Property owners have a legal responsibility to provide safe conditions for persons on their premises. When we slip and fall, often, our first instinct is to look around to make sure no one saw us and then to walk away quickly, avoiding embarrassing eye contact with anyone who might have seen us. However, sometimes the injuries resulting from the fall are much more serious than that. Sometimes the victim of a slip and fall accident realizes the severity of their injuries right away, but other times, it’s not until later that the symptoms surface and he or she realizes that they have been seriously injured.
The reality is that slip and fall accidents occur frequently and can easily result in broken bones, deep bruises, and much worse. If you have experienced a slip and fall injury that could have been prevented by appropriate maintenance or a simple warning, then pursuing a premise liability claim is an option and we are here to assist you. At Fielding Law, our slip and fall attorneys will passionately represent your interests, fighting for the compensation you need to cover medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of income and other damages.
Many times a slip can happen because of a slick surface due to water, oil, or other types of spills. Additionally, loose surfaces such as mats or rugs which are not anchored, uneven flooring, or flooring with variable traction can also cause slips.
Tripping can lead to injuries that can cause pain, suffering and even death. According to the World Health Organization, after road traffic injuries, falls are the second leading cause of accidental or unintentional injury deaths worldwide. Clearly, slip and fall injuries are a serious matter.
Premises liability lawsuits result from a variety of unsafe or hazardous environments. Let’s identify a few of the more common examples which can easily lead to the injury and pain of a slip and fall incident:
At times, individuals who have experienced an injury because of a slip and fall incident, whether in a private or a public setting, do not take counsel from an attorney. Why? They conclude that their particular situation does not constitute an injury that qualifies them for compensation. If that is how you feel, take note of the following examples of some injuries which can meet the requirements for compensation:
Having legal representation that understands slip and fall accidents will prevent you from missing important details that can help your case. An attorney will assist you in building your case to prove negligence on the part of the property owner.
A negligence claim can only be won if the injured person can prove the following four elements to show that the person responsible for the property acted negligently.
An attorney can aid you in establishing these four elements to prove negligence was a key factor in your injury. For example, an experienced attorney will know how to find out if there is any surveillance video of the incident. This is beneficial for two reasons.
First, a video of the fall can establish that you were not acting in a way so as to be responsible for the accident. Additionally, video evidence may verify that the conditions which lead to your fall had existed long enough that those responsible for the area should have remedied the dangerous situation or provided adequate warning.
Working with a lawyer to aid you with details such as these can help you feel less anxious about forgetting essential details that will benefit your case.
At times, a slip and fall accident occurs because of the injured party’s own carelessness or distraction. Yet, discerning the difference between a little bit of carelessness and negligent conditions that contributed to your accident is not always crystal clear. Attorneys that are experienced in identifying and differentiating these aspects of an accident may be able to help you build a strong case for your claim even if you think you may have been partially at fault.
In many slip and fall cases, there are general compensatory damages awarded both for monetary expenses that have been incurred as well as for non-monetary reparations.
Monetary expenses.Damages can be awarded when monetary expenses are incurred by the injured person as a direct result of the accident. These would include such things as medical bills, attorney fees, and the cost of future medical services which are deemed necessary.
Not to be overlooked is possible compensation for bills connected to your household and other necessities of daily life. A key objective of a lawsuit is to help the injured person to be complete again. This requires recovering their financial situation to a point as if the accident had never occurred.
Even seemingly small items can be compensated for monetarily. When a slip and fall accident damages or ruins an item such as an expensive wristwatch, jewelry, or cellphone, the cost of repairing or replacing these items can also be awarded.
Non-monetary damages. These might include pain and suffering. Yet, not all pain is registered in a physical way. There may also be mental anxiety. Perhaps, even the loss of companionship because of the injury. These are also terrible and agonizing results that could exist because of your accident for which you deserve to be compensated.
Punitive damages. In rare cases, a property owner’s actions may be considered so heinous that additional punitive damages are awarded. Such damages are not meant to compensate the victim, but rather to punish the guilty party for malicious or intentional actions.
If you or a loved one have suffered a serious injury because of a slip and fall accident, without question, you have legal rights. Be sure to receive the compensation that you deserve. If you have a slip and fall case, the attorneys at Fielding Law will pursue the compensation to which you are entitled with unwavering determination. Call today for a free consultation with one of our team members.