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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Slip & Fall Accidents


Falls are one of the leading causes of injury. If you are injured in a fall due to someone else’s carelessness, an experienced slip and fall attorney can guide you through the confusing process of recovering compensation for your injuries.

The slip and fall attorneys at Jinks, Crow & Dickson have more than 40 years of experience and have handled slip and fall cases all over the state of Alabama.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a slip and fall accident, take a look at these frequently asked questions regarding slip and fall accident claims.


1. What to do if you fall or are injured on someone else’s premises?

If you fall or are injured on someone else’s land or at a commercial, industrial, or retail establishment, take as many photos as you can so that you can document the cause of the fall. If you are being taken from the scene by paramedics, ask someone else to take pictures. Many slip and fall cases fail because there is no documentation of the condition of the premises when the injury occurred.


2. How long do you have to report a slip and fall?

Any accident or injury which occurs in a commercial, industrial, or retail establishment should be reported as soon as possible after the accident occurs, regardless of how bad you are hurt. There is not necessarily a deadline for such notifications but there is a deadline for filing suit for such accidents, depending on how, when and where it happened. One of our experienced slip and fall attorneys at Jinks, Crow & Dickson can help determine any applicable deadlines.


3. What is a slip and fall accident?

Accidents which occur as a result of a condition which exists on real property or any improvements thereon (such as parking lots, sidewalks, and buildings) are generally referred to as slip and fall accidents, even though they may not involve a slip or a fall. For example, they could cause a trip, a twisted or broken ankle, an automatic door which closes on someone, injuries caused by displays of merchandise, etc.


4. How much is a slip and fall accident worth?

The settlement value of a slip and fall accident depends on the extent of the injuries and the knowledge or participation in the cause of the condition which resulted in the injuries by those responsible for maintaining a safe environment for visitors.


5. Are slip and fall cases hard to win?

Slip and fall cases are not any harder to win than other cases taken to trial. The chances of winning a case are based on many factors, such as the facts, the parties, the credibility of the witnesses, the evidence, the venue, and the jury.


6. Can a slip and fall cause a bulging disc or a herniated disc?

Slip and falls can cause all sorts of injuries, such as slipped or bulging discs, broken bones, fractured hips, severe strains, internal injuries, head injuries, burns, nerve damage, and even death.


7. Can a slip and fall cause nerve damage?

Slip and falls can cause all sorts of injuries, such as slipped or bulging discs, broken bones, severe strains, internal injuries, head injuries, burns, nerve damage, and even death.


8. How to handle a slip and fall accident?

Slip and fall accidents should rarely be handled without representation. A skilled and experienced slip and fall attorney, such as those at Jinks, Crow and Dickson, can help you at every step along the way, from reporting the accident, to investigating its cause, to gathering evidence, to securing medical diagnosis and treatment, to negotiating a settlement, or trying the case if that is what it takes.


9. What to do after slip and fall accident?

Someone involved in a slip and fall accident should secure representation as soon as possible. A skilled and experienced slip and fall attorney, such as those at Jinks, Crow and Dickson, can help you at every step along the way, from reporting the accident, to investigating its cause, to gathering evidence, to securing medical diagnosis and treatment, to negotiating a settlement, or trying the case if that is what it takes.


10. How do slip and fall cases work?

Slip and fall cases require the determination of a number of factors, such as the cause of the injuries, the identification of the individuals and companies who contributed to the condition which caused the injuries, the extent of the injuries and the diagnosis and prognosis of any permanent injury. A skilled and experienced slip and fall attorney, such as those at Jinks, Crow and Dickson, can help you at every step along the way, from reporting the accident, to investigating its cause, to gathering evidence, to securing medical diagnosis and treatment, to negotiating a settlement, or trying the case if that is what it takes.


11. What happens in the case of a slip and fall with wet floor sign present?

Just because a wet floor sign is present doesn’t mean that someone may not be responsible for the injuries caused by a slip and fall in that area. A wet floor sign is not a “get out of jail free card” or a shield for liability. There are many factors which would create liability for a slip and fall accident even when a wet floor sign is in place, such as how long it had been there, where else such signs were located, how often they are in place when no such conditions exist, what caused the accident (maybe it wasn’t a slippery floor), etc. A skilled and experienced slip and fall attorney, such as those at Jinks, Crow and Dickson, can determine whether the facts of your case support a claim.


12. What happens in the case of a slip and fall with no wet floor sign present?

Just because a wet floor sign is not present doesn’t mean that someone is necessarily responsible for the injuries caused by a slip and fall in that area. There are many factors which would create liability for a slip and fall accident even when a wet floor sign is in place, such as how long it had been there, where else such signs were located, how often they are in place when no such conditions exist, what caused the accident (maybe it wasn’t a slippery floor), etc. A skilled and experienced slip and fall attorney, such as those at Jinks, Crow and Dickson, can determine whether the facts of your case support a claim.