Slipping and falling is one of the oldest accidents known to man. Not only is it embarrassing, but the injuries can be catastrophic. A slip-and-fall accident can result in a concussion, whiplash, broken ankle and other injuries. Even a relatively minor accident can be life-threatening.
If you are a victim of a slip-and-fall accident, it’s natural to be concerned about the resulting medical bills, your lost wages and your future. Fortunately, you can hold negligent property owners accountable for your fall.
Proving your slip and fall case
When seeking compensation after a slip and fall, establishing that the presence of dangerous conditions caused your fall is paramount. You must also show that the liable party was aware or should have been aware of the hazardous conditions but failed to take reasonable steps to minimize the potential danger to others. What that means, exactly, depends upon the situation.
For example, perhaps a store owner was aware of the existence of snow and ice in their parking lot for the last several days – but they never arranged for clearance, salt or anything else to make the parking lot safer. Or, perhaps a grocery store owner failed to clean a wet floor after a spill despite being notified it was there. Or, maybe a building manager allowed inadequate lighting, broken handrails and similar hazards to pile up. Failure to maintain the property can result in catastrophic injuries, and you can sue for their failure to fulfill their duty of care to others.
Accidents can happen anywhere, but when they’re the result of a property owner’s mistakes, you have every right to file a claim. Experienced legal guidance can help.