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"If somebody is injured [regardless of the extent of the injury], if they fell somewhere, generally speaking they need to get an attorney involved. Unfortunately, the law is very tricky when it comes to slip and fall cases."
Slip and fall injuries are alarmingly common. If you or someone you know has been injured in a slip and fall injury, it can be daunting to figure out what to do next.
Tyler Bailey is a slip and fall accident lawyer and founder of Bailey Law Firm, which is based in Columbia, South Carolina. He can assist with matters ranging from personal injury and workers' compensation to criminal defense, family law, and civil law.
To learn more, contact the attorney directly by calling 888-981-0034 or by submitting a contact form on this page. There is no charge for the consultation, and you never owe any out-of-pocket attorney fees.
Regardless of where your slip and fall injury occurs, the process for filing a claim is generally the same. There may be some minor details regarding how the case is handled depending on whether the injury occurred in a private residence or public property. Your attorney should be able to wade through those details without too much difficulty.
However, Bailey maintains that if you are injured at all in a slip and fall accident, you should contact an attorney. The law can be tricky to navigate regarding slip and fall injuries, and if you attempt to handle your case on your own you are more likely than not to fail.
It’s a good idea to wait to talk to a property/business owner until you have secured legal representation and that representation is present.
The most you should do over the phone regarding your case is obtain contact information for that property/business owner (i.e. mailing address, email address, phone numbers, first and last name of who you are speaking with). Your lawyer will then take the information you gathered and use it while working your case. The key thing to remember is not to sign or agree to anything without speaking to your attorney.
If you can obtain an incident report from the place where your accident occurred, this can be extremely helpful to provide your attorney with as well. One of the first things your attorney will do is ask the property/business where your injury occurred to preserve any evidence (i.e. surveillance video, photos) from the date in question. Although it can be hard for an individual to prove that the slip and fall injury occurred as a result of the property/business owner’s negligence rather than personal error, a good attorney will know what information to ask for to build a case proving the property’s/business’s involvement. Property owners should know/have known about defects on their property in order to adequately warn the people coming through their property. If the property owner does not do so, they are liable for injuries caused by a person slipping and falling on their property and the ensuing damages.
In fact, you will not be required to pay any fees unless your attorney wins your case. This is referred to as “working on contingency”. Ideally, bring as much information as you can to your attorney up front to help expedite the process. Contact your attorney as soon as possible after the injury occurs.
To learn more, contact Tyler Bailey directly by calling 888-981-0034 or by submitting a contact form on this page. There is no charge for the consultation, and you never owe any out-of-pocket attorney fees.
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