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San Antonio Slip and Fall Attorney

Slip & Fall Accidents in Retail Spaces, Grocery Stores, & Restaurants

At the Law Offices of Ruben Ortiz, we believe in doing things differently from most law firms. Did you know that personal injury law firms may charge between 33 1/3% and 50% of your settlement in contingency fees after your case is won? Imagine that you won $100,000 for an injury claim, only to find that you actually only got $67,000 or, worse yet, $50,000. Can you still even afford to recover comfortably at that point? Maybe not!
At the Law Offices of Ruben Ortiz, our personal injury attorney thinks the client who was injured should be the one who benefits the most from a winning claim. In order to keep things fair and keep our clients happy, we collect a contingency fee amount of just 25% when a case settles without a lawsuit being filed. The same $100,000 win mentioned before would equal a full $75,000 for our client,  in other words, when you pay less attorney fees, you get to keep more money in your pocket.  No Upfront Fees: We Only Get Paid If You Do!

Understanding Common Hazards

Legally, slip and fall cases are under the umbrella of premises liability, which holds property owners and occupiers accountable for injuries that occur on their property due to unsafe conditions. This means that retail spaces, grocery stores, and restaurants have a duty to maintain safe environments for their customers and may be liable if negligence leads to an accident.

Identifying common hazards can help you understand how these accidents happen and what might have contributed to your fall:

  • Wet floors: Spills, leaks, and recently mopped floors are major culprits. Grocery stores and restaurants often have liquid products that can easily spill, while restaurants may have wet floors from food and drink spills.
  • Clutter and obstructions: Items left in aisles, poorly placed displays, and even cleaning equipment can create tripping hazards.
  • Uneven surfaces: Broken tiles, ripped carpets, and uneven flooring can cause trips and falls.
  • Poor lighting: Dimly lit areas can hide potential hazards, making it easier to miss obstacles or changes in floor elevation.

These accidents can happen inside and outside these establishments, including in parking lots, walkways, or entryways. It's crucial to remain vigilant in all areas of a property to ensure safety.

Injuries Associated with Slip, Trip, & Falls

Slip and fall accidents can result in serious injuries. These injuries often require extensive medical treatment and can impact an individual's quality of life. For example, a fall resulting in a compound leg fracture can inhibit someone from performing their regular job duties, causing them a significant loss of income. Furthermore, if an injury results in a permanent disability, it can impact your future financial stability.

Slip and fall accidents can lead to a variety of injuries, some of which may be severe, including:

  • Sprains and Strains: These are common and can affect various parts of the body, particularly the ankles and wrists.
  • Fractures: Broken bones, especially in the hips, arms, and legs, are frequent outcomes of serious falls.
  • Head Injuries: Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries can result from hitting your head during a fall.
  • Back and Spine Injuries: Slips and falls can lead to herniated discs, spinal cord injuries, and chronic back pain.

What to Do If Injured

If you find yourself injured from a slip and fall accident, taking the proper steps can make a significant difference in your recovery. It may also help you secure compensation for your injuries and associated damages.

In particular, those injured in a slip, trip, or fall accident in a retail, grocery, or restaurant environment are encouraged to seek legal counsel and learn their rights. Your attorney can help you understand whether you have grounds to file a personal injury claim against the property owners or managers and can even help you negotiate with insurance companies and healthcare providers.

Further steps you can take if you are injured in a slip and fall accident include:

  • Seek medical attention: Your health is the priority. Get a medical evaluation as soon as possible to document your injuries.
  • Report the incident: Notify the store manager or property owner about your fall. Ensure they create an incident report and get a copy for your records.
  • Collect evidence: Photos of the hazard, witness statements, and any other relevant information can be crucial. Document everything before it's cleaned up or removed.

If you've been injured in a slip and fall accident in a San Antonio grocery store, restaurant, or retail space, don't wait; contact us today to schedule a consultation. We're here to help you every step of the way.

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