Slip and Fall Accidents
Mobile, AL slip and fall accident attorney who puts injury victims' needs first - Dean Waite
Slipping and falling on a wet surface in Alabama often causes serious injuries. In a split second, you or a loved one can sustain a serious personal injury due to a slip and fall accident at a restaurant, store, hotel, swimming pool or another public place. While insurance companies might want to dismiss these claims as minor, slip and fall accidents have caused catastrophic injuries include brain injuries and even fatal injuries. Victims sometimes are permanently disabled.
Knowing what to do after a slip and fall accident can be overwhelming. You need to take care of your health, but you might be worried about paying medical bills and missing work to make doctor appointments.
Recovering from a slip and fall accident can be difficult, but getting justice shouldn't have to be. Attorney Dean Waite can be your advocate, from start to finish. He has a successful track record for obtaining sizable settlements and verdicts for his clients.
What is a slip and fall accident?
Slip and fall accidents are exactly what the term sounds like - an accident that involves someone slipping and falling on the ground. Often, people fall and hit their head, resulting in a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Other times, they break their arm or other bones in their body.
Slip and fall accidents are common in Alabama and across the country. Every year, one in three adults over 65 years old slips and falls, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 20 to 30 percent of those falls, adults sustain moderate to severe injuries. Here are some more startling numbers:
- 50 percent of all accidental deaths at home are due to slip and fall accidents
- 25 percent of all workplace accidents involve slip and fall accidents
- Slip and fall accidents are the most common cause of TBIs
Don't become another statistic. Get help now. Contact Dean Waite & Associates, LLC.
How can Dean Waite help me with my Alabama slip and fall accident claim?
When you have Dean Waite on your side, you can take an aggressive stance right from the start. As your lawyer, Dean Waite will rigorously investigate your accident and search for the facts you need to build a rock-solid legal case.
Whether it's visiting the scene of the accident, reviewing medical records or inspection reports, Dean Waite is prepared to do what needs to be done to get your case resolved efficiently and effectively. He is driven by the belief that injury victims should not have to suffer due to another person or company's careless or reckless behavior.
Take your case seriously right from the start. Contact our law firm. Best of all, you only pay us if you win. Call (866) 434-5840 and schedule an appointment today. Help is just a phone or email message call away.
FAQs about Slip and fall accidents
- What are common causes of slip and fall accidents?
- What if the property owner denies wrongdoing in my slip and fall accident?
- How long do I have to file a slip and fall accidents claim in Alabama?
- What should I do if an insurance company contacts me about my slip and fall injury?
- Can I negotiate for more money for my slip and fall accidents claim?
- Can I file a slip and fall accident lawsuit?
What are common causes of slip and fall accidents?
Slip and fall accidents happen for many reasons. Often, floors become wet and slippery due to the negligence of property owners. For example, a shopper might knock a liquid jar off a shelf at a grocery store. An employee might have noticed it but did nothing to address the problem or alert customers of the hazard. If a shopper slips of on the wet floor and gets hurt, that injured individual may have grounds for a lawsuit. The store management is responsible for the employee's actions, and in this case the employee failed to address the situation.
Floors, sidewalks and parking lots can become slippery for a variety of reasons, including:
- Water left on floor by janitors
- Spilled drinks or food
- Poor drainage
- Unmarked hazards
Slippery surfaces are also not the only cause of slip and fall accidents. Other common causes of slip and fall accidents include:
- Poor maintenance
- Uneven floors
- Severe neglect
- Torn carpeting
- Holes or gashes in parking lots
- Lack of lighting
What if the property owner denies wrongdoing in my slip and fall accident?
Don't even try to debate the property owner. Leave the legal battle to us. We know how to deal with uncooperative property owners who deny any wrongdoing. They don't intimidate us and we're prepared to do whatever it takes to hold property owners accountable for their actions.
How long do I have to file a slip and fall accidents claim in Alabama?
In most cases, you have up to two years to file a claim seeking compensation for your slip and fall accident. That's the time limit (known as the "statute of limitations") for personal injury claims in Alabama. But just because you have up to two years does not mean you should wait that long to take legal action. Evidence can quickly disappear in such cases. Memories can fade as well, and witnesses often become harder to track down.
What should I do if an insurance company contacts me about my slip and fall injury?
It's best to decline making any comment until you've gotten advice from an attorney. Call us for a free consultation. If you are represented by our firm, Dean Waite can get in touch with the insurance company on your behalf. Remember, anything you say to an insurance company could be used to deny your claim.
Can I negotiate for more money for my slip and fall accidents claim?
Insurance companies don't want people to know that they have the power to negotiate for more money. Claims adjusters might make a low-ball offer soon after a slip and fall accident - before the true costs of the accident are known. Don't let insurance companies push you around. Take the time to review any offer before deciding what to do. We can help you understand your offer and whether it makes sense for you accept it or demand more money. In either case, we can help you every step of the way.
Can I file a slip and fall accident lawsuit?
A slip and fall accident lawsuit in Alabama may be necessary, but often these cases are settled without the need to litigate. However, Dean Waite has experience at the negotiating table and in the courtroom. He is prepared to sue the property owner if necessary and argue your case before a judge and jury. Dean Waite & Associates, LLC will keep you informed throughout the process, and won't make any big decisions, such as filing a lawsuit, without your input. As your attorney, Dean Waite can explain all the legal options that apply to your specific case. That way, you can make an informed decision about such an important matter.
Filing a slip and fall accident lawsuit can be very complicated. Gathering evidence often takes time and expertise. You need to know what you're looking for, what questions to ask and how then to take all the information and turn it into a strong case.
Dean Waite thrives on such challenging cases. Your case is not just about the money. It's about holding property owners responsible for their actions. It's about making a statement and saying such behavior will not be tolerated. Contact us right now and demand justice.