Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer St. Louis
St. Louis’ top slip and fall accident lawyers at Dixon represent workers comp cases.
People often mock “slip and fall” accidents, which is a term used to refer to a person sustaining an injury in a fall on a flat surface at some sort of business facility. Though not every alleged incident is worthy of compensation, many slip and falls cause serious injury and are directly the result of a business negligently inviting customers into their facility without keeping that facility safe. Damages caused by such accidents should be paid for by the negligent company.
St. Louis, MO Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers
When you start a slip and fall case in St. Louis, it’s important to secure legal counsel with experience. Our workers comp and liability lawyers ensure clients have the resources they need to win a settlement. Here are a few questions to ask St. Louis slip and fall accident lawyers:
How much does legal counsel cost me? This depends on the slip and fall claim and various factors. Dixon utilizes a contingency plan, meaning our services are free.
How much would I win? Again, this also depends on the trial. Our St. Louis slip and fall accident lawyers fight to provide clients medical expenses, personal hardship, and other damages.
What’s next? The next step is to contact us for more info and consultation from our slip and fall accident lawyers.
Slip And Fall Accidents Can be Devastating
Just consider a few actual cases that have been in the news recently. In Hersheypark, New Jersey, a woman hopped on a wave runner that was on display for that purpose. She had her picture snapped, and then when she went to dismount her foot slipped because unbeknownst to her the wave runner’s sideboards were filled with water. It may sound like a minor thing, but she says the fall shattered her ankle and required expensive surgery costing $75,000. She sued the resort for failing to keep the display safe and dry.
In Santa Monica, California, a woman was recently paid $48,000 to pay for damages she suffered from falling on an uneven sidewalk. The city knew the sidewalk was unsafe, as it had earmarked the area for repairs, but then it failed to take any action until this woman fell and dislocated her shoulder, which required surgery to fix.
In Staten Island, New York, a medical worker slipped and fell on ice in a parking lot and the owner of the building eventually paid her $200,000. She said the property owner failed to clear the snow in a reasonable amount of time after a snowstorm, and that led to her falling and fracturing her ankle, which would require surgery.
In Missouri, our very conservative state government has pushed a number of “tort reform” bills trying to limit what injured people can recover from the people responsible for their injuries. These new laws create additional hoops for injured people to jump through, all with the goal of making things easier for insurance companies.
An Ounce of Prevention
Insurance companies like Nationwide know the risks of slip and fall accidents, and they offer plenty of common-sense tips to prevent such occurrences. They point to culprits like wet or greasy floors, clutter and debris, uneven surfaces, and failure to warn of hazards. Companies with facilities that are open to the public should have janitorial programs in place that regularly clean up slippery surfaces and remove debris. This can be as simple as having an employee sign a logbook every hour saying that they cleaned up the customer area. Companies should also make sure their customers have an easy way to call for a cleanup if they see a spill.
Beyond daily cleaning, companies should also regularly evaluate their facilities for hazards that need to be repaired. This can include items like loose mats, torn carpeting, bad lighting, exposed wires, or uneven floors. Hazards should be flagged immediately and fixed as soon as possible. Outdoor areas are also a big risk. Parking lot potholes should be fixed and a strong snow-removal program should be in place where necessary, for example.
More About Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers in St. Louis
Christopher R. Dixon and the St. Louis Dixon Injury Firm specialize in slip and fall accident claims and additional personal and workplace accidents. Recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Association as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer, Chris understands how difficult these cases are for victims. To help alleviate financial stress, Dixon Injury Firm make it easier by offering a contingency payment plan. This allows clients to pay fees only if the case is won. Our legal counsel is free until then.
Let St. Louis Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers at Dixon Law Fight the Big Insurance Companies
Insurance companies are built to limit the amount they pay out, so they are rarely going to offer an injured person top dollar without a fight. Instead, they will usually try to downplay the severity of an injury or else shirk responsibility completely. The Dixon Injury Firm has seen this all before, and we will not rest until we have exhausted every avenue to meet our clients’ needs. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, call us today for a free consultation at (314) 409-7060.