Slip and Fall Accidents
In personal injury law, the terminology “slip and fall” refers to cases where someone slips (or trips) and falls on another individual’s property and suffers injury. When you visit a business or private property, it’s reasonable to expect that the property has been maintained and that the risk of slipping and falling has been minimized. If the owner of the property was negligent and failed to perform the necessary maintenance or repairs, Makarone Law Firm personal injury lawyers will help you with a premise’s liability claim.
Common Causes of Slips (or Trips) and Falls
There are numerous property hazards and other potentially dangerous conditions that can cause a person to suffer injuries by slipping and falling. These hazards include:
- Cords running across walkways
- Debris or trash on floors or walkways
- Grease or oil on floors and walkways
- Icy, snowy, or wet driveways, parking areas, and sidewalks that haven’t been salted
- Liquid spills that haven’t been cleaned up
- Loose floorboards, mats, or rugs
- Poor lighting in hallways, outdoor walkways, and in stairwells
- Potholes in parking areas
- Recently mopped or waxed floors
- Stairways without handrails
If any of the above conditions caused you to injure yourself by slipping and falling, you should consider talking with a personal injury lawsuit from Makarone Law Firm.
Proving Negligence in a Slip and Fall Accident
If someone sustains a life-changing or catastrophic injury by slipping and falling, the owner of the property can be held liable and have to pay damages. In order to prove that the property owner was negligent, we must answer 2 questions:
- What caused you to slip and fall?
- Was anyone aware of the hazardous condition that caused you to slip and fall?
Slip and fall cases are founded in the laws regarding negligence. There can be no liability if there is no evidence of negligence. Therefore, you won’t be able to proceed with a slip and fall personal injury claim. In order to prove negligence, in this type of case, you must prove the following:
- The owner of the property did not maintain it or make the repairs required to correct the hazardous condition.
- The property owner’s failure to maintain or repair the property created a hazardous or potentially dangerous condition that caused your injuries.
- The owner of the property knew about the problem but failed to warn visitors about it.
Chances are high that you might be looking forward to filing a claim for compensation to cover the medical and other expenses including lost wages, pain and suffering after the incident. Thus, if you need more information about filing a personal injury claim or to discuss your slip and fall accident with a personal injury lawyer, call Makarone Law Firm today.