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SLIP AND FALL INJURIES

What are some examples of conditions that make it ripe for a Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall accident to occur in a store?

 There are many examples of conditions that left, unrepaired, make it ripe for a slip and fall or a trip and fall accident to occur in a store.  For example, poor lighting, water or liquids spills left uncleaned, torn carpets, holes or gaffes in a floor.  

What should a person do immediately following a slip and fall or trip and fall injury?

First and foremost, you should seek medical treatment if you are seriously injured.  After you are medically secured, you should report your fall and injury to the store manager or supervisor and make an accident report explaining why you believe you fell (water, bad lighting etc.).  If you're able you should locate and identify and witnesses to your fall and as well the condition that led to your fall.  Take pictures of the area documenting the reason you fell.  Retrieve an accident report from the store before you leave to memorialize your fall and injury and the reason for the fall.

When is it a good idea to seek out the services of an attorney, if you have been injured due to a slip and fall or trip and fall?

 It's always a god idea to seek out the services of an attorney right away after an accident.  The attorney will be able to advise you about your rights going forward, the best way to protect your claim and what to expect from the at fault's insurance provider. 

When a slip and fall injury occurs on a commercial property, who can be held liable?

Many people and entities can be held liable when you have an accident on a commercial property.   It depends on what caused the injury and who was responsible for the conditions that caused the injury.  Often, the tenant, landlord and others can be liable.  Always contact a qualified attorney if you have an accident on commercial property.  

What are examples in which a person would likely have contributed to their own personal injury?

There are many examples of how you can  contribute to you own personal injury.  You could be distracted by talking on a cell, texting or just not paying attention to  what's going on that leads to an accident.   However, it's important to note, although you might be partially at fault for your injury it does not mean your cannot recovery due to someone else's negligence.  Even if you feel you may have been at fault you should contact an attorney to get an complete understanding of liability. 

What are the most common causes of commercial vehicle accidents?

There are many causes to commercial vehicle accidents.  One of the biggest causes of commercial vehicle accidents is passenger vehicles not realizing the inherent dangers of commercial vehicles and the difficulty or lack of mobility of large commercial vehicles.  Also, commercial vehicle drivers contribute to many accidents by having inadequate training as to driving technique, safety concerns, and defensive driving.

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