grocery store, an unsecured cable on the ground, loose handrails, and cracks or holes in sidewalks can all be the cause for immense pain and suffering. For the year 2009, in Pima county alone, there were over 19,000 visits to emergency rooms due to unintentional falls. Statewide there were 731 deaths that same year as a direct result of falls. These types of accidents represent a harsh reality as they can literally happen at any place, at any time.
While anyone can succumb to a slip and fall accident, the elderly population tends to experience them more frequently. Vital Health and Statistics reported that from 2001 – 2003, falls were the number one leading cause of nonfatal medical injuries for seniors (65+) in the United States. Seniors were more than twice as likely to experience a fall than people under the age of 65. Tragically, after a fall the quality of life for an independent elderly American can significantly decrease. Oftentimes the fall can cause recurring medical problems, both mental and physical. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, there were nearly 30,000 visits to emergency rooms by elderly persons in 2009 due to falls.
In addition to potential long term medical issues as the result of a slip and fall, the financial costs can be bankrupting. If you experience a slip and fall in Tucson, there is legal recourse that you can take to compensate you for this pain and suffering. Slip and fall cases fall under “premise liability”. These types of cases center around the negligence of the property owner who allows an unsafe condition to exist, which in turn results in a slip and fall. You may also hear the term “tort law” when discussing a slip and fall case. “Tort”, literally translated means to “wrong”. Tort law deals with civil wrongs that a negligent person does to another.
Slip and fall accidents can occur both inside and outside. Some common conditions that cause slip and falls to happen in Tucson are:
- A unmarked wet or slippery floor
- Wiring or cords not properly tied down
- Irregular stair steps
- Faulty handrails
- Food that has fallen onto the grocery store floor
- Torn carpeting
- Uneven floor surfaces
- Insufficient lighting
- Ice on a parking lot
The burden of proof generally falls on the plaintiff when trying to prove a slip and fall case. Because of this, it is absolutely vital to secure any and all evidence related to the case immediately after the fall. Eyewitness testimony can play a large role in proving what really happened. Additionally, where applicable, photos can be taken of the area depicting its condition at the time of the fall.
If you have been the victim of a slip and fall accident, seek the service of a Tucson attorney trained and experienced in the stipulations and regulations of slip and fall tort law. Here at the Tucson branch of Wattel & York, we have a vast array of knowledge concerning slip and fall claims. All aspects of your case will be reviewed by trained professionals to ensure your full compensation for injuries, pain, and suffering that you incur due to your accident.
While the statute of limitations for filing a claim due to a slip and fall in Tucson is 2 years, cases are generally more successful when filed within the first 30 days.
Finding the right medical specialist can be a tough task, especially when you’re already dealing with the physical and emotional injuries after a slip and fall accident. The attorneys at Wattel & York will set you up with the appropriate specialist for your accident. Additionally, we can put off the payment to these specialists until your trial is finished or your case settled. This is a courtesy we extend to all of our clients.
Don’t hesitate any longer if you are the victim of a slip and fall accident. The statute of limitations strictly dictates how long you have after your accident to file a claim. Contact an experienced Tucson attorney within Wattel & York, Attorneys At Law, to get started on your slip and fall accident claim today. You can reach our Tuscon office at (520) 352-0183. Alternatively, you can fill out our simple case form on our website and we will get back to you promptly.
Here at Wattel & York, your initial consultation is always free and confidential. When we accept cases, our firm operates on a contingent fee basis. What this means to you is simple — you don’t pay anything unless we win your case.
Call or contact us today, you may have a valid claim (entitling you to compensation) for personal injury as the result of a slip and fall accident.