Slip and Fall

$280K Slip & Fall Lawsuit: A Reminder to Record Incident Details

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Report The Accident To the At FaultParty: 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Medford Slip and Fall Injury Victim Makes Physical, Monetary Recovery

Our client in this Medford, Oregon, slip and fall injury case was injured while visiting her sister at the apartment complex in which her sister lived. Several hours after arriving, in the evening, our client went to retrieve some overnight items from her car.  Unbeknownst to her, the apartment complex had hired a company to trim some of the tree limbs around the complex. Unfortunately for all involved, the workers did not clean up properly and left tree limbs on the ground, in an unlit area near the parking lot. Our client did not see the loose tree limbs on the ground until it was too late: she stepped on one, fell, and was injured as a direct result.

Medford Oregon Slip and Fall Injury Attorneys

Despite being uninsured, our client needed immediate medical attention and she went to the hospital to be treated for her accident-related injuries. She contacted the experienced Oregon Premises Liability attorneys (legalese for “slip, trip, and fall” accident attorneys) at Dwyer Williams Dretke Accident Injury Attorneys and asked us to represent her and help with her ongoing accident-related medical bills.

After sending out letters of representation, our dedicated premises liability attorney Arne Cherkoss learned that the apartment complex had a limited amount of no-fault medical insurance on the property. The complex’s insurance company immediately paid our client its medical limits. Next, we contacted our client’s providers and agreed to pay them out of the proceeds of the settlement for continuing to treat our client.

In the end, our client was able to get the treatment that she needed and to make a full recovery from her accident-related injuries.  After she was fully recovered, we settled her case for a fair value. Our client was more than happy with this outcome.