Madison Slip and Fall Injury Attorneys
Top Premises Liability Lawyers in Wisconsin
Slip and fall injuries are common in and around Madison during the long, cold winters. Sidewalks and walkways are often covered with patches of snow and ice, causing even the most sure-footed to slip and fall. In some cases, the fault may be entirely on the person who fell, but the majority of slips and falls are caused by business owners failing to meet simple property maintenance standards, leaving wet and icy conditions to injure pedestrians.
If you or someone you care about have been injured as a result of a property owner’s negligence, our Madison personal injury lawyers will guide you through all the complicated details. You’ll have plenty of questions: “Should I give a recorded statement?” “Someone from the business called…should I call them back? And what should I say?” Warshafsky Law will help you navigate through all these issues. More importantly, we’ll fight to win financial restitution for the injuries, medical bills and lost wages you’ve suffered as a result of the accident.
INJURED? It IS About The Money.®
Slip and Fall Injuries
Injuries from a slip-and-fall accident can range from a bruised ego to a bruised tailbone to a life-altering head injury. Whether you slipped on a wet or icy surface or tripped on uneven stairs, your injuries could include:
- Head injury
- Back injury
- Neck injury
- Hip injury
- Knee injury
- Broken foot or ankle
- Broken wrist
- Bulging or herniated disc
A simple fall can cause more damage than you’d expect. Along with your pain and soreness, you may be forced to miss work, school, or family events as you recover. Don’t let someone else’s negligence keep you from supporting your family and enjoying your life. Our slip and fall lawyers will get you the money you need and deserve.
What to Do after a Slip and Fall Accident
An unexpected slip and fall can happen anywhere: on the job, in or outside a store or restaurant, at school, or in a hotel bathroom. In order to successfully sue for a slip and fall, our personal injury attorneys must be able to prove the business owner or property owner was negligent, and that negligence caused you to be injured. What happens after your accident could make all the difference in a lawsuit, so be sure to follow these steps.
Get Medical Attention
Even if you don’t think you are badly injured, seek medical attention to make sure. Having your injuries documented provides a reliable record to use as evidence later.
Report the Accident
Inform the manager, owner, or landlord of the unsafe conditions. Ask them to make a report of the incident and give you a copy for your own reference and records.
Photograph the exact location of your slip and fall, carefully documenting everything that could have contributed to the fall. Also make note of the date and time of the accident.
Make sure to get the names, phone numbers, and addresses of any witnesses, as well as of the property owner or manager.
Set aside the clothes and shoes you were wearing at the time of the slip and fall in case they can be used as evidence later.
Madison Slip and Fall Lawyers
Finally, contact our personal injury attorneys for a free consultation. We’ll examine the evidence you’ve so carefully gathered as well as perform our own investigation. We begin preparing your case for trial from day one to make sure you get the greatest amount of money possible for your injury.
Slip and Fall Hazards
Some important questions to consider after a fall on a slippery floor include:
- Was the floor more slippery than it should have been?
- Why was it so slippery?
- If a substance on the floor made it slippery, how long had the substance been there?
- Was there a sign warning about the slippery floor?
- Could you tell the floor was slippery before you fell?
- Did the owner know (or should they have known) the floor was so slippery?
After you slip and fall, and before you leave the property, make sure you know what made the floor slippery:
- Ice or snow
- Grease or oil
- Spilled food or drink
- Floor polish or wax
Whatever substance made the floor unreasonably slippery, find out how long it had been in that condition. The longer it was there, the easier it will be to prove the owner should have known about and fixed the problem.
Finally, see if there was any kind of warning or sign about the condition of the floor. Having no warning sign is evidence of negligence. However, even if there was a sign, the defendant may still be liable.
Types of Slip and Fall Accidents
There are many different ways and places you can slip and fall. While many falls are caused by wet floors, anyone can fall at any time and any place. Warshafsky Law knows how difficult it can be to determine who is liable for damages when you are injured in a public place or store and are ready to offer a free consultation to help you settle your injury case.
Determining whether a business or property owner was negligent is our specialty. Warshafsky personal injury lawyers are experienced at finding who is responsible and liable for damages in your claim.Common locations for slips and falls include:
- At work or on the job
- At a rental property
- On stairs or an escalator
- On a sidewalk
- In a grocery store
- In a restaurant
- On ice
- With wet floor signs and without wet floor signs
- In a hospital or nursing home
- In a parking lot
Depending on how you fall and where you slip, there are many different places you might be hurt. Common fall injuries include:
Women who are pregnant may experience additional injuries should they slip and fall. Our team of legal experts knows even minor injuries can cause you to miss work and lose paychecks. Let us help you get the settlement you deserve from insurance companies, whether it is to cover your medical bills or lost wages.
Warshafsky Law Stops at Nothing Short of Maximum Compensation for Your Injuries
Warshafsky Law has handled hundreds of slip, fall and trip injury cases over the last 60+ years and we have a reputation for securing unprecedented sums for our clients. When the negligence of others causes you pain, costs you money and throws a wrench into your whole life, our personal injury attorneys will hold them accountable.
The key to our success in securing large sums of money for our clients is our willingness to take every case to trial. While many personal injury law firms operate as “settlement mills,” preferring to settle cases with insurance companies as quickly as possible, Warshafsky Law has a reputation for fighting and winning big in court. Our perseverance has resulted in hundreds of record-setting, society-changing judgments.
Insurance companies value your claim on the quality of your lawyer and the likelihood of your case going before a jury. Faced with the prospect of going up against Warshafsky in court, insurance companies usually come to the negotiating table in a far more generous mood than they would with a lesser law firm. Whether in court or in negotiation, no law firm will work harder to protect your interests than Warshafsky Law.
You’ve Received A Settlement Offer From An Insurance Company. What Now?
First, STOP! While you may be very tempted to accept the offer, especially with medical bills piling up, be aware that an offer of settlement made directly to you rarely ever comes anywhere close to what you could get with an experienced personal injury attorney representing you.
Insurance companies always try to get off paying the least amount possible and they will use all kinds of tricks—such as sending you a very tempting check. Don’t sell yourself short by cashing it. Only by pursuing a claim for your injuries will you be taken seriously by an insurance company. Yes, it will take longer to receive any compensation, but the amount will be so much as higher as to make it well worth the wait. Also, there is no cost to you for representation by Warshafsky Law. We only expect payment after an award or a settlement in your case has been reached.
Before you do anything, at least take advantage of our free initial consultation. One of our attorneys will meet with you to learn the details of your accident. We’ll give you an honest appraisal of your case and explain how the legal process would play out. You can decide from there how you want to proceed.
INJURED? It IS About The Money.®