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Indianapolis Indiana Slip and Fall Lawyer

Preventable slip and fall accidents are common, and the negligence of a property owner may cause them.

The Law Offices of William H. Hurst has a legal team experienced in personal injury claims. Our lawyers work on behalf of our clients to hold property owners accountable for their negligence. If our firm accepts your case, our lawyers will work to get the best outcomes for you, too.

If you suffered an injury from a slip and fall accident, speak to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Call the Law Offices of William H. Hurst at (317) 636-0808 or contact us online to discuss your potential claims.

Do’s and Don’ts in Slip and Fall Accidents

The Do's and Don'ts of Indianapolis Slip and Fall Accidents


What to do if you have a slip and fall accident:
  • Report the accident immediately to the owner or property manager. Ask for a copy of a written, formal report.
  • Record the names and contact information of any witnesses to the accident. Witness statements may help substantiate a claim.
  • The full extent of injuries is rarely immediately obvious after an accident. Do not assume that you are not hurt, but promptly get a medical evaluation. If legal action becomes necessary, medical records may form important evidence.
  • Take pictures of the location and record the facts of the accident, including the date, day, time, weather, and any other relevant information. Note any conditions that may have contributed to the accident.
  • Keep the shoes and clothing you were wearing at the time of the accident in a sealed bag for possible future examination.

What not to do after a slip and fall accident:
  • Do not make any statements about the accident to anyone other than the property owner, law enforcement, and your medical professionals.
  • Do not minimize your potential or unknown injuries and say, “I’m okay,” before you undergo a medical examination. Do not admit blame (“It’s my fault”), or say you caused the accident if there was no formal review of the evidence.
  • Do not post anything on social media or any public platform.

Insurance companies make the greatest profits by selling the maximum number of policies and paying the minimum amount for claims. Lawyers will represent the property owner’s insurance company, and they will seek to discredit you and disprove or limit any potential claims. They may employ private investigators to monitor social media and find evidence that may hurt your case, such as comments about your injuries or photos of physical activities after the accident.


What Causes Slip and Fall Accidents?

The following commonly cause accidents:

  • Poorly maintained, wet, or slippery floors
  • Debris on floors, walkways, or parking lots
  • Broken stairs
  • Poor lighting or insufficient security
  • Broken sidewalks
  • Snow, ice, or water on sidewalks
  • Poor construction
  • Defective materials
  • Building code violations

Common Slip and Fall Injuries

Slips and falls can cause temporary or long-term, life-changing, and expensive injuries:


Rights and Responsibilities of Slip and Fall Victims

Yellow Caution Slip and Fall SignsSlip and fall injuries range in severity. A sprained ankle may last a few days, but a spinal cord injury could cause permanent nerve damage, cognitive impairments, and paralysis. Serious injuries may also result in significant economic consequences for accident victims by preventing them from working, or requiring them to hire long-term care.

Regardless of whether you were a customer, tenant, or guest at a property, if you were injured in a slip and fall accident, Indiana law may entitle you to compensation. Indiana law protects your rights regardless of whether you were injured on government or municipal property, at a commercial property, or in a private home. When property owners were negligent in their duty of care, victims may recover the medical, economic, and other costs incurred by the accident.


Slip and Fall Damages

Damages depend on many factors, including the extent of injuries and the consequences for the victim. Victims may sustain medical, economic, or non-economic, personal injury damages, including:

  • Medical costs, including ambulance rides, hospitalizations, doctor visits, surgeries, radiology, and prescription medication
  • Lost wages
  • Lost future wages, or lost earning capacity
  • Physical therapy and future treatment
  • Rehabilitation and recovery costs, including assistive devices
  • Long-term care for permanent disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost enjoyment of life
  • Disfigurement
  • Emotional trauma
  • Stress
  • Lost consortium

Expert witnesses who review the economic condition of the victim before the accident, including prior tax returns and income information, can help determine economic damages, then project the consequences of the injuries for the victim’s future earnings. While immediate lost wages are a straightforward metric, calculating long-term damages in more serious cases can prove complex. Factors to consider include the age, education, and skills of the victim, and whether the accident has changed the victim’s ability to work in the same capacity, or at all.


Legal Help Is Available

If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, speak with a lawyer who is experienced and knowledgeable in this area of the law as soon as possible. Slip and fall accidents are often preventable, and you need a competent and diligent advocate to ensure the negligent property owner is accountable for the injuries they caused.

Because many variables influence every accident, slip and fall cases require individual review. If a slip and fall accident injured you, the Law Offices of William W. Hurst offers a free consultation to discuss your case. Call us at (317) 636-0808 or use our online form and contact us. If we accept your case, our firm will commit to serving you and getting you the best possible outcomes.

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FAQs
Our Fees

It cost $0 up front to hire our office. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay us if we settle your case or obtain a verdict on your behalf.

If we’re unable to obtain a settlement of verdict for you we eat the costs we’ve advanced to litigate your case, which includes costs for ordering medical records, filing your case, hiring experts, deposing witnesses, and many other things.

If we do settle your case or obtain a verdict for you our standard rate is 33% of the settlement or verdict, plus reimbursement for the expense we’ve previously advanced. Our fee never increases like some personal injury attorneys, even if we have to take your case to trial.

Our Fees

It cost $0 up front to hire our office. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay us if we settle your case or obtain a verdict on your behalf.

If we’re unable to obtain a settlement of verdict for you we eat the costs we’ve advanced to litigate your case, which includes costs for ordering medical records, filing your case, hiring experts, deposing witnesses, and many other things.

If we do settle your case or obtain a verdict for you our standard rate is 33% of the settlement or verdict, plus reimbursement for the expense we’ve previously advanced. Our fee never increases like some personal injury attorneys, even if we have to take your case to trial.

Case Worth

As a victim, establishing damages, negotiating with the insurance company, or filing a lawsuit can be daunting and next to impossible without the assistance of an experienced lawyer. As a result, if you have been hurt in an accident, it is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible to help you recover the compensation to which you are entitled under Indiana law.

Why Hire?

Choosing an attorney that has experience dealing with personal injury law is important to protect your legal rights. If you are trying to recover damages from a business or other type of organization, you can bet that they are going to have a legal team on their side.

Medical Bills

If you were injured by an accident you may be struggling to determine who is responsible for paying your medical bills and holding them accountable. Speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer at The Law Office of William W. Hurst and learn if we may be able to help.

Recovery

After you have been injured, you are entitled to compensation. The type and amount of compensation depends on the injury, bills, the cause of the injury, negligence/bad faith of the defendant, etc. The attorney you retain can also heavy influence your recovery through knowledge, experience, and dedication. Legal terms and phrases can be confusing even after you retain an attorney. If you have been injured, you may wonder how much your case is worth or what your “damages” are. The worse the injuries, the higher the value of the case and the greater need for an experienced attorney