Slip and fall lawsuits, or premises liability cases, occur when an individual is injured due to dangerous conditions on a property. While these incidents can seem minor at first, they can often lead to costly medical bills for the victim—not to mention emotional damages and stress. That's why it's important to know your rights in the event of a slip and fall incident. Rodzik Law Group has 28 years of experience handling slip and fall cases. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to handle such lawsuits properly and efficiently.
What Is a Slip and Fall Case?
A slip and fall occurs when someone slips, trips, or falls on another person's property due to dangerous conditions that were not adequately fixed or cleaned up by the property owner. This includes any type of hazard that could have been prevented if the property owner had taken proper steps in maintaining the property. Common causes of slip and falls are wet floors, uneven surfaces, broken stairs or railings, cluttered walkways, or objects left on the floor.
Who Is Liable?
In most states, the responsibility for premises liability lies with whoever owns or is responsible for maintaining the area where you fell. That said, there are some exceptions; in some states, liability may be shared between both parties if it was determined that both parties contributed to the conditions that caused your injury. It’s important to remember that even if you were partly responsible for your accident (for example, you were running in an area posted with “no running” signs), you may still be able to recover damages from other liable parties as long as their negligence contributed significantly to your injuries.
How Do I File a Slip and Fall Claim?
If you believe someone else is liable for your injuries due to their negligence in maintaining safe conditions on their property, then you can file a premises liability claim against them. The first step is collecting evidence from witnesses who saw what happened as well as photographs of the scene before it was changed by anyone else (such as employees cleaning up after the incident). You should also seek medical attention right away so that there is documentation of your injuries and how they were treated. Once you have all this information gathered together—along with proof of lost wages—you can file a personal injury lawsuit against those responsible for what happened. If successful, you will receive compensation for past medical expenses related to your injury along with any future medical expenses related to it (if applicable). You may also be awarded additional damages depending upon where you live; some states allow victims of personal injury claims additional punitive damages if they feel they deserve them based upon their circumstances.
Slip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries which require extensive medical treatment—and maybe even permanent disability—which makes it important to understand how to handle such situations. With 30 years of experience under its belt—Rodzik Law Group knows firsthand how complicated such cases can be; however with proper preparation these incidents don’t have to be disastrous financially either!
Take control of your case today! If you find yourself needing legal help because of slip-and-fall injuries, contact Rodzik Law Group today!