A slip and fall accident occurs when a person slips, trips, or falls and is injured while on someone else’s property. These accidents are also called premise liability claims because they arise on the premises owned or maintained by another person. When an individual is on the property owned or maintained by a business or another person, he or she typically fits into one of three categories – invitee, licensee or trespasser. This distinction is very important and determines the duty of care owed to the injured person. Examples of dangerous conditions that may cause a slip and fall accident include:
- Wet or slippery floors
- Poor and inadequate lighting
- Uneven surfaces
- Missing warning signs
- Worn or torn carpeting
- Employee negligence
- Faulty stairs or stair railing
- Cleaning or maintenance during
- Falling objects from high shelves
- Store hours
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, a skilled lawyer at Charles G. Pitman Attorneys at Law, LLC can help you. At our firm, we strongly believe in protecting the rights and interests of those people who have been injured in a slip and fall accident because of another person’s negligent or wrongful conduct. We offer a free consultation to discuss your slip and fall injuries and to determine what we can do to help you get your life back on track.
Slip and Fall Accidents and Injuries
A slip and fall accident can have serious consequences. A victim may sustain a serious neck injury, back injury, broken bones, a broken hip, head trauma and more. These injuries may result in extensive medical care, medical bills, and continued medical treatment, as well as the victim’s inability to work for an extended period of time. By working with a slip and fall lawyer at our firm, you will have the opportunity to seek and recover the financial compensation you need to pay for your injuries and other out-of-pocket expenses.
Fortunately, a slip and fall injury victim can seek assistance from a personal injury lawyer in order to file a claim against the property owner for negligence in maintaining his or her property. If it is found that the property owner was negligent, failed to provide adequate warnings, and caused or failed to repair a dangerous situation on their property, you may be able to recover a financial award to pay for medical expenses, lost wages, emotional trauma, and pain and suffering.
However, it is important to be aware that the property owner may try to say the incident was your responsibility, that you should have been paying better attention or that you were partially at fault. Usually, the defense attorney’s first argument is that the particular problem or defect was open and obvious. In addition, just because an individual was injured on someone else’s property does not always mean they are legally liable. Your attorney will need to prove through evidence the property owner is legally responsible and should therefore be held accountable for all of your injuries and damages.
Contact the experienced slip and fall injury attorneys at Charles G. Pitman Attorneys at Law, LLC to see if you have a case. You can reach us by calling us toll-free at 256-533-5000, or by completing the form on this page.