What is slip and fall?
Slip and fall injuries happen every day – some result in only minor scrapes and bruises while others cause broken bones, brain and spinal trauma. Not all injuries that occur due to falls are cause for legal action – sometimes falls are unpreventable. However, when someone falls and suffers serious injury due to a poorly maintained property, there may be grounds for a slip and fall lawsuit.
Slip and Fall law
The legal concept that governs slip and fall claims is known as premises liability. Property owners are required by law to provide safe, secure, and properly maintained premises – and they can be held liable for injuries when they fail to meet that obligation. If you have fallen and been injured on somebody else’s property, you may be eligible to file a claim for your pain and suffering, mental anguish, lost capacity for the enjoyment of life, as well as medical bills and lost wages.
Property owners are not always responsible for all injuries that occur on their property. The injured victim must prove that two basic principles exist in order to have a legitimate case:
- That a hazardous condition existed AND
- That the hazardous condition either was created by the property owner/employees, or was known or should have been known by the property owner/employees
Property owners will invariably claim that they had no knowledge of the hazardous condition, and they will attempt to prove that the fall was in fact the fault of the injured victim. If you have fallen and been injured on someone else’s property, you should take the following steps to protect your rights:
- Immediately seek medical treatment for all injuries and follow all doctors’ recommendations for treatment
- Report your accident to the property owner as soon as possible
- Gather names, addresses and the telephone numbers of any eyewitnesses
- Keep copies of all of your medical bills (even those paid by insurance) and off-work slips.
- You may also want to keep a diary to record your thoughts about your medical treatment or the pain and suffering caused by your injuries.
- Keep any photographs of the hazardous/dangerous condition which caused the fall, as well as any clothing or footwear worn at the time of the fall
Slip and fall injury lawyers
Property owners, their insurance companies, and their defense attorneys will be quick to contest your claim. Their goal is to minimize the amount of money paid out to you, regardless of the severity of your injuries – and regardless of the future harm that other victims could suffer if the hazardous condition isn’t properly addressed. You need a legal team committed to protecting your interests, securing the compensation that your specific injuries merit, and holding negligent parties accountable.
If you have been seriously hurt by someone else’s negligence, consider contacting premises liability or slip and fall attorney. You have only a limited time after your injury to file a claim, so you must act quickly.