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What You Need to Know About Slip and Fall Claims

Accidents happen and when they result from the negligence of someone else, the victim of an injury can sue under what is called a premises liability or “slip and fall” claim. But slip and fall claims can be complex and the burden of proof belongs to the victim or injured party. So here is what you need to know if you have been injured in a slip and fall accident.

Slip and fall accidents can result from a variety of different circumstances and can happen on private, commercial, or municipal properties. These can involve things like wet floors, inadequate lighting, or unsafe construction areas. Owners or managers of properties are obligated to keep them safe for people who use them. When they fail to do so, they can be liable for any injuries that result from these situations.

Liability can be proven if the owner or manager should have recognized and remedied the situation or the owner or manager actually created the hazard and did not take the precautions to remedy it knowing that it could foreseeably cause an accident.

Some questions that need to be asked when determining liability are:

How long had the hazard existed?
Did the owner or manager routinely inspect the property for safety hazards?
Was there a reasonable explanation for the hazard?
How difficult or expensive would it have been to repair or remedy the hazard?
Was there any attempt to warn anyone about the hazard?

Although slip and fall accidents may be minor, many serious injuries happen due to premise liability accidents, primarily with elderly victims or children. These accidents can include anything from bruises to traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. For more vulnerable people, these can often result in life-altering injuries.

Proving the Injury

When it comes to slip and fall injuries, it is the victim’s responsibility to prove the injury. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you should get medical attention immediately no matter how minor you think the injuries may be. In the case of brain injuries, symptoms of injuries can often take hours or even days to surface.

Collecting Evidence

Collecting evidence is very important to be able to document the nature of the accident. Photographs of the accident scene, the injuries, and the clothing and footwear that were worn should be collected after a slip and fall accident. Contact information of any witnesses should be collected as well as statements about what the witness saw.

Getting Legal Advice

If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, it is important that you get the professional legal advice of a personal injury lawyer. At Personal Injury Lawyer, we have collected millions of dollars in compensation for our clients who have been injured in slip and fall accidents. Call us today for a no-cost consultation to see if you have a valid slip and fall claim.