Home Slip and Fall

Slip and fall accidents are the second leading cause of accidental death and disability after auto accidents in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Talk to an Indianapolis Slip and Fall Attorney

Slip and fall accidents account for 20,000+ fatalities per year in North America at a rate of 55 people daily. Significantly more slip and falls result in serious injuries.

In fact, each year in North America there are over 540,000 slip and fall injuries requiring hospital care. Frequently it is a dangerous condition on someone else’s property that is the cause of these injuries or deaths.

A dangerous condition on another person’s property that causes the injury or death of a victim may entitle the victim to compensation for his or her injury.

If you or a loved one has been severely injured while falling on someone else’s property, call the Indianapolis slip and fall lawyer, Jill Bracken-Emerson.

What Type of Injuries Are Caused during a Fall?

Many falls result in severe injuries and broken bones. When someone falls forward, they automatically attempt to brace themselves with their hands, causing severe fractures to their arms, wrists, or fingers. When someone slips and falls backward, they often hit their head, causing loss of consciousness, concussion, head injury, and sometimes a brain injury. Sometimes when someone slips and falls, they break their leg or ankle. Falls can be quite debilitating.

Why Do Slip and Fall Accidents Occur in Indiana?

Over 70% of slip and falls accidents take place due to dangerous conditions and hazards in our surroundings.

Dangerous conditions that lead to slip and fall accidents commonly result from poor design and/or improper maintenance.

Other hazards are generated by the existence of slippery surfaces and substances, such as areas where food has spilled or water has leaked. Hazards also occur when snow or ice accumulate, and the landowner fails to remedy the condition in a timely fashion.

Where Do Slip and Fall Accidents Occur in Indiana?

Slip and fall accidents can occur nearly everywhere – a sidewalk, a supermarket, a shopping mall, a school, an office, or a sidewalk. Your slip and fall may be caused, for example, by wet or uneven flooring, or else it may be due to inadequate lighting that kept you from seeing a danger.

What Should You Do If You Slip and Fall?

If you slip and fall, be sure to alert someone in management at the store, restaurant, or other place of business. You need to be sure that the store has a record of your fall and injury.

Be sure to take photographs and video of the scene. Show the wet conditions, the ice on the sidewalk, or the spilled food or water. If there are no danger signs in the area, take a video of the scene to show the lack of warning signs. Photographs are invaluable in helping to receive compensation for your injuries. If there are any witnesses, try to get their name and phone number.

Be sure to keep the shoes that you were wearing when you fell. Insurance companies for stores with hazardous conditions like to blame the victim for falling. Insurance companies argue that the injured person’s shoes were slippery, ill-fitting, or lacked adequate tread causing the fall. Keeping your shoes can help eliminate this defense.

Seek medical care. After you leave the area where you fell, your next stop should be the doctor’s office, urgent care center, or ER, if your injuries are severe. You need to take care of your injury and get appropriate treatment. Even if you don’t believe that you are injured, go see your doctor and let him or her know what happened. You may an have injury that just hasn’t started hurting yet. Often, soft-tissue injuries like sprains, strains, or back spasms don’t start hurting until a few days after the injury. That is normal. Go see your doctor.

Long-lasting and severe injuries can result from the impact of a slip and fall in Indianapolis, Indiana. If you suffer a severe fall injury, like a broken leg, fractured ribs, concussion, or brain injury, you should seek immediate medical attention and legal assistance. If you or a loved one has been injured, contact Indianapolis personal injury lawyer, Jill Bracken-Emerson.

We’re Here to Help You!

We are available by phone 24/7 to discuss your case, and we make it a priority to answer all of your questions as soon as possible.

(317) 969-8000

What Our Clients Say

Very professional and knowledgeable, and fighter when needed.”
- Tyler Height, Emerson Law Client
Google Review
JR is a problem solver, he works well with people and is very comfortable in court. My ex and I are decent friends and JR made this a very easy thing for us. I hope you the same! Glad I chose JR, couldn't have imagined this going any smoother than this!”
- Amanda, Emerson Law Client
Google Review