Whether you fell at the grocery store or got hurt at the airport, you might have a slip and fall case. Slip and fall claims are a type of premises liability claim, which means they can be complicated. But you don’t need to navigate the legal claims process alone.
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What Is a Slip and Fall Accident?
A slip and fall accident is a type of personal injury claim. It occurs when a person is injured after tripping, falling, or slipping on someone else’s property. To be considered a slip and fall accident, there must be:
- A duty of care (e.g. a shop owner owes customers a duty to keep the shop safe to move around).
- A breach in this duty of care (e.g. the shop owner knows about a spillage and didn’t clean it up).
- An injury (this could be anything from mild bruising to a serious injury).
- Causation (meaning, you were injured due to the other person’s breach of duty, or negligence).
Types of Slip and Fall Accidents
Slips and falls can happen anywhere, but they most common occur in places such as:
- Outdoors e.g. sidewalks
Whether you trip on a broken sidewalk, or there’s a slip and fall at work, a lawyer in our network can help with your case.
Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can occur due to a number of different factors. Some factors that often contribute to slip and fall accidents include:
- Inadequate or faulty lighting
- Other visibility impediments
- Standing pools of liquid
- Presence of various tripping hazards (i.e., broken flooring, uneven flooring, loose debris, etc.)
- Poor or missing signage
- Infrequent cleaning services
- And more
If one or more of these factors contributed to your slip and fall injury, then you may have an actionable claim against the defendant for their failure to “correct” the issues that led to the accident.
Slip and Fall Injuries
Common slip and fall injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Back injuries
- Cuts and grazes
- Head injuries
- Muscle strains and sprains
- Neck injuries
- Torn ligaments and tendons
More serious injuries include spinal cord damage and penetrative wounds.
As part of the claim process, a personal injury lawyer will go over your medical records and determine the extent of your injuries.
How Does Liability Work in Personal Injury Cases?
Proving liability means showing that the premises owner is somehow to blame for the accident (and your injuries). Often, this means showing that the property is in dangerous condition but it can also be something like a failure to mop up a spillage, complete repairs, or inspect the property.
Suppose that you slip and fall and injure yourself when leaving a restaurant at night. The stairwell is poorly maintained, and as you’re using the railing to balance yourself while going down the stairs, the railing loosens, and you lose your balance, causing you to fall.
The stairwell is a dangerous condition of property. It poses an unreasonable risk of harm when used in the manner in which you did (i.e., using the railings as support). Had you used the railing in an unforeseeable manner (i.e., pushing and pulling against it violently while walking down the stairs), then it would be a lot more difficult to prove that the condition was dangerous.
Now, property owners can only be held liable if they were aware or should have been aware of the dangerous condition.
The property owner in the above example could argue that they were simply unaware of the dangerous condition. You could counter this defense by introducing evidence that they did know about the dangerous condition. Perhaps there were previous slip and fall accidents involving the railing or related customer complaints.
Alternatively, you could show that the restaurant owner did not inspect their property as frequently as expected of the restaurant industry. This might qualify as negligence. Had a property inspection occurred prior to your injury, the dangerous condition could have been discovered and corrected.
As you can see, there’s a lot involved in proving slip and fall cases. But there’s no need to stress – contact us to get a free consultation with a lawyer in our network.
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How Slip And Fall Liability Works
Slip and fall liability can be difficult to understand for first-time plaintiffs, so let’s take a moment to explore some basics.
To prove liability in the slip and fall context, you’ll have to show that you were injured due to the existence of a dangerous condition of property. A condition of property is dangerous if it poses an unreasonable risk of harm (when used in a foreseeable manner). This is a highly fact-specific issue.
How Slip and Fall Attorneys Can Help You Get Compensation for Injuries
If you have injuries, whether it is from a slip and fall accident, or some other accident, then you may be entitled to injury compensation. It’s not a simple prediction to “estimate” the total damages, as they may vary quite a bit, depending on the unique circumstances of your case. For this reason, it’s worth consulting with an attorney who can provide a more comprehensive evaluation of the potential value of your claim.
Under the law, there are a number of different types of losses for which you can be compensated. These include:
- Wage loss
- Loss of earning capacity
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Property loss
- And more
In some personal injury cases, the court may even find that punitive damages are suitable, multiplying the potential damage recovery.
No Win, No Fee Representation From Slip and Fall Lawyers
When calculating your overall recovery, you may also want to incorporate the cost of legal representation. It’s worth noting that most slip and fall lawyers work on a contingency basis. Simply put, they don’t get paid until, and unless, you secure accident compensation.
There are no upfront costs. You pay nothing out of pocket. Instead, the slip and fall accident attorney will take a percentage cut of your received compensation. This incentivizes the attorney to secure the maximum possible payout on your behalf.
3 Advantages of Hiring a Slip and Fall Lawyer
Still not sure if hiring a slip and fall attorney is right for you? Then consider the following benefits:
An experienced attorney understands how to build the strongest possible legal case. Having represented clients in a range of disputes, these lawyers know what evidence is likely to be persuasive, and how best to present that evidence throughout the litigation process.
Skilled slip and fall lawyers look to secure the maximum available compensation for their clients. Insurance companies are notorious for undervaluing injuries and paying as little as possible in benefits. Your attorney will consider all the legal options, negotiate with insurance companies, and if necessary, proceed through litigation.
With an attorney handling your case, you’ll have the mental and emotional resources to focus on a successful recovery. Slip and fall accidents can be physically devastating, emotionally costly, and financially draining. You don’t need the added stress of strategizing and executing your lawsuit, let an attorney do it for you.
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Slip and fall accidents are — by their nature — unexpected. If you’ve suffered an injury in a slip and fall accident, you may be feeling overwhelmed and confused as to what you should be doing next. This is normal, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
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