What to Do When You've Been Involved in a Slip and Fall Accident in Ahwatukee
No injury is easy to bear, and that goes for a slip and fall accident, too. It is especially difficult to bear when you know that your accident and your injuries were caused by the actions, or the inaction of another person or entity. Some of your frustrations will come from being in pain. But much of your frustration will come from knowing that you couldn't have done anything differently to protect yourself from someone else's mistakes. Your injuries will range from moderate to severe. Your recovery time will be based on your injuries, but may take weeks, months, or years to push through. But your confusion and disappointment may last much longer without the right help to make it through your recovery from start to finish.
What Kinds of Injuries Happen When You Slip and Fall?
When you slip and fall on the grass at your home after a rainstorm, probably no one is at fault and it was just an accident that could not have been prevented. But you when you slip and fall due to poor lighting, or water on the floor of a store, or no hand rails on a stair case, then more likely or not you would not have been hurt if proper measures were taken. Some common injuries sustained in a fall include:
- Twisted, sprained, strained, or broken ankle
- Broken arms or legs, or even your collarbone
- Head injuries if you smack the back or front of your head when you make contact with the ground
- Scrapes, bruises, cuts, and contusions, especially if you fall on a hard surface, or on something sharp or with an odd shape
Who is Responsible for Your Injuries?
A lot of times victims blame themselves for slip and fall injuries. It's natural to think, "Oh, I'm such a klutz. If I had been watching this wouldn't have happened." But the truth is that stores and other individuals have a responsibility to make their premises safe for you. If you slip on a spill, packaging, or a leaky spot in a store, or trip over an electrical cable, broken tiles, loose carpeting, or the unsafe end of a jolty escalator, the store may be responsible for your injuries. Every circumstances is different and the law in Arizona sets a very high standard for recovering from a slip and fall, but you can't know your legal rights unless you reach out to an attorney who has handled these cases time and time again.
Who is Going to Pay Your Bills?
When you're injured in a slip and fall, there's usually a lot of bills to pay. You will have to pay medical doctors, pharmacies, physical therapists, and other medical entities, not to mention the bills you still have at home. The trouble is, you might be out of work for a few days, a few weeks, a few months, or, if your injuries are bad enough, a year or more. If you were injured at a store, the store management or the owner corporation may try to get you to admit that it was your fault so they don't have to help you, or they may try to convince you to take gift cards or a small settlement to make the whole thing go away. But they are, and can be held, responsible for your injuries, pain, and suffering, and the loss of income you have experienced. But with slip and falls, usually because of the heightened standard in our Arizona law, victims need help to get the compensation they deserve.
That's where a skilled Ahwatukee accident lawyer can be of use to you. The Husband and Wife Law Team understand the nuances of the law when it comes to slip and fall accidents. They can help you protect your rights and represent your interests to the corporation, their attorneys, and the insurance company. They can also help negotiate the costs of your medical care so you can breathe easier while you recover and focus on getting better. To talk about your case and get on the right path to healing contact the attorneys at the Breyer Law Offices, P.C. now.