Slip-and-fall accidents can occur anywhere: at stores, restaurants, theaters/ stadiums, parks, playgrounds, retirement homes, private residences and workplaces. Property owners are responsible for keeping their premises safe and in good condition, but they may not always do so. It is important to know your rights if you have experienced a slip-and-fall accident.
Why you need a personal injury attorney for a slip-and-fall case
Establishing who’s at fault in slip-and-fall accidents – or premises liability cases – can be complicated. It is especially important to determine who owns the property where you experienced the slip and fall. A common misconception is that the business that occupies a space owns the building. Often, this is not true. If you fall in your office, you may be eligible for both workers’ compensation from your employer (since the injury happened during work) as well as a settlement from a third-party slip-and-fall case. The owner of your office building would be at fault in the premises liability case, not your employer.
Only a lawyer can determine if you have a legal case. Each situation is different and depends on whether the property owner was negligent in maintaining the premises. Slip-and-fall cases have different rules depending on whether the injury happened on commercial, residential or governmental property. There are also various federal and state laws that apply to each kind of circumstance.
Common examples of cases
• Falling at commercial establishments caused by liquids or foreign substances
• Slipping caused by extreme weather conditions (ice, rain, etc.)
• Tripping caused by unsafe property conditions such as damaged floors or stairs, inadequate lighting or damaged sidewalks
• Construction site accidents
Why it’s important to act quickly
If you’ve been injured on someone’s property or in a public place, contact a personal injury lawyer right away. There are time limits for personal injury lawsuits, so it’s important to act immediately.
You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and/or repair of the property. Don’t delay. Talk with a premises liability lawyer now so you can focus on getting better and moving on with your life.