Slip-and-Fall Accidents: The Essentials
Slip-and-fall accidents can happen anywhere, and many could have been prevented if the property owner had taken precautions to protect visitors. Several big-box stores have had millions in judgments against them for failing to clean up spills in a timely manner.
A slip-and-fall case can be made against the person who owns the property, as well as any company that the owner has contracted with to maintain the property. In general, property owners can be held liable for falls resulting from wet floors, improper removal of snow and ice, poor lighting, and hidden hazards, such as holes in the ground.
In order to be held liable for those conditions, the owner or an employee must have caused the dangerous condition, must have known about the dangerous condition and done nothing about it, or should have known about the condition (such as being warned about slippery stairs several times and refusing to fix the issue).
The thing that will make your case is evidence. What was the condition of the property at the time of the fall? Did you report your fall to the management of the property? Did you take photographs of the area at or around the time of the fall? Did you go to the doctor and have documented injuries that cause significant medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering? Additionally, did anyone witness the fall that could testify about the incident?
An experienced premises liability lawyer like Castle Law Office will be able to help you prove that the property owner was negligent and help you receive the settlement you deserve.
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