Every year, millions of people suffer from slip and fall accidents, that often result in broken bones, fractures, lacerations and severe spinal injuries. To determine who is at fault in such a case, the property owner would have to be found liable for causing your injuries to occur.
This may be due to willful negligence on their part, by not up keeping their property, leaving hazardous conditions present and the act of letting property defects and hazards continue to go untreated.
A slip and fall case isn’t always cut and dry and that means just because you did have a slip and fall, doesn’t mean the owner of the establishment will be be immediately responsible.
If the owner took the proper steps to ensure safety signs were present, or were too busy to take care of a spill in time, then proving their liability will be difficult. They must be negligent in the keeping of their establishment to be held liable for your injuries.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Incidents
The laws regulating slip and fall cases are quite complex and only an experienced personal injury attorney can assist you in figuring out if your case is legitamte and worth pursuing.
Keep in mind the following:
Did the slip and fall occur because of a dark and poorly lit environment?
Was the spilt liquid on the ground long enough to the point the owner, or workers should have been aware of it?
If you tripped on an object, should it have been there in the first place, or somewhere else more safe?
Should you have been in the area where your slip and fall took place?
Were there any proper hazard signs visible and on display?
Could a “reasonable person” been able to avoid the slip and fall?
As you can see, there are many factors that go into determining the validity of your case. Simply tripping , or being clumsy does not mean you will have a real case, or a guarantee of a large settlement. If you are found to be responsible for the slip and fall and could have avoided it, then your case will be dropped. If you are found to have caused the slip and fall on purpose, then legal ramifications could possibly ensue.
Avoiding Slip and Falls
To avoid a slip and fall, you can remember to always wear proper shoes that have gipping rubber soles. Try to avoid flip-flops, as that is one of the major culprits in slip and fall incidents. Be situationally aware of your surroundings. Too many people have accidents because they aren’t paying attention.
Avoid texting while walking, as this distracts you from the area around you and may cause you to trip, or run into objects in the path around you. Read signs that are posted, that clearly state any cautions, or hazards that may be present and avoid those areas at all times.
It’s best to contact a personal injury attorney to go over the possibility of opening a case. If the slip and fall wasn’t your fault, then I guarantee I will be fighting in your corner to ensure you get all the compensation you deserve. While your recovering from your injuries, I’ll be working hard to secure the best possible settlement.
If you or someone you know suffered from a slip and fall injury, then contact a slip and fall attorney at the Law Office of Mark Balali Esq. Call NOW, for a FREE consultation at: (310) 431-9774, or online and social media.