Were You Hurt in a Tulsa Slip and Fall Accident?
Our attorneys handle the most complex injury claims
If you suffered an injury after slipping, tripping or falling on someone else's property or on another business's property in Tulsa, knowing what to do afterwards can be can confusing. Proving negligence can often be difficult, especially if the property owner denies any wrongdoing on their part.
The Tulsa slip and fall accident attorneys at Lawter & Associates, PLLC have over 40 years of experience handling slip and fall accidents. No matter how complex your claim may be, we have the legal knowledge to answer your questions and compile important details to help you build a strong claim. Contact us today so we can further discuss your options with you.
Building a claim after a slip and fall accident
There are several factors that can lead to slip and fall accidents in Tulsa, and they're almost always the result of negligence. They often happen due to:
- Debris and objects left in the walking path
- Liquids or materials that cause slippery conditions
- Lack of adequate lighting
- Structural defects such as broken stairs and railings
- Uneven walking surfaces
- Icy conditions (property owners can be held liable if they had enough time to remove ice)
In order to have a legitimate slip and fall injury claim, you must prove one of three things:
- Hazardous conditions were caused by the property owner, business owner or employee.
- Property owner, business owner or employee knew about the hazardous conditions but did not taken any action to fix them.
Hazardous conditions were apparent and the property owner, business owner or employee should have known about them.
Common injuries sustained in slip and fall accidents
Injuries sustained after a slip and fall accident in Tulsa can be severe - sometimes requiring months, or possibly years, of recovery and physical therapy. Some injuries may be minor enough to "walk off." But when left untreated, many injuries can cause further complications.
Common slip and fall injuries include:
- Spinal injuries
- Injuries to soft tissue and ligaments
- Bone fractures
- Head injuries
- Cuts, bruises and contusions
- Death (in rare cases)
No matter how minor your injury may seem, you should always seek medical attention. In far too many cases, slip and fall victims fail to seek medical attention because they seem fine. But if your injury gets worse over time and you wait to file a claim, your chances of obtaining compensation could be reduced and you may end up having to pay for your accident-related expenses out of your own pocket.
What to do after a slip and fall
The course of action you take after a slip and fall can greatly impact your claim. First and foremost, in a premises liability claim, evidence is key. You should always document the following:
- The business name, address and location
- Time of the accident and the conditions that caused it
- Notify manager/owner and make incident report if available
- Debris or hazards that the property or business owner should have been aware of before your accident.
Your next course of action should be to obtain visual evidence. Take pictures of the accident scene. Also make sure to speak to witnesses and get their full names and addresses.
When pursuing a premises liability claim, you should never attempt to deal with insurance companies without the assistance of an experienced attorney. Insurance companies and property owners often go to great lengths to deny negligence caused your slip and fall accident. The insurance company may even claim that you were partially responsible for your injuries.
Let the attorneys at Lawter & Associates handle your claim. We know the tricks insurance companies often use to downplay or deny your claim. We know how to investigate your slip and fall accident and gather crucial evidence to hold negligent parties accountable.
We work on a contingency fee basis. That means you don't owe us any money unless we win your case. Contact us today for a free, confidential case evaluation, or simply call our Tulsa office at 866-584-1028.
Lawter & Associates, PLLC
6450 S Lewis Avenue #100
Tulsa, OK 74136
Phone: (918) 496-9577