Each year, thousands of people suffer injuries – some very serious – when they slip and fall on defective stairs, rough surfaces or wet floors. If you are hurt in a slip and fall, you may be able to pursue compensation for your injuries from the property’s owner.
To win your case, you must prove negligence on the part of the property owner or management. Basically, this means that you have to convince the court that dangerous conditions existed on the property and the property or business owner either knew or should have known about these conditions and taken measures to fix them.
Can you identify what caused your fall?
Can you identify the hazardous condition that resulted in your slip-and-fall accident?
Some of the hazards that can cause slip and fall include:
- Poor lighting or absent lighting
- Leaking taps that result in slippery floors
- Torn carpets or rugs that don’t have any non-skid baking
- Trash, food or liquids that have spilled on the floor
Identifying the cause of the fall can make it easier for you to show that you didn’t merely stumble over your own shoelaces or feet.
Have there been prior incidents?
You may not be the first to slip and fall while on the property. Chances are many people might have slipped and fallen thanks to the torn carpet or poorly lit staircase or uneven steps. If there have been previous incidents, they may come to light during the discovery process and strengthen your claim.
When you’ve been seriously hurt in a slip and fall, don’t let an insurance company or property owner devalue your claim. You have rights, and those rights deserve full legal protection.