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Business owners and operators and others have an obligation to keep their premises safe for customers and other visitors. Sometimes, that responsibility is neglected, and dangerous conditions may be the result. If you or a loved one has suffered a slip and fall injury in Orange Park, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Harrell & Harrell, P.A., can help you get the compensation you deserve.

It can happen to any of us: You’re going about your day, perhaps shopping or dining out, unaware of the wet floor or loose mat just ahead. Suddenly, you’re in pain, injured by a slip or fall. What should you do next? While it’s natural to want to quickly end your embarrassment and, if you can, move on, remember that what seems at first to be a minor incident may not be. You may also think the slip or fall was your fault, but, again, it may not be. To get the clearest picture of the circumstances surrounding your fall and who should be held responsible, an investigation is needed, and that should be done by a qualified slip and fall attorney.

Slip and fall accident cases are rarely simple. More than one company or entity may share responsibility, such as when properties have a separate owner and manager. In addition, proving that your injury was due to negligence can be difficult. There may also be other types of claims involved, such as a premises liability or worker’ compensation claim, which may be relevant if you visited a property in order to perform a work duty and a slip and fall accident happens.

If you do have a slip and fall accident, remember these tips:

  • Seek medical attention right away to have your injury examined.
  • Do not sign any forms provided by property owners, property operators, their insurance representatives, or their attorneys before you speak with a qualified slip and fall attorney.
  • Do not file a claim against the responsible party or parties by yourself. Seek the advice of an attorney.

Common causes of slip and fall accidents.

There are many potential causes of slip and fall accidents that can result in injury. Here are just a few:

  • Wet floors
  • Uneven surfaces
  • Floors or walkways blocked by clutter or debris
  • Staircases in need of repair
  • Torn carpeting
  • Loose area rugs or mats
  • Highly waxed floors
  • Floors that have just been mopped but are not marked by a warning sign
  • Parking lot potholes
  • Insufficient lighting on floors or walkways

Types of slip and fall accident injuries.

A slip and fall accident can result in a range of injury types, including:

Soft tissue injuries: Sprains, ligament and tendon tears, and other injuries that cannot be visually discerned may not become evident for days or weeks after the accident. When left untreated, a soft tissue injury can result in chronic pain or other conditions that can have long-term effects. This is why it’s important to have a medical evaluation after a slip and fall accident.

Spinal cord injuries: These devastating injuries can be life-threatening, so emergency medical care is critical. When the spinal cord has been compressed or severed, it’s not unusual for long-term medical care and therapy to cost millions of dollars.

Head injuries: If you have hit your head in a slip and fall accident, you must seek immediate medical care. No head injury is truly “minor,” because it can take some time for even serious head injuries to produce symptoms. Regardless of how well you feel after hitting your head in a slip and fall accident, you must seek medical attention. Seeing a doctor right away not only helps protect your health—it also establishes documentation of your injury that may be valuable in seeking compensation.

Broken bones, cuts, and abrasions: Prompt medical attention is vital because there may be underlying injuries, such as a head or soft tissue injury, that may not immediately cause symptoms.

Contact our Orange Park slip and fall lawyers now.

Before communicating with representatives of any store, restaurant, or other business—including their attorneys or insurance companies—consult with the slip and fall attorneys at Harrell & Harrell, P.A. We offer free, no-obligation consultations during which we will review the details of your case. Call our expert personal injury attorneys now at 904-251-1111 or 800-251-1111 or contact us online now if you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident in Orange Park.


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