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Fell Off a Dumpster While Working…

Submitted By: Tisha (Jacksonville, FL)

I do janitorial work. I was taking out trash to the dumpster and the lids were down. I’m very short so I tried to stand on the side of the dumpster to lift the lid but I slipped and fell. I hurt my head and my back.

I’m wondering do I have a personal injury case? What can I do to get compensation? Thank you.

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Answer

Dear Tisha,

To have a personal injury case several things have to occur.

First: There must be an injury.

Second: The injury must have resulted in demonstrable injuries; injuries which are able to be seen and documented.

Third: There must be “damages”. Damages are verifiable expenses such as medical bills, related out of pocket expenses, and even lost wages.

Fourth: There must exist a person or entity which caused the injuries, or which was responsible directly or indirectly, or through their negligence for the pain and discomfort suffered.

Fifth: There must exist a legal duty for that person or entity to protect you from injury.

In your case, if your injuries rise to the above standards, you may have a claim. You can always sit down with a Personal Injury Attorney to discuss the claim. Most Personal Injury Attorneys will not charge for an initial office consultation.

Once you have sought their counsel you will have a more definite idea of whether your claim has merit or not.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: August 29, 2011

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