Slip and Fall Lawyer West Allis, WI
If you have slipped and fallen in West Allis, Wisconsin, and have suffered harm as a result, please call Hickey and Turim, S.C. As a leading slip and fall lawyer West Allis, WI, residents trust, we have handled a large number of these cases and would be happy to let you know whether or not compensation is available.
In Wisconsin, the winters invite slip and fall accidents to occur. However, during the rest of the year, these incidents are equally common. No one is immune to a slip and fall, but elders and children face the highest risk of experiencing a severe injury such as:
- A broken hip
- Broken bones
- Ligament and muscle injuries
- Head injuries
- Neck and spine injuries
The injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident can result in extensive medical care that can cost thousands of dollars. In addition to these high costs, victims may be unable to work because of their injuries. Rehabilitation may be needed for months or years, and then there is also the likelihood of enduring emotional distress. These losses, and others, can accumulate so much so that many slip and fall victims will begin to feel overwhelmed and unsure about what they can do to alleviate their burdens. As a West Allis, WI slip and fall lawyer, we cannot change the past, but we may be able to improve your current situation. If negligence was a factor, we may be able to recover damages for your losses.
What is Negligence in a Slip and Fall Case?
Negligence is a broad term, but typically applicable when an accident, that was preventable, occurred. In general, for this to be true, the following factors will need to apply:
There was a dangerous situation or hazard such as:
- Spilled liquids
- Left over floor cleaner/wax
- An object (i.e. wire, cable, tool)
- Broken stairs
- Rolled/bunched carpet
- + More
The owner of the premise knew about the danger, but did not do anything to address it
- You slipped and fell because of the danger
- The accident resulted in injuries and other losses
If it can be demonstrated that another person’s negligent actions, or lack of, caused you to slip and fall, and become injured, you will likely be able to recover damages.
Reporting the Accident
Generally, you will need to report the accident to the owner or manager of the property. They may ask you to complete a form or write down what happened. While it is okay to report your accident, you should not sign any waiver or document that is given to you, apart from maybe your report of the accident. Even then, read the fine print (if any), and if you don’t understand something call a slip and fall lawyer in West Allis, WI. In truth, this is often a good idea before you report what happened. It is also recommended that you don’t admit to any fault, apologize, or say something like “Don’t worry about what happened, or I’ll be fine.” If you are offered a private settlement you should politely decline. Accepting any kind of offer could result in the inability to recover compensation.
For a consultation with a slip and fall lawyer in West Allis, WI, call Hickey and Turim, S.C. today.