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Slip And Fall Lawyers

Slip And Fall Lawyers

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There are countless situations people encounter in day to day life where they could accidently fall and sustain personal injuries. A person who encountered an accident where they have been hurt because of tripping down a flight of stairs, slipping and falling on a dangerous floor, patch of rough sidewalk, pavement or ground has been involved in what is called a “slip and fall”. In these “slip and fall” cases, otherwise known by a broader legal term of “premises liability”, the owner of the business or property where your accident occurred may or may not be responsible. Although it seems to be obvious, in order for an injured person to file a negligent claim there has to be a responsible party. In other words, damages cannot be recovered from an accident on another's property, unless there is a specific person whose negligence caused the injury. Some slip and fall incidents are because of bad weather conditions, uneven sidewalks, potholes, poorly lit pathways, obstructions in the way, or unbalanced flooring. If these conditions can be avoided there may be a case for negligence on the part of the public or private owner of the property.

Slip & Fall Causes

Most of the time slip and fall accidents can be avoided by use of proper due diligence. However, certain times there may be a lack of due diligence resulting in serious injury or trauma. The first thing one needs to consider when injured due to a slip and fall is that it is a normal part of living for things to fall on or to drip onto a floor or the ground, and for smooth surfaces to become uneven. Sometimes things that are put in the ground -- drainage grates, for example -- serve a useful purpose there. It is not always the responsibility of a property owner or occupier to immediately clean up every slippery spill or picking up every item that from the store that has been knocked over into an isle in their store.

There are also cases where a person has been injured in an accident that was caused by tripping or slipping on something that any other ordinary person would expect to find there or should see and avoid. We all have an obligation to watch where we're going. However, property owners are responsible for the careful upkeep of their property and taking proper safety precautions when remodeling or making repairs. While there is no precise way to determine when someone else is legally responsible for something on which you slip or trip, cases turn on whether the property owner acted carefully so that slipping or tripping was not likely to happen, or whether you were careless in not seeing or avoiding the thing you fell on.

Do You Have A Slip & Fall Case?

So, in almost every slip or trip and fall case, you must access as to whether or not your own carelessness contributed in any significant way to your accident. Did you exercise reasonable judgment and caution? The rules of "comparative negligence" measure your own reasonableness in going where you did, in the way you did, just before the accident happened. Comparative negligence is a doctrine used in personal injury accidents and is a question of fact the courts must determine. The court (or jury) must figure out what percent each party involved in the accident is at fault for the accident. In most states even if an injured person is found to be partially at fault for their accident, they still may be eligible to obtain partial damages from the negligent landowner, corporation or person.

Numerous factors regulate in an event where the cause of the fall involved negligence. An attorney specializing in personal injury would determine “premises liability”, considering answers to the following questions;

All property and building owners have a certain level of responsibility (duty of care) to make sure an environment is safe for those who pass through their premises. This means they need to clean up spills on the floor (within a reasonable period of time), provide well-lit walkways, prevent elevator accidents, and put up signs warning of any potential hazard.

Contact a Slip & Fall Lawyer Now

If you have been injured by a slip and fall while you were on someone else’s property, or involved in an accident in which you believe occurred as result of dangerous property conditions, there is a possibility that you are entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, as well as reimbursement of any medical bills that you incurred as result of your injury. You should never assume that an accident or injury is your fault and do not be afraid to seek the help of an attorney.

 

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