Slips, Trips and Falls
A slip and fall injury is a common occurrence with thousands of claims made each year. A property owner has an obligation to keep their property in a safe condition for those invited onto the property. If it can be proven that a property owner was negligent and knew or should have known about the dangerous or defective condition that caused a slip and fall, you may be compensated for your injuries.
Many victims suffer serious, life-altering injuries that can even result in wrongful death. Unlit stairwells, wet floors, and construction site defects can often have catastrophic results. You should know what to do in the event of a slip and fall accident. Our attorneys can help you understand the law and determine whether you are owed damages for the negligence of a property or business owner.
There are many factors to consider, such as previous complaints about an existing hazard, determining negligence of a business or property owner, and determining negligence, if any, of the individual injured. These are only a few of the factors that our firm will analyze when investigating your case. The conditions which caused your injury can disappear or be altered quickly. Consequently, it is important you contact an attorney quickly to investigate your claim.
Generally, you have three years from the date of the accident in which to bring a lawsuit. However, if the property is owned by a municipality, you must bring a Notice of Claim within ninety days of the accident or your claim may be denied. You also have an abbreviated time in which to commence your law suit.
It is important to take notice of and record what substance or object that caused you to trip or fall. If you slip, take note of the contents and general dimensions of the substance that caused it. Seek immediate medical attention after your fall. Immediately report the injury to the owner of the premises and, if possible, make out a written report detailing the date and time of the incident, where you fell, what you fell on and the dimensions of the material you fell on. If possible, immediately after the accident, take photographs of the condition or object to document what caused you to fall. Immediately obtain the names, phone numbers and addresses of any witnesses there might be.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a slip and fall injury and don't know what to do or if you still have a question that has not been answered, call us now.