The Messina Law Firm
Dallas Slip and Fall Lawyer
“Slip and Fall” Claims Require an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer.
Let our Dallas law firm fight your “slip and fall” personal injury case for you. Dallas personal injury lawyer Joey Messina and his associates have more than 35 years of experience handling personal injury and wrongful death cases related to “slip and fall” accidents.
Personal injury law is one of only two aspects of law that we handle at Messina Law Firm. The other is wrongful death suits. We have collected tens of millions of dollars for personal injury victims. We have handled thousands of personal injury cases, including “slip and fall” cases. A Messina personal injury lawyer will fight to recover the compensation you deserve if you have suffered a personal injury due to negligence. Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer today and we will evaluate your case absolutely free!
“Slip and Fall” Accident Defined
A slippery or improper floor surface can cause “slip and fall” accidents. Flooring such as slick tile and marble can cause slips and can be dangerous if not properly treated. Flooring that has been improperly sealed or waxed can cause the flooring to be slippery and cause an accident. Spilled liquids or foods can also cause a slippery surface leading to a “slip and fall”.
“Trip and Fall”
An object intruding into a walking area, such as a misplaced box or item in a store, or even a low object extending into the walking space can cause a “trip and fall” accident. “Trip and fall” accidents can also be caused by poor lighting in a walking area. Poor visibility in a walking area can cause missteps leading to falls. Improper handrails or a lack of handrails often leads to “trip and fall” accidents, not to mention being in violation of the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA). Unmarked or unexpected changes in elevation can cause a trip or stumble, resulting in an accident. Also, torn or insecure carpeting (carpeting that slips easily or is unattached), as well as wrinkled carpeting, is a common cause of “trip and fall” accidents.
Personal Injury from A “Slip and Fall” Accident?
A slip and fall accident, or any type of “fall down accident”, can be serious, even fatal. A “slip and fall” or “trip and fall” accident can cause serious personal injury, and unfortunately sometimes result in wrongful death. Personal injury lawyer Joey Messina at our Dallas, Texas law firm, has extensive experience handling personal injury cases resulting from “slip and fall” accidents.
Whether you live in Dallas, another city in Texas or anywhere in the United States, “slip and fall” accidents are serious and should be handled as such. Don’t be a victim of negligence. Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at our Dallas law firm to help fight your “slip and fall” case.
Slip and Fall Accidents Are Common Cause of Injury and Death
Slips, trips and falls are some of the most frequent causes of accidents, both on and off the job. Each year in the United States, more than 300,000 people suffer disabling injuries from falls. Slips and falls can be fatal as well, ranking second only to automobile accident deaths, causing nearly 12,000 deaths a year. “Slip and fall” accidents are serious and should be handled like any serious injury. Contact experienced personal injury lawyer Joey Messina to be sure your rights are protected.
Responsibility for “Slip and Fall” Accidents
It is the responsibility of a business or property owner to exercise reasonable care in the maintenance of their property, as well as to notify or warn visitors to the property of any hazards that exist and might cause a slip, trip or fall.
A business or property owner is liable for a “slip and fall” accident when they are negligent in failing to reasonably maintain their property or in properly warning visitors of latent dangers.”
Determining liability in a “slip and fall” accident can be tricky, involving many contributing factors. You should contact a personal injury lawyer with substantial experience in “slip and fall” accidents to determine the merits of your case. Our Dallas law firm will evaluate your case absolutely free. Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer today.
What To Do After A “Slip And Fall” Accident
If you have suffered a personal injury due to a “slip and fall” accident, you should:
- Seek medical attention for your injuries.
- Request the names of witnesses, including store employees. Be sure to get phone numbers and addresses.
- Take photographs of the scene, being sure to get good shots of the condition that caused the “slip and fall”.
- Do not give statements about the accident to ANYONE without consulting an experienced personal injury lawyer first, especially to their insurance company. They are not calling to help you, they are calling to defeat your claim.
- Do not sign any release or accept payment without consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney.
Most importantly, seek an experienced Dallas slip and fall lawyer as soon as possible. A lawyer experienced in personal injury “slip and fall” cases will be able to help you through this difficult time. Joey Messina at Messina Law Firm will handle your case at absolutely no cost to you unless we win your case. Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to protect your rights.
Avoiding “Slip and Fall” Accidents
- Watch where you walk:
Be aware of where you are walking. Look down continuously for spilled liquids, materials, equipment, changing surface levels, etc. Make sure the area is well-lit or use a flashlight if lighting is poor.
- Wear proper footwear:
Make sure your shoes are in good shape and correct for the job. Discard worn-out shoes with smooth soles and other defects. If conditions are wet and slippery, wear non-slip shoes or boots. Avoid footwear with leather soles which have poor floor traction—especially on smooth surfaces.
- Check floor openings:
Avoid unguarded floor openings. On construction sites, when covers are placed over floor openings, avoid walking on the cover unless it is absolutely secure and will not move or collapse. Never jump over pits or other openings.
- Be Careful on Stairs:
Do not run when going up or downstairs. Check to see that stair treads are in good shape, with no obstructions on the steps. Always use the hand railings that are provided. Avoid carrying large loads when going up or down stairs and ensure that stairs are well-lit
- Use Ladders Correctly:
Never use broken or defective ladders. Set the angle of the ladder at the proper four-to-one ratio (height to width angle). Make sure the ladder is on solid footing and will not move when you climb upon it. Whenever possible, tie your ladder to the structure to improve stability. Anchorage at the bottom is also a good idea. Never stand on the top two steps of a step ladder.
- Make sure scaffolding is safe:
When working on scaffolding, make sure it is secure, stable and properly set-up. Do not work on scaffolding if guard rails are missing or the base is unstable. Check to see that planks are in good shape and not cracked. Tall scaffolds should be tied into a structure to increase stability
Don’t Be a Personal Injury Victim
If you have suffered a “slip and fall” personal injury, it’s important to protect your rights. Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. The legal staff at our Dallas, Texas law firm can evaluate your case and personal injury legal questions at no cost to you. If we determine you have a personal injury claim, we will handle your case aggressively, and you pay absolutely nothing unless we win your personal injury case.