Portland Slip & Fall Attorney
Slip and fall accidents are consistently ranked among the most common causes of accidental injury in the United States and the National Safety Council (NSC) indicates that this type of accident is responsible for approximately 8.9 million emergency department visits each year. Slip and falls can happen anywhere, including sidewalks, office buildings, restaurants, shopping malls, and even in private homes. In some cases, they are simply the result of a person’s own clumsiness or carelessness. In other situations, however, slips, trips, and falls are caused by another person’s negligence–generally the owner of the property on which the fall occurred. If negligence led to your injuries, you have the right to compensation for your losses by the responsible party and should discuss your case with an experienced Oregon slip and fall attorney as soon as possible.
What Causes Slip And Fall Accidents?
There are many kinds of negligence that can potentially result in a slip and fall accident, most of which result in dangerous hazards or conditions on a property or in a business. Some of the more common hazards that can cause slip and fall accidents include the following:
Whether these and other hazards that can cause a person to slip and fall were the result of a property owner’s negligence is often a complicated legal question, so anyone who has been hurt in this type of accident should be certain to have their case evaluated by an experienced lawyer.
Common Injuries Sustained In Slip And Fall Accidents
The vast majority of slip and fall accidents likely go unreported and result in little more than momentary discomfort or embarrassment. That being said, these kinds of accidents are capable of causing serious injuries, especially when the fall occurs with particularly great force or the victim is already vulnerable to physical injury. Some of the more serious injuries that can occur in a Portland slip and fall accident include the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs);
- Spinal cord injuries (SCIs);
- Broken bones;
- Serious soft tissue injuries.
In the event of serious injury, victims may require extensive medical treatment including surgery and even a period of hospitalization. Consequently, many slip and fall victims incur substantial medical expenses and are unable to work for an extended period of time while they recover. Fortunately, victims have the right to seek compensation for both their financial losses as well as their intangible losses such as pain and suffering.
Do I Need An Attorney After A Slip And Fall Accident?
Many people who are seriously hurt in slip and fall accidents wonder whether they need to take the time and spend the money to hire a lawyer to help them seek compensation. After all, if the fall was properly reported, a victim will often receive an offer for a settlement by the property owner’s insurance company within days of an accident even without hiring an attorney. Accepting the first offer made without talking to an attorney is generally not a wise idea, however, as insurance companies often lowball unrepresented victims hoping that they simply accept the offer and give up their right to sue. Assessing the value of a slip and fall claim is a complicated process and too often victims do not realize the true value of their case and may be tempted to accept an inadequate offer. The assistance of a qualified attorney will ensure that a slip and fall victim obtains the full and fair value of their claim.
If you are concerned about being able to afford an attorney, you should understand that you have nothing to lose by discussing your case with a lawyer. The Johnston Law Firm takes personal injury cases on a contingent fee basis, meaning that we will not charge you any legal fees unless we successfully recover on your behalf. As a result, there are no up-front costs associated with retaining an attorney.
Call Today to Schedule a Free Consultation with a Qualified Portland Slip and Fall Attorney
If you are one of the thousands of individuals who are injured in slip and fall accidents in and around Portland, Oregon, you should contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. Attorney Marc A. Johnston is a skilled Portland personal injury lawyer who is dedicated to helping his clients obtain compensation for their losses. Do not hesitate to contact the Johnston Law Firm today at 503-919-7889 to schedule a free consultation.