A slip and fall accident can cause life-changing, catastrophic injuries in a matter of moments. Sadly, there are many cases where accidental falls prove fatal for their victims. In addition to suffering through tremendous pain, the victims or their survivors are also likely to incur costly medical expenses, which can add a layer of financial hardship to the physical and emotional devastation of a fall-related death or injury. However, it may be possible to get compensated and obtain justice by filing a claim or lawsuit for personal injury or wrongful death. With more than three decades of combined experience, the Charlotte slip and fall injury attorneys of Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A. are here to help.
At Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A., we are committed to giving injury victims a voice in court. We pride ourselves on providing aggressive, results-driven legal representation, which is clear in our track record of obtaining awards and settlements. If you are ready to take action, we are ready to counsel you on your options. For a free consultation, contact us online, or call our law offices at (704) 377-3737. We handle slip and fall claims against businesses, property owners, and government entities throughout the Charlotte, North Carolina region.
Slip and Fall Injury Claims We Handle
Slip and fall accidents are common, in large part because they can occur in virtually any setting. At Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A., our slip and fall attorneys handle claims arising from accidental falls on all types of public and private property, including but not limited to the following:
- Apartment complexes
- Bars and restaurants
- Bus and train stations
- Car dealerships
- City sidewalks and walkways
- Coffeeshops and cafes
- Construction sites
- Convenience stores, drugstores, and pharmacies
- Fast food franchises
- Government/public property
- Grocery stores
- Gyms, spas, and pools
- Hotels and motels
- Movie theatres
- Music and concert venues
- Nursing homes, hospitals, and clinics
- Office buildings
- Parking garages and parking lots
- Private property
- Retail outlets and shopping malls
Depending on factors like the angle, distance, and speed of a fall, the victim can sustain a wide array of serious, disabling injuries and complications. Some examples of injuries that can be caused by falls include:
- Back injuries and spinal cord injuries (SCI)
- Broken bones
- Cuts and lacerations
- Facial injuries
- Foot and ankle injuries
- Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Internal bleeding
- Neck and shoulder injuries
- Paralysis (paraplegia, quadriplegia/tetraplegia)
- Pelvic fractures (broken hips)
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement
- Severe bruising and contusions
- Sprain injuries (soft tissue injuries)
- Wrist fractures (broken wrists)
- Wrongful death
Can You Sue if You Fall in a Store or Business?
You may be able to file a slip and fall lawsuit against a grocery store, shopping mall, restaurant, or other location where you fell and were injured. It is also possible to sue government entities for slip and fall accidents on public property, though stricter rules and tighter deadlines apply in such cases.
Your ability to sue is determined less by where you fell, and more by why you fell. To have a viable injury case, you will need to show that your fall was caused by another person’s negligence: careless behavior that creates dangerous conditions and leads to a preventable, harmful accident.
While there are many ways that a person can be negligent, most slip and fall cases involve failures to maintain reasonably safe property conditions. Some common examples of fall hazards or trip hazards that can arise from negligent property maintenance include:
- Broken handrails and banisters
- Cracks or gaps in the floor or on stairways
- Dim lighting and poor visibility
- Leaks and spills, which can create puddles or slippery patches
- Tiles, floorboards, or other flooring materials that are broken, uneven, or rotted
- Wires, carpeting, cords, or cables that have not been properly secured
How Much Can You Get from a Slip and Fall Settlement?
The answer to this question depends on the specifics of your case. Therefore, it is impossible to provide an estimate without first discussing your accident. However, speaking generally, slip and fall accident victims may recover compensation for a variety of monetary and non-monetary losses.
Compensation in a personal injury case is called “damages.” For example, compensation for out-of-pocket expenses is referred to as “economic damages” or “special damages.” Damages that may be available in a slip and fall claim or lawsuit include the following:
- Diminished earning capacity
- Funeral and burial costs, in cases involving wrongful death
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Lost income, wages, or other earnings
- Medical bills (current and future)
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
Charlotte, NC Slip and Fall Accident Attorneys Fighting for Compensation
You and your family may be feeling lost and overwhelmed right now. You likely wish to take action against the person or business that harmed you, but are unsure about where to begin, what your legal rights are, or what sort of rules and laws impact your case. We understand completely, which is why our Charlotte slip and fall lawyers will be there to guide, educate, protect, and fight for you. We will manage every detail of your claim while keeping you informed, maintaining clear communication, and helping you efficiently explore the options that are available to you.
At Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A., our goal is to maximize your financial recovery while delivering the justice and closure you need to move forward. If you or a family member was recently hurt in a fall on someone else’s property in Charlotte, our slip and fall injury lawyers are here to help you understand the next steps. For a free legal consultation, contact Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A. online, or call (704) 377-3737
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