Slip & Fall Lawsuit Cases: Determining Liability and Suing for Compensation For Injuries

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    You may be eligible for recovery over the injuries you sustained when you fell. If the property owner was negligent, or hazardous conditions were not addressed, you may be eligible to file an injury lawsuit to seek financial compensation.

    Share what happened with our slip and fall attorney to help you determine your legal options:

    • Help determine liability for your accident
    • Explain simply, what options are available under the tort laws
    • Ensure you are treated with the dignity & respect you deserve
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    Slip and Fall Lawsuit Requirements: Can I Sue?

    Every property owner from homeowners and landlords to business owners (even corporations) have a responsibility to ensure that anyone who comes onto their property is protected from any dangerous conditions that could cause a trip, slip or fall injury.

    Successful slip and fall litigation requires liability to be proven, and your attorney will need to make the case your accident was caused by a dangerous condition known to the property owner.

    To prove negligence on behalf of the property owner, your law firm will need to establish that the property owner created the condition which caused your accident, knew of the hazardous conditions and failed to correct the problem, or that the condition which caused your accident was in existence long enough that a reasonable property owner would have corrected it.

    Holding a property owner liable for a slip and fall accident requires reasonably arguing that their negligence endangered your safety and led to your injuries. Additionally, the victim's carelessness has an impact on liability considerations.

    There are numerous conditions which can cause a slip and fall injury, some examples include:

    • Spilled liquids that make the floor surface slippery
    • Water and soap on the floor when cleaning without adequate warning signs
    • Ice and snow that hasn't been properly removed or treated
    • Broken or defective pavement or steps
    • A cord or rug that can be tripped over in a walkway or path

    When a defect or danger is out in the open and easily detectable in normal circumstances it may not be necessary for the owner to post warnings. Your slip and fall lawyer will help gather the evidence necessary to establish liability in your accident. If the property owner acted reasonably, taking legal action may not be an option. Each case is unique, and state and federal laws will have bearing on any potential lawsuit claims over an accident.

    To find out if you are eligible to file a potential slip fall litigation claim, share what happened with our attorneys who will be able to help you determine liability and lay out your legal options for recovery.

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    Slip and Fall Liability Questions...

    There are legal grounds which must be met to hold property owner responsible for your injuries after an accident. For liability, the following must be established:

    • The obstruction or dangerous surface must have been caused by the property owner or one of their employees.
    • The owner of the property or one of the employees must have had knowledge of the danger and neglected to take any action.
    • Either the owner of the property or one of their employees could be reasonably expected to have known about the defect or danger and either repaired or removed it.

    While the third scenario is the most common, it is also the most difficult to prove in court when making your case. This is because of the legal weasel phrase "could be reasonably expected to have known." The best slip and fall attorneys know your case hinges on defining how a 'reasonable' property owner should have acted.

    Your law firm will investigate on your behalf to show the disparity between the actions of a reasonable property owner the premises owner responsible in your claim. If the property owner missed the opportunity to take reasonable action which could have prevented your accident, you may have a potential slip and fall claim.

    Initially, determining liability of the premises owner which caused your slip and fall injuries begins with common sense, which can be a subjective measure. However, the best litigators work to establish the objective fact.

    If your case goes to trial, judges and juries will determine liability by deciding if the property owner took steps to ensure your safety and whether a reasonable property owner would have taken steps which could have prevented your slip and fall accident.

    If you have questions about a potential slip and fall law suit, share what happened using the form above to get the answers you seek.

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    What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident...

    From a legal standpoint, a property owner is responsible to take reasonable action to keep the premises in repair and safe for visitors.

    Immediately following an accident, make sure you receive any medical attention which might be necessary, and ensure you are in a safe location to prevent further harm. After a slip & fall incident, if you are able, get examined by the emergency room or an independent medical doctor. Even if you don't feel it's necessary, it is important to document the true extent of your injuries, then you will want to share what happened with your lawyer right away to discuss your claim.

    An attorney for slip and fall cases can help you with legal advice and investigate potential liability while you focus on recovery.

    If you are unsure whether a legal action is justified, the following questions can help you determine if you have a liability claim for your slip and fall injury:

    • If your fall was caused by tripping over a broken area of pavement or steps, a loose area, a wet and slippery area, or a piece of carpet that is bulging, broken or torn, was the defect present sufficiently long enough that the property owner should have known about it?
    • Does the property owner make regular inspections of the property to note and repair defects? If so, do they have any proof of these regular inspections and repairs?
    • If you slipped or tripped over something that was intentionally placed on the ground, was there a legitimate reason for the object to be in that location?
    • Does the original reason for the object being placed in a location still exist or could the object have been removed to make the area safe?
    • Is there another location the object could have been placed that would have presented less risk to visitors?
    • Could a warning or barrier have been placed to deter people from walking in the area?
    • Was the incident partially caused by poor or broken lighting fixtures?

    If the answer to even one of these questions is yes, then you may have a good claim for a slip and fall law suit. Your initial consultation is free, and there is no obligation to take legal action.

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    Evaluating Your Own Responsibility...

    In any trip fall injury case there will be questions of whether the victim's carelessness contributed to the accident. In other words, how responsible are you for getting hurt. It plays a factor in determining liability.

    Our law firm isn't interesting in frivolous lawsuit claims and intentional injuries. Don't be bullied into taking full responsibility, however, if your carelessness only played a part and negligence was a factor.

    Did you know slip and fall is the primary cause of traumatic brain injury in the U.S.? There is nothing frivolous when a victim has been hurt so severely.

    If you have a valid claim, discuss it with your personal injury lawyer, without holding back any part you may have had to play in the accident.

    Plus, an insurance adjuster is likely to ask and answer these questions as well when determining if any compensation should be awarded, or recovery deserved.

    • Was there a legitimate reason that the owner could have anticipated for you to be in the location where the accident injury occurred?
    • If you had been more careful would there have been a way to avoid the danger, or walk more carefully and avoid slipping?
    • Were any warnings posted about the dangerous area?
    • Were you running, jumping, fooling around, or distracted when you fell?

    If you have any uncertainty regarding the specifics of your fall, don't worry, our award-winning slip fall litigators will clearly lay out your options under the law.

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    Legal Advice for Personal Injury Slip Fall Cases..

    When you fill out the contact form below, an award-winning litigator will review your case details. Our attorneys are standing-by to review the legal merits of your claim and will lay out what financial compensation may be attainable taking legal action.

    Your initial consultation costs you nothing, and you are under no obligation. If you qualify, our experienced premises liability attorneys will work on your behalf on contingency, meaning no up-front costs to you, if you don't win financial compensation, you pay nothing.

    If your case qualifies our experienced slip and fall trial attorneys will help you pursue maximum and swift financial recovery under the law. Under tort law, you may have rights to injury compensation for suffering and damages you experienced. Legal counsel representation will ensure your needs aren't ignored and that your injuries are treated seriously.

    Ultimately, the best personal injury lawyers are accountable to you, the client. The slip and fall lawsuit process may require the gathering of expert witnesses, or may quickly be resolved with a fast settlement. Each case is unique.

    You deserve an attorney that cares about your recovery, and what a successful outcome means to you and your family.

    Remember, tort law restrictions limit the time allowed for you to file a slip and fall law suit, it is vital you act now in order to claim lawful compensation which may be waiting.

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