If you have suffered bodily harm caused by a slip and fall accident, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries. Slip and fall, also referred to as a trip and fall, is a type of personal injury claim based on an individual slipping or tripping, and falling. In some instances, a claim can be built against a property owner who has been deemed negligent in allowing a dangerous condition to exist that led to the fall. A slip and fall attorney can help you establish the property owner’s liability and assist you in your premises liability case.
Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Each year, there are more than 8 million emergency room visits linked to slips, trips, and falls. Hazardous walking conditions account for a large number of accidents. Torn carpeting, cluttered floors, defective sidewalks, loose floorboards, poorly constructed staircases, and parking lot potholes are just some of the conditions that can make a walking surface dangerous.
Slip and fall accidents can also be caused by poor weather conditions, such as snow, rain, and ice. In these cases, it’s the responsibility of the property owner to shovel sidewalks, plow parking lots, and salt walkways and steps. Property owners may also be held responsible if they fail to provide adequate warnings, such as wet floor signs or if they fail to clean up spills or repair unsafe floor surfaces.
Filing a Liability Claim
Before a liability claim can be filed, it must be proven that the property owner in question has either created the hazard that caused the slip and fall injury (such as spilling water onto the floor and not promptly cleaning it), or knew of an existing hazard but failed to correct it in a reasonable amount of time.
Knowledge of a potential hazard must be in the form of an actual or constructive notice.
Many times personal injury cases reach a settlement before trial. However, without an experienced attorney by your side to help you understand your rights, you may not receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries and suffering. If you’ve been injured, act fast. The law sets a two-year time limit on the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit after a slip and fall accident.
Basis for Premises Liability Lawsuits
When someone enters another person’s property, they have a reasonable expectation of not becoming injured. Premises liability holds property owners liable for injuries and accidents that occurred on their property under certain circumstances. Liability is determined by state laws and procedures, and can vary depending on the condition of the property and the activities of both the visitor and property owner.
Premises liability lawsuits may include slip and fall accidents caused by:
- Dangerous property conditions
- Wet floors on commercial properties
- Hazardous construction sites
- Physical assault from workers or customers at a business
- Unsafe public sidewalks
If you have suffered injuries from a slip and fall accident, Moore Law Firm may be able to assist you in your premises liability case. Rely on us to provide fair and honest legal counsel to all injury victims and their families.