Slip and fall accidents are often brushed aside or dismissed as unserious events or as being the fault of the person who fell. A slip and fall is extremely common, and thankfully, usually leads to bumps and scrapes at the worst. Sadly though, many slips and falls lead to broken bones, serious head injuries and even death. These accidents can occur nearly anywhere, including at work, in a store or business, on a sidewalk, or in a government building. In America, slip and falls contribute to millions of dollars in medical bills, missed work, and in pain in suffering damages each year.
After a fall occurs, many people wonder whether or not they will be able to bring a lawsuit to seek compensation for their pain and suffering, medical bills or other damages. To determine whether or not you have a case, you need to make two inquiries:
Generally speaking, a business that hosts many visitors per day, such as a grocery store, hospital or popular restaurant, has a far higher duty of care standard than would the owner of a single apartment, small business, or simple plot of land. This is because they have a far higher number of visitors each day and therefore need to make sure their property is safe, stays safe and quickly is repaired when an unsafe condition is discovered. Examples of unsafe conditions can include:
The most common defense against slip-and-fall claims is that the injured person was acting carelessly and had a responsibility to know where they were going and to walk safely. However, it’s not necessarily that simple. Determining fault requires asking a series of questions, including:
An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to help you figure out whether or not there is clear liability in your case, depending on the circumstances involved and the evidence available.
If you have determined that the owner of a property was negligent and caused your fall, you can bring a lawsuit against him or her for compensation for a number of things. If found to be negligent, the owner of the property would be liable for the Plaintiff’s medical bills, physical therapy bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and for any costs the person had to pay for to take care of themselves while they recovered.
KRAMER LAW OFFICES: FIGHTING FOR OUR CLIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES
Our team has built a reputation for compassionate and fierce advocacy on behalf of our clients. If you or someone you know has been injured due to the negligence of a property owner, you can reach Kramer Law by calling a 802-257-2221 or using our quick and easy contact form. We are also conveniently located in downtown Brattleboro at 42 Park Place if you would prefer to stop by. We are also happy to discuss your case remotely on Zoom if you wish.
As our client, we will take care of all of the legal, privacy and insurance related issues surrounding your case so that you are able to recover and work towards a brighter and better future.