Slip, Trip & Fall
Property owners must keep their premises safe for visitors. Stores and businesses, as well as homeowners, must maintain their property to prevent or fix dangerous conditions that could cause injury. They are required by law to inspect and fix any safety issues of which they are aware, as well as those which they should have known existed. The property owner owes you a legal duty, which includes inspecting on a regular basis; picking things up off the floor that visitors might trip on; making sure spills are mopped or cleaned properly and promptly and warning signs placed; making sure amenities such as elevators are working as they should, etc.
Slip and fall accidents happen in many ways, and all are preventable by the property owner with time, attention, and in most cases just basic maintenance. Here are a few instances:
1) Slipping on water or other liquid which was not cleaned up or cordoned off.
2) Tripping and falling on a sidewalk or aisle due to broken, uneven or poorly maintained floors.
3) Tripping over an obstruction and/or falling due to poor lighting (including in parking lots).
4) Escalators or elevators malfunctioning.
By law, a slip & fall victim may be able to recover some or all of their losses related to the injury as long as they can prove that the business owner or establishment failed or breached their duty of care. This includes recovery for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you’ve been hurt in any type of slip and fall accident, call and discuss the facts of your case with us. The consultation is free, and we may be able to help file a claim or lawsuit on your behalf. Proving the property owner’s negligence is sometimes a matter of common sense, but in most cases this will not be so cut and dry. This is why it’s so important to hire a skilled slip and fall lawyer who has experience with these types of cases. You need an aggressive and knowledgeable advocate on your side.
If you’ve slipped and fallen on someone else’s property, it is extremely important to take immediate action to give you the best chance to win your case or secure a fair settlement that provides maximum compensation for your injuries. This starts with an aggressive investigation, including locating and interviewing witnesses and other patrons, taking photographs of the scene, obtaining any available video footage of the premises and your accident, requiring the defendant to turn over repair logs and maintenance records, etc.
If you hurt yourself in a slip and fall accident, do not wait. Early action is often critical to a successful outcome.
Call us – 845-353-2000. We can help.