Sooner or later, gravity gets the best of us when it is least expected. And whether it is a trip, slip, tumble, or wipeout, unscripted falls remain one of the leading causes of injury each year in the United States.
The luckiest slip and fall victims escape with red cheeks and a giggle. On the other hand, a sudden trip or fall for a less fortunate victim can easily result in a wide range of traumatic injuries.
If you find yourself in the latter category, we highly recommend that you contact an experienced Indianapolis slip and fall attorney to discuss your rights and next steps.
Why injury attorneys are needed for serious slip and fall cases
If you choose to pursue a serious slip and fall case without attorney representation, the insurance company will likely try to deny your claim by simply stating that you should have been aware of the circumstances that led to your fall.
Slip & Fall Liability
In terms of liability, slip and falls are a highly unique case type.
Unlike a car accident, which is often the result of distracted driving, speeding, or driving under the influence, there is a much greater number of causes that can contribute to a slip and fall case.
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Boulton Law Group has witnessed and handled falls caused by a wide variety of factors, including:
- standing water
- poorly maintained surfaces, e.g., sidewalks, floors, parking lots
- ice and/or snow
- faulty stairs or handrails
- unrestrained animals
- escalator and elevator malfunctions
- failure to warn of hazardous conditions
Insurance companies are known for aggressively defending slip and fall claims in the state of Indiana. And because each case will present with unique liability, it also serves as an opportunity for the insurance company to get creative in its attempt to place some or all of the fault on your actions or alleged inattentiveness.
Having an experienced slip and fall injury attorney on your side provides you with a number of advantages designed to even the playing field, including:
- Making sure that the entire accident narrative is properly recorded.
- Gathering of valuable evidence before it is destroyed, lost, or forgotten.
- Coordinating and handling all communications with the insurance company.
- Presenting the insurance company with a professional demand package requesting compensation.
If the insurance company still denies your claim because of disputed liability, your attorney may choose to file a lawsuit and prepare the case for litigation.
Slip & Fall Injuries
Similar to liability, the vast array of injury types caused by slip and fall cases are stunning and sometimes unimaginable.
For example, attorney Boulton witnessed a case in which a woman suffered primary and secondary injuries after slipping and falling on a clear liquid that had been spilled in the aisle or a large, well-known big-box store.
The immediate fall left the woman with severe injuries to her leg that rendered her unable to move. And because the victim and witnesses were focused on the “obvious” injury, no one realized that the liquid which caused her fall was a type of cleaning solution that caused chemical burns upon skin contact. As a result, the woman remained sitting in the spill and eventually also suffered significant burns to her lower body.
While the above scenario resulted in an unlikely combination of damages, Boulton Law Group’s slip and fall clients typically suffer one of the following types of injuries:
- Broken bones that require surgery
- Permanent nerve damage
- Spinal injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Fatal injuries
No matter your injury type, we strongly recommend that you seek immediate medical treatment so that a doctor can examine your primary injuries as well as look for signs of any secondary or unknown injuries.
Hiring an Indianapolis slip and fall attorney not only improves the chances that you are compensated for your injuries, but it also helps to ensure that all sources of potential insurance coverage are located and put on notice. Searching for the appropriate source(s) of liability coverage can prove difficult for slip and fall victims who are without representation.
Next steps for seriously injured slip & fall victims
If you suffered a fall through no fault of your own, and it has left you with traumatic injuries that required surgery or resulted in long-term care, you may benefit from a professional evaluation of your claim.
Attorney Matt Boulton has more than 20 years’ experience in handling a variety of Indiana slip and fall cases throughout the state. In addition to successfully settling and litigating these case types, his client-first approach has also resulted in the law firm’s reputation as being a firm that treats people like family.
To that point, we believe everyone should have risk-free access to legal consultations and representation. For this reason, Boulton Law Group offers all Indiana slip and fall victims a Zero Fee Guarantee.
To speak with Matt about your slip and fall accident, contact him direct at 317-350-2680.
If you prefer to write to us with the details of your slip and fall, you can use our free and confidential contact form. Each website submission is personally reviewed by attorney Boulton.
We look forward to hearing your story!