Slip and Falls

slip and fall sign

Slips and falls can lead to serious injuries, especially for those who already have pre-existing conditions, such as an elderly person with a bad hip. When your fall is caused by negligent behavior, meaning that the property owner knew about the unsafe conditions and did nothing to correct it, you are entitled to make a personal injury claim against the company or person involved.

Slips and falls can happen for a number of reasons:

  • A restaurant forgot to put a slippery when wet sign up

  • A public sidewalk is uneven

  • A resident or business fails to shovel snow and remove ice from the path people will use to enter the building

  • A business has uneven floors and fails to correct this or place proper signage within a reasonable amount of time

Proving Liability

The proof falls on you, the plaintiff, to show that the defendant reasonably could have known about and prevented the issue that caused your fall. You will not want to handle filing a personal injury claim by yourself; instead, you should hire a lawyer who has dealt with these kinds of cases before and knows what kind of evidence to look for in these situations. If you slip and fall in a place where you would expect to be reasonably safe, it’s crucial to write down details and witnesses’ contact information so that this can be used by your attorney when building your case.

Conditions of the fall are taken into consideration. For instance, if the injured party is intoxicated and falls on a park sidewalk, the case is weakened, and liability will be harder to prove. It is also important to note that the property owner must have acted deliberately or with negligence. If an employee at a fast food restaurant spills a drink and fails to clean it up or post a wet floor sign, when you trip and fall, you will be able to make a claim against them.

The Time to File Your Claim is Now

It is important to act quickly in these types of cases before evidence is lost or the statute of limitations is met. Meet with Ed Smith today for a free consultation, and he will go over the facts of your case with you to see if a claim can be made.  Ed’s insider knowledge of insurance companies and premises liability will work toward earning you the settlement you deserve for your pain, suffering, medical bills, or loss of wages incurred during your recovery.