Charlotte, NC Slip and Fall Injury Attorneys
Holding property owners responsible when you’re injured in Mecklenburg County
Slip and fall claims here in North Carolina are a type of personal injury claim based on injuries sustained by someone from slipping, tripping, and falling. A property owner may be liable to someone injured in a slip and fall when they are negligent in upkeeping or repairing their premises.
Slip-and-falls are also one of the most common types of premises liability cases. However, make no mistake – even though they’re common, they can cause life-altering injuries. If you suffered injury as a result of a slip, trip, or fall, the Charlotte attorneys at Price, Petho & Associates help. We’ve been helping people just like you secure compensation for their injuries since 1979, and our knowledge and experience is unmatched. We offer free consultations, so feel free to contact us at your convenience.
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What are common slip and fall injuries?
Many slip and fall accident injuries are relatively minor and result in no long-lasting consequences for the victim. However, even minor injuries can result in major medical bills and periods of lost income. When a slip and fall injury is severe, victims can spend months or even years recovering from their injuries, and some may experience permanent disability. At Price, Petho & Associates, we help clients and their loved ones who have suffered injuries including:
- Severe sprains and strains
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Lacerations or puncture wounds
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head, neck, and shoulder injuries
- Open head wounds
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal damage or bleeding
- Wrongful death
If you do have a slip and fall, it’s important to take the right steps afterward to protect yourself.
What should I do if I have a Charlotte slip and fall accident?
After an injury, your first priority should always be getting the medical care you need. If you are able, however, take the following actions to preserve evidence and protect your right to any legal claim:
- Report the accident. This can include the police, the property owner, or the store or building manager. Ensure you receive copies of all these reports. Our attorneys can also get these for you.
- Take pictures of the scene. You can use your phone to take photos of the dangerous conditions that caused you to slip and fall, including the injuries you sustained.
- Talk to witnesses. Get the contact information of anyone who saw you fall or was witness to the hazard on the property – including name and telephone number.
- Save all documentation. Keep all copies of your medical records, accident reports, and receipts for any expenses related to your injury and accident. This should also include all correspondence with your insurance company regarding your claim.
- Don’t talk about it. Many injury cases are lost due to careless posting on social media or inadvertent statements to insurance companies. Once you file a claim, insurance adjusters and defense attorneys are watching and listening, so don’t give them anything to work
- Follow your doctor’s orders. Keep up with your doctor’s appointments, medications, and follow-ups to ensure your recovery is as smooth as possible, and that the insurance company sees you are following medical instructions.
While you take the time you need to heal from your accident, the attorneys at Price, Petho & Associates work to determine who is liable for your injuries.
How do you establish fault in a slip and fall case?
For a successful slip and fall claim, you must prove negligence on the part of a property owner. Here in North Carolina, if the owner (or defendant) can prove that a victim was at fault for their injury in any way, they could be freed from having to pay damages.
Our Charlotte attorneys prove negligence by:
- Demonstrating that the property owner created a dangerous condition which caused the slip and fall. This is known as “active negligence.” An example of this is if a restaurant employee mops the floor but fails to place “wet floor” warning signs in the area.
- Demonstrating that, while the dangerous condition was created by someone else, the owner knew, or should have known, about the hazard yet failed to correct it. This is known as “passive negligence.” An example of this would be if a customer spills liquid on the floor of that same restaurant, notifies the manager, but they take no reasonable steps to clean it up.
About contributory negligence
As one of only a few states in the country to still follow the doctrine of contributory negligence, North Carolina law makes it possible for business owners to avoid paying for damages if they can demonstrate that the injured person was in any way at fault for their own accident. An insurance company’s attorneys may attempt to point the blame at the victim in a slip and fall case, which is why you need strategic and experienced legal representation.
Gathering evidence like witness statements, accident reports, photographs, and video footage is essential. Given the prevalence of security cameras, many of these types of incidents are caught on video; however, preserving that evidence requires notifying the property owner of the incident and requesting the footage. By hiring the attorneys at Price, Petho & Associates early in your case, we can help build the strongest possible strategy to help secure compensation for damages.
How long do I have to file a Charlotte slip and fall injury claim?
Here in North Carolina, the personal injury statute of limitations is three years from the date an injury occurs. Failure to file a claim within this three-year period could result in losing your chance to recover compensation for your losses. It’s beneficial to contact our offices as soon as possible after an accident to ensure we can get started on your case immediately.
What is the value of my Charlotte slip and fall injury?
After a slip and fall accident that wasn’t your fault, you are typically eligible for financial compensation. The personal injury attorneys at Price, Petho & Associates have had tremendous success in securing the following types of compensation for our clients:
- Full coverage of medical bills caused by your injury
- Lost income if you can’t work, or if you’re disabled by your injury
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Out-of-pocket expenses related to your accident and injury
The total amount of compensation available varies depending on your unique and personal circumstances. Our lawyers work with medical and financial experts to properly determine your total losses as we strive to negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf.
Is there a slip and fall injury attorney near me?
The main office of Price, Petho & Associates is located at 1430 Elizabeth Ave. in Charlotte, NC. We also maintain offices in Richmond County and Rutherford County, allowing the firm to serve clients across the state. If you are too injured to come to us, we can make home and hospital visits.
Dedicated Charlotte slip and fall injury attorneys
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in a slip and fall accident caused by the actions of another person or entity, contact Price, Petho & Associates for assistance with your case today. We pledge to conduct a full investigation into your claim so we can secure the compensation to which you are entitled. Call 704-372-2160 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation. We serve clients throughout Charlotte, Rockingham, Rutherfordton, North Carolina and South Carolina.