This past August, a Sandy, Oregon Safeway found itself facing a $280,000 lawsuit for a slip and fall accident. According to court paperwork, the injured party slipped on a greasy patch in the store, and as a result, she suffered back injuries, necessitating $30,000 in medical expenses. She is also seeking $250,000 for pain and suffering.
Unfortunately for this grocery store visitor, she isn’t Safeway’s first slip and fall victim of the year. Previously, another man filed a lawsuit for $50,000 after slipping on an icy sidewalk outside of a Milwaukie Safeway store.
Slips and Falls Can Happen Anywhere and Any Time
No one can predict when they may sustain a slip and fall injury. However, if the accident was caused by the negligence of another party, compensation for the injury may be claimed.
It’s crucial for you to be aware of your legal rights so that you can properly protect yourself should you find yourself in such a situation. Here are the steps you to take following such an accident:
- Immediately Seek Medical Attention: By seeking immediate medical help, you’re not only protecting your health, but you’re ensuring that your injuries are being properly documented in order to receive fair compensation for any medical bills.
- Report The Accident To the “At Fault” Party: It’s important for a report to be taken by the manager or landlord so they are made aware of the incident. Be sure to obtain a copy of the report. If you have slipped and fallen on a homeowner’s property, advise them of the fall but avoid arguing with them, and try to stay calm.
- Document the Accident: This includes taking pictures of where you fell, noting any environmental conditions which could have contributed to the fall, such as a lack of lighting, ice, water, or other factors, and writing down the time of the accident. Gather names and contact information of any witnesses.
- Safely Store Your Clothing: Remove and store the shoes and clothing items you were wearing at the time of the incident in a safe place. They may prove to be critical evidence later on.
Slip and fall accidents, while often resulting in minor injuries, can be devastating and result in long term consequences. The premises liability attorneys at the office of Dwyer Williams Dretke, PC, have won hundreds of cases for clients who have suffered a serious slip, trip or fall.
We invite you to call us today for a free consultation at (541) 617-0555.