Gas Station Slip and Fall Accidents
Gas stations are prime areas for slip and fall accidents. Not only are there many different liquids spilled onto the ground, but uneven pavement can also contribute to instability. Many people suffer serious injuries when they slip and land awkwardly on the ground.
There are around 168,000 gas stations in the United States, so falls are to be expected at even the cleanest establishment. If you have been injured in a slip and fall inside or outside a gas station, please give us a call. Fisher & Talwar can help explain your options for receiving compensation.
Gas Station Hazards
Many different hazards confront the typical gas station customer. Some of the more common include:
- Spilled liquids, including oil, gasoline, diesel, windshield wiper fluid, and other fluids. These liquids can drip off cars, be spilled at the point of service, or splash onto the ground by careless customers.
- Freshly mopped floors inside the service station.
- Spilled liquids inside the store, including soda, ice, water, and cooking oil.
- Potholes, cracks, or uneven pavement.
- Power cords or other cords that light-up displays.
- Debris, litter, waste paper, and food that might spill out of overflowing trash cans and which can become slick underfoot.
- Condensation or ice from freezing rain.
Someone who is hoping to shoot in and out of a gas station could easily slip and fall, hurting themselves because of a hazard that should not be on the ground.
Injuries at Gas Stations
Our clients who slip and fall at gas stations sometimes suffer much more serious injuries than other clients. Gas stations have many hard, immovable objects such as concrete barriers, steel rails, propane tanks, ATMs, and other objects. If a person slips and falls outside, they can also crash into a parked vehicle.
Some of the more serious slip and fall injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries, which can lead to unconsciousness, memory problems, impaired speech, and mood swings.
- Soft tissue injuries in the neck and back, including nerve damage.
- Broken bones, particularly in the arms, legs, and face.
- Abrasions and lacerations, which can leave unsightly scars.
- Herniated discs between the vertebrae, which can lead to immobilizing pain.
- Spinal cord injuries that result in paralysis.
Remember to receive immediate medical attention to treat any injuries. Prompt treatment often allows a client to make as much of a recovery as possible.
Bring a Claim Against a Gas Station
Bringing a lawsuit is often the best option after a slip and fall. Gas stations owe their customers a very high duty to use care to make sure that the property is safe for all customers. When gas stations do not meet their obligation to use adequate care, then they can be sued.
To bring a claim, you will need to file appropriate legal documents in court, in which you explain the surrounding circumstances that gave rise to the accident. Remember to meet with an attorney soon after falling, because California law gives you a limited amount of time to protect your rights.
Receiving a Settlement
Many gas station slip and fall cases end up settling outside of court. A settlement should provide adequate compensation so that our clients have their medical bills and other economic losses compensated for. When a gas station is to blame, innocent people should not suffer the economic consequences.
A settlement should also provide enough in pain and suffering, which might be hard for most people to estimate the value of. However, pain and suffering often make up a large percentage of a settlement amount, often greater than medical bills and lost wages combined. This makes perfect sense. The physical pain, inconvenience, mental anguish, and suffering that accompanies most physical injuries is clearly worthy of significant compensation.
Most gas stations have large business insurance policies that can provide a fair settlement. Negotiations can sometimes be difficult, but a savvy slip and fall attorney will understand what evidence is necessary for getting maximum compensation.
How Fisher & Talwar Can Help
Establishing liability for an accident is often like fitting together pieces of a puzzle. You need an attorney who understands how to make the pieces come together in a way that makes sense.
Often, injured victims struggle the most at finding helpful evidence for their claim. All they really know is that they have fallen on the ground and been hurt in the process. They might not know other critical pieces of evidence, such as how long the liquid or other material was on the ground, or whether the staff at the gas station was aware of it and for how long.
This is where an attorney plays a critical role. An attorney can interview those involved who might have witnessed your fall. An attorney can also search for other helpful evidence. Gas stations often have surveillance video that shows both inside and outside the premises. This video can help establish how long the dangerous condition has existed on the premises and whether the store staff deliberately failed to clean it up.
Pitfalls when Bringing a Claim
As experienced lawyers, we have seen some victims and other lawyers make critical mistakes when suing gas stations. For example, they might fail to properly find evidence or notify the gas station to preserve evidence, which can make establishing liability that much harder.
Many victims immediately give recorded statements to the gas station’s insurer, which is not required. Or they readily agree to a settlement without fully understanding the extent of their injuries or their financial losses. Injured victims can avoid these mistakes by meeting with one of our slip and fall attorneys for a free consultation.
Contact a Slip and Fall Attorney Today
Fisher & Talwar has the experience you need for your claim. We have obtained many excellent settlements and jury verdicts for our clients, and we leave no stone unturned as we strive to get you the most compensation you are allowed under the law.
To begin your case, contact one of our lawyers today for your complimentary consultation.