It is important to note that the property owner is only liable if the injured party was an invitee (e.g., customer, contractor working on the property) or licensee (e.g., social guest, someone who came in to use the restroom).
Some of the most common scenarios that lead to slip and fall accidents are:
- Uneven walking surfaces, such as a broken sidewalk
- Unmarked obstacles, such as a step, curb, or extension cord, wet or slippery surfaces, such as a spill or water leak
- Improperly maintained property, such as potholes in a parking lot
- Steps or stairs without handrails
Although these are some of the most common situations that can lead to slips and falls, almost any hazardous condition can cause an accident of this nature. Victims may suffer broken bones, dislocated joints, traumatic brain injury, or neck, back, or spinal cord injury.
Your liable party is whoever was in charge of maintaining the property. In most cases, this will be the property owner or manager.
What to Do if You’ve Been Injured
If you slip and fall in a public place, you should seek immediate medical attention. Injuries sustained in this way may not be obvious immediately. Alert the property owner or manager about the incident and request his name and contact information.
Talk to any witnesses that may have been present, make note of their names and contact information and ask if they have any photos or videos of the incident. If possible, get pictures of the hazard that caused your injury, and of your injury itself.
As soon as possible, contact a personal injury lawyer to assist you in requesting compensation for your injuries. Because businesses and insurance companies believe that many slip and fall claims are false or exaggerated, they will often try to discourage you by refusing to negotiate a settlement. Having a lawyer to assist you can help demonstrate the sincerity of your claim.
Your attorney will also be better equipped to obtain important evidence for your case, such as video surveillance footage, employee statements, maintenance records, or existing company safety policies.
If you or someone you love has suffered an injury in a slip and fall accident, you need someone on your side who sympathizes with you and will fight for you. For the experience you need, call The Law Offices of Theodore H. Enfield, P.A. for a free consultation.