Injury Lawyer News : All about Slip & Fall

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Did you know that 70% personal injury claims are about slip and fall? It’s really surprising how small accidents can be a major reason. But it actually is. It simply means to trip on something then fall down. And sometimes the accidents can be fatal also. If someone slips on a wet floor then the person can simply land on his back, and be ok. But a person may also slip on a staircase and fall down. And it can also break a bone or two.

What to do

Try to go through the following steps after a slip and fall case:

  1. Get medical care.
  2. Collect information’s about your accident.
  3. Collect the name and numbers of the witnesses for later.
  4. Do not involve anyone who is not certified to handle this.
  5. Get a personal injury attorney.

Proving Fault

If you think someone else is responsible for your slip and fall, then you must find proof to charge him or her. Suppose you fell down on a slippery floor of a restaurant. Now the janitor who cleans the floor can be charged with the injury directly, but another customer can’t be. Simple as that, you have to charge someone with a direct cause in the following ways:

  • The defendant was at negligence for the condition.
  • The defendant was negligent to correct the error.
  • In the time of the condition the defendant had the chance to corrected the problem behind the slip and fall injury.

Commercial Entity

To charge a commercial entity you must prove the following facts, just as charging an individual:

  • The entity is responsible for causing the slippery surface in their premises.
  • Knowing about the risky environment, the entity did not take necessary actions about it.
  • Knowing about the problem, the entity left the responsibility to someone else which caused the accident.

Residential Premises

If the slip and fall occurred in a residential property then the victim must show that:

  • The owner of the property is directly responsible for the slip and fall.
  • The owner was negligent about fixing the problem.
  • A serious injury was bound to happen because of the error.

These faults can be hard to prove, so getting a personal injury lawyer is compulsory for these cases. Sometimes we are afraid to take help from the law if we have our own fault in an accident. But personal injury law will protect you even if you think it was partially your fault.

So don’t lose hope after a slip and fall, get help and fight for your rights. And remember what Confucius said, “Our greatest glory is not in ever being fallen, but in rising every time we fall.”

 

Stephen Zee

 

 

 

 

6 Comments
  1. Laura Thompson

    February 8, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    In most cases, a person injured in a slip and fall on someone else’s property must prove that the cause of the accident was a “dangerous condition,” and that the owner or possessor of the property knew of the dangerous condition. A dangerous condition must present an unreasonable risk to a person on the property, and it must have been a condition that the injured party should not have anticipated under the circumstances. This latter requirement implies that people must be aware of, and avoid, obvious dangers. For a property owner or possessor to be held liable, it must have been foreseeable that his negligence would create the danger at issue.

  2. Broody Johnson

    February 9, 2014 at 4:47 am

    To me, in order to recover for a slip and fall injury sustained on another’s property, there must be a responsible party whose negligence caused the injury. This sounds obvious, but many people do not realize that some injuries are simply accidents caused, if anything, by their own carelessness. In slip and fall cases on commercial property, there are often a number of people or entities that may be held responsible for someone’s injuries. When a slip and fall injury occurs on property owned by a local, state, or federal government entity, special rules will apply. Specifically, there are very stringent notice requirements and broad immunity provisions that sometimes shield government entities from liability for injuries that occur on their property. Go here to learn more about injury claims against the government.

  3. Andrew McCarthy

    February 10, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    In any event, I think the plaintiff must have sustained some kind of injury, however minor, in order to collect. There are many dangerous conditions like torn carpeting, changes in flooring, poor lighting, narrow stairs, or a wet floor can cause someone to slip and be injured. Same goes if someone trips on a broken or cracked public sidewalks, or falls down a flight of stairs. In addition, a slip and fall case might arise when someone slips or falls outdoors because of rain, ice, snow or a hidden hazard, such as a pothole in the ground.

    • STRUCTURED SETTLEMENTS

      February 10, 2014 at 3:43 am

      These cases usually fall under the broader category of cases known as “premises liability” claims. Slip and fall accidents usually occur on property (or “premises”) owned or maintained by someone else, and the property owner may be held legally responsible.

  4. Timothy Roger

    February 10, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall on someone else’s property and are considering a legal claim, you should discuss your case with an experienced attorney. You should do so quickly, as there are time limits in which injured persons may file a personal injury lawsuit. You can even have a law firm evaluate the merits of your case for free. And that’s what my experienced showed me.

  5. Gordon T.

    February 11, 2014 at 11:33 am

    There is no precise way to determine when someone else is legally responsible for your injuries if you slip or trip. Each case turns on whether the property owner acted carefully so that slipping or tripping was not likely to happen, and whether you were careless in not seeing or avoiding the condition that caused your fall. Here are some general rules to help you decide whether someone else was at fault for your slip or trip and fall injury.

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