Portland Slips and Falls Attorneys
Slip and fall injuries can happen at any place to anyone, especially to seniors over the age of 55. These types of accidents can take place at a supermarket, nursing home, school, or shopping mall. While most people assume that a slip and fall was their fault, this is not always the case. Business owners and property owners are expected to maintain a certain level of safety for their patrons, referred to as premises liability. A premises liability holds a property owner responsible for any damages that contributed to an individual’s injury or accident.
Rights for Victims of Slip and Fall Accidents
You have a right to protect yourself if you suffered a slip and fall injury on someone else’s property due to their negligence. You may be able to seek compensation such as insurance money to help pay for your medical expenses and any other damages you sustained after your fall.
If you sustained an injury due to a slip and fall accident due to a property owner’s negligence, contact our office online.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Injuries
Some common causes of slip and fall injures that would necessitate legal intervention include but are not limited to the following:
- Wet surfaces
- Stray cords and electrical wires
- Waxed or polished floors
- Uneven pavement or flooring
- Poor lighting
- Broken or damaged handrails
- Broken floor tiles
- Faulty elevators or escalators
How Do I Know if I Have a Slip & Fall Case?
To know if you have a slip and fall personal injury case, your best option is to contact an experienced attorney. It might also be helpful to understand the difference between a licensee and invitee and how each relates to a personal injury case. A licensee is an individual who visits premises at the invitation of the property owner, usually for social reasons. An invitee is an individual who visits property for business purposes.
Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations in Oregon to file a slip and fall accident is within 2 years of the initial injury.
What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident
It is advisable to take the following steps after being injured in a slip and fall or trip and fall accident:
Seek Medical Help
It is important to see medical attention if you have been hurt. Not only is your health a priority, but your visit will provide the necessary documentation you need should you decide to seek compensation for your injuries.
Write Up a Report of the Accident
Make sure you leave a report of the accident with the owner of the location where you fell. You can ask the owner to write down the details, just make sure to request a copy of it.
Write down the details of the accident while it is still fresh in your memory. Include the names and contact information of any potential witnesses and write down their witness accounts. Remember to take photographs of where you fell, documenting any conditions that contributed to your accident. Also include photographs of your injuries and what you were wearing during the accident. You will also want to document the exact time and date of your fall.
Decline to Provide a Statement
Refrain from posting anything related to your fall on social media. Also, decline to give a statement to an insurance company until you have spoken with an attorney. Avoid unnecessary communication with the property owner or manager after asking them for a copy of the accident report.
Contact an Attorney
As slip and fall cases can be difficult to prove at times, it is best to consult with an experienced attorney to help you build your case. An attorney will also provide you with valuable advice as you navigate whether you can pursue a lawsuit.