A Slip and Fall Accident Attorney Can Help Your Recover
Slip and fall accidents may seem like minor events, but they can lead to serious injuries and even fatalities. They are particularly dangerous to those older than 65. Wet floors, uneven paths, and poorly-lit walkways can all create hazards that lead to accidents.
The Advocates’ personal injury attorneys have been representing slip and fall victims for nearly three decades, and we are ready to help you too. We understand the difficulties you are facing in the wake of your injury and are committed to getting you on the road to recovery.
If you’ve been injured due to a property owner’s negligence and need a competent, caring attorney for your premises liability claim, contact The Advocates 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 any and all treatment you receive during recovery
Once you've completed treatment, your case can move forward
Your Advocate will send a demand letter to the other party
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
Your initial consultation with us is always 100% free. There are never any upfront costs or hidden fees when you hire The Advocates.
Our attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means that our attorney fees are calculated as a percentage of your settlement. You will not pay us unless we win your case, and you receive a settlement.
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.
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
Talking to a Professional
- No need to schedule an appointment
- No need to wait for an email response
- Free online consultation
- Talk directly with an attorney
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Montana Slip and Fall Accident Statistics
Montana slip, trip, and fall statistics
- One out of five falls causes a serious injury
- Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries
- According to the Montana Department of Health and Human Services, Montana consistently has higher rates of fatalities from fall accidents than the national average
- Women are more likely to be hospitalized for a fall than men
- The demographic groups with the highest rates of fall accidents are those over 65 years old, people with disabilities, and people who live in rural areas
- Once a person has been injured from a fall, they are more likely to fall again
When do slip and falls often happen?
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 grocery store, restaurant, or other 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: Montana is prone to icy conditions. Many slip and fall accidents happen in the winter
- Uneven surfaces: Sidewalks and parking lots often have tripping hazards in the form of large cracks or potholes
- Obstacles or hazards on walkway: People may trip and fall over objects left in walkways, particularly if they are visually impaired or otherwise disabled
- Falls from ladders or other equipment: Many workers’ compensation claims are a result of falling while on the job
Common slip and fall injuries
Depending on several factors, slip and fall injuries can range from mild to life-threatening. Some common injuries resulting from fall accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord, neck, and back injuries
- Broken bones, especially hips
- Sprains and strains, particularly to the wrists, hands, or ankles
Montana Premises Liability Laws
Who is responsible for my slip and fall accident?
The Supreme Court of Montana found in 1997 that both property owners and guests have certain responsibilities when it comes to preventing accidents. The circumstances surrounding your slip and fall will determine whether negligence caused your accident or not.
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: The property owner was responsible for keeping the area safe for you
- Breach of duty: The property owner failed to keep the area reasonably safe
- Causation: The dangerous conditions on the property caused your injury
- Damages: You suffered damages such as medical expenses, 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.
Are slip and falls covered by insurance?
Many businesses have commercial liability insurance that should cover damages resulting from a slip and fall accident; however, this coverage is not required under Montana law. 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 slip and falls?
For any personal injury case, a plaintiff only has a certain amount of time to file their claim. After that time period is up, they lose their right of action. This is referred to as the statute of limitations.
In Montana, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is 3 years. However, it is a good idea to file your claim much sooner than that. Personal injury cases can take a long time to settle, so it is a good idea to give yourself as much time as possible before the statute of limitations is up. As soon as you think you may have a case, contact a personal injury lawyer so they may begin working on your claim.
Why Should I Hire a Montana Slip and Fall Attorney?
Montana is a modified comparative negligence state. This means that you must be found less responsible for your accident than the property owner. You will be required to prove the property owner’s negligence before you are able to collect any damages from their insurance company.
Trying to prove negligence on your own will likely be difficult, stressful, and potentially detrimental to your recovery. A personal injury lawyer with The Advocates can provide you with the legal representation you need.
We will help you compile evidence from your accident, keep track of your medical records, and negotiate with insurance companies. We have years of experience representing accident victims in their premises liability cases and fighting for our clients’ right to fair compensation.
The Advocates will be here every step of the way for your slip and fall claim – our number one priority is your peace of mind. Contact us today for a free case evaluation. You deserve a worry-free recovery. You deserve an Advocate.
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