A Slip-and-Fall Accident Lawyer Can Help Your Case
The dangers of slip-and-fall accidents are often underestimated. While it’s true that a fall can be a minor event, it can also lead to serious injury or even death. People over the age of 65 are especially at risk for fall injuries.
The personal injury attorneys with The Advocates have represented thousands of accident victims over the last 30 years. We have seen first-hand the difficulties that people face after slip-and-fall accidents. Our experienced injury attorneys can help you access medical care, build your case, and negotiate a settlement.
If you’ve been injured due to a property owner’s negligence in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, or elsewhere in Iowa, you need a skilled attorney for your premises liability claim. Contact the accident lawyers at The Advocates personal injury law firm today for a free consultation.
The Next Steps In Your Case
Immediately after your accident, check for injuries
Contact The Advocates as soon as possible to begin the road to recovery
Seek medical attention as soon as you can
Keep track of all treatment you receive
Once you've completed treatment, your case can move forward
Your Advocate will send a demand letter to the other party
Frequently Asked Questions
Consultations are always free. You will pay nothing to speak with an attorney to discuss your case.
Additionally, The Advocates work on a contingency basis. This means that there are zero upfront costs to hire an attorney. The eventual fee you will pay your attorney will be calculated as a percentage of your settlement. Our fee will come out of that settlement, not your pocket.
Not every accident requires an attorney. However, if the accident resulted in injuries or significant property damage, it is a good idea to contact a lawyer. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you navigate the claims process, which can be lengthy and complex.
Your attorney will build your case, keep track of your medical records, negotiate with insurance companies, and represent you in court if necessary. Studies have shown that accident victims who hire a personal injury lawyer can receive settlements up to 3.5 times larger than if they settled on their own.
The best way to know if you have a case is to speak with an attorney. The Advocates offer free consultations—you can speak with a qualified legal team to understand what your case is worth without paying a dime. Once you have decided to hire an Advocate, we will investigate your accident to firmly establish liability.
Every personal injury case is different. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to accident claims. The length of the claims process will depend on the severity of your injuries, the willingness of the other party to settle, the court’s caseload, and more.
In general, personal injury cases can take anywhere from several months to a few years. It’s important to contact an attorney as soon as possible to get your case started. Each state has a statute of limitations for personal injury cases, after which you will lose your right of action.
When you hire The Advocates, we will begin investigating your accident immediately while you finish medical treatment. Once all evidence and medical records have been compiled, your attorney will send a demand letter to the other party’s insurance company. At this point, negotiations will begin. In many cases, a settlement can be reached during negotiations.
If the other party refuses to make a fair offer, you may choose to file a suit. In the litigation phase, your attorney will represent you in court in front of a judge, jury, and/or arbitrator.
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A Team of Legal Professionals Assigned to Your Case
For nearly 30 years, The Advocates have helped thousands of personal injury victims receive the compensation and care they deserve after their accidents, and we are prepared to do the same for you.
We can help you:
- Understand the claims process
- Access medical care and other treatment such as physical therapy
- Investigate your accident
- Build your case
- Negotiate with insurance adjusters
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- No need to schedule an appointment
- No need to wait for an email response
- Free online consultation
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Iowa Slip-and-Fall Accident Statistics
Iowa slip, trip, and fall statistics
- Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death for Iowans aged 65 and older
- In 2021, falls caused 701 deaths in the state of Iowa
- Per capita, Iowa ranks 16th in the nation for fall-related deaths among adults 65 and older
- One out of five falls causes a serious injury
- Slips, trips, and falls accounted for seven workplace fatalities in Iowa in 2021
- The highest rates of fall accidents happen to people who are over 65 years old, people with disabilities, and people who live in rural areas
Common causes of slip-and-fall accidents:
A fall can happen just about anywhere, at any time. However, certain circumstances may increase the risk of slips, trips, and falls:
- Unmarked wet floors: When a spill happens in a public space, it should be cleaned up as quickly as possible to prevent slipping. Wet floor signs should be present until the spill is completely cleaned and dried.
- Snow and ice: Iowa is prone to icy and slippery conditions in the winter. Fall accidents are more likely to happen during these months.
- Uneven surfaces: Cracked floors, loose carpeting, and potholes in sidewalks can all lead to tripping accidents.
- Unsafe stairways: Many old buildings have steep, narrow staircases–some even lack handrails.
- Obstacles or hazards on walkway: People, especially those who are visually impaired or otherwise disabled, may trip and fall over objects left in walkways.
- Falls from work equipment: Many workers’ compensation claims are a result of slips and falls while working.
Common slip-and-fall injuries
Slip and fall injuries can range from mild to life-threatening. Some common injuries resulting from falls include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord, neck, and back injuries
- Broken bones, especially the hip and/or pelvis
- Sprains and strains, particularly to the wrists, hands, or ankles
- Bruises and soreness
Iowa Premises Liability Laws
Who is at fault for my slip-and-fall accident?
Proving liability in a slip-and-fall accident can be difficult and complex. Many factors must be proven by the injured party before a property owner may be considered negligent.
If you were injured in a slip-and-fall accident on someone else’s property, you will need to prove negligence by establishing the following:
- Duty of Care: The property owner was responsible for keeping the area safe for the plaintiff
- Breach of duty: The property owner failed to keep the area reasonably safe and hazardous conditions were present
- Causation: The dangerous conditions on the property caused your injury
- Damages: You suffered damages such as medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, or even funeral expenses for a loved one due to the property owner’s negligence
In general, property owners are not responsible for injuries sustained by trespassers, or for injuries that were not caused by dangerous conditions on their property.
If you aren’t sure whether you have a valid personal injury claim, contact a slip and fall accident lawyer with The Advocates for an initial consultation.
Are slips and falls covered by insurance?
Commercial properties often carry general liability insurance that should cover damages resulting from a slip-and-fall accident. The state of Iowa does not mandate this coverage (except for workers’ compensation), but many commercial leases require it.
If your injury happened at another person’s home, their homeowners’ insurance should cover a personal injury lawsuit. Regardless of where your accident occurred, your injuries will only be covered if you can prove negligence on the part of the property owner.
What is the statute of limitations for slips and falls?
For any personal injury case, the injured party only has a certain amount of time to file their claim. After that period is up, they lose their ability to collect damages. This time limit is known as the statute of limitations.
In Iowa, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is generally 2 years. However, it is a good idea to file your claim as soon as possible. Premises liability cases can take a long time to settle, so it’s important to act quickly.
If you think you have a case, contact a personal injury lawyer right away. The sooner your attorney can begin working on your case, the better your chances of receiving a settlement.
Why Should I Hire an Iowa Slip and Fall Attorney?
In many cases, insurance companies will do everything they can to avoid offering you fair compensation for your slip-and-fall claim. They may claim that you should have known about the hazardous conditions. They may try to deny that the property owner is at all liable for your injuries.
The Advocates injury attorneys have 30 years of experience negotiating with insurance providers. We will take on these multi-million dollar corporations for you, so you can rest easy knowing your case is in good hands.
At The Advocates, we understand that your injury case is as unique as you are. We will be by your side every step of the way to listen to your story, answer your questions, and provide you with sound legal advice. We’ll provide you with personalized care depending on your specific needs.
Contact us today for a free consultation. You deserve an attorney who sees you as a real person, not just another case number. You deserve an Advocate.
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