Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere — on sidewalks, staircases, railways, and floors of store premises. Poor maintenance and old equipment are often the reasons behind a slip and fall injury. Other conditions such as excessive clutter in a department store, old or torn carpets, and inadequate supervision in common passageways after heavy rains, snow, or ice, can also lead to slip and fall accidents.
If you or a family member is injured due to a slip and fall, you may be entitled to compensation.
Proving A Slip-and-Fall Injury
Slip and fall cases pose challenges for the injured party because the negligence of the party or entity owning or controlling the premises can be difficult to prove. Not everyone injured in a slip and fall accident may claim compensation. To pursue a claim successfully, an injured party must not have been negligent himself, or must not have contributed to the slip and fall.
Their injuries must not have been pre-existing or any claim for a slip and fall accident may fail.
At the Law Offices of Samuel I. Kane, we examine each case of slip and fall closely, particularly at the degree of negligence from the person or entity potentially responsible for the accident and of our client.
What to Do When Injured in a Slip and Fall
As in any other case where someone suffers a physical injury, it is vital for an injured person to seek medical treatment immediately. After obtaining medical attention, you should be able to consult with a licensed attorney who can ensure that mandatory tort claim notices are timely filed.
Where the accident involves government-owned property, the injured party must file a notice of tort claim within a specified time in order to preserve the personal injury claim.
A licensed attorney can also determine the degree of negligence, the location of negligent occurrence, the person at fault, and other legal steps to preserve your claim for personal injury.
Rights of an Injured Person in a Local Grocery Store
A local grocery store has a duty of care to its customers to ensure a safe and hazard free environment for customers whose attention may not be on the walkway but on the store shelves as they shop for their needs.
Liability for Slip-and-Fall Accident in the Workplace
As a rule, anyone who suffers injury at work due to the negligence of the employer has the exclusive remedy of pursuing a Workman’s Compensation Claim. This rule has certain exceptions that a licensed attorney can assess based on the actual circumstances of a slip and fall accident.
Slip and Fall in Apartment Stairwell
The owner of an apartment complex has a legal duty to maintain a safe and hazard free environment, including the staircase, poolside, or anywhere in the apartment complex. If that duty of care is breached, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your physical injuries, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Liability for slip and fall on public and private sidewalks
Whether the sidewalk is publicly or privately owned, the duty of the owner to maintain a safe and hazard free walkway remains.
Liability for Slip and Fall in an Airport
When a slip and fall accident happens in an airport, it is important to determine the exact location of the accident in order to establish legal responsibility for the injury.
Special attention is required when the accident occurs on premises that are owned and/or controlled by a city, county, or state, which require timely filing of a notice of tort claim.
How The Law Offices of Samuel I. Kane Can Help
Our firm offers a free, no-obligation consultation in order to assess your situation and advise you on all legal options available in your case. We can sort through the legal issues in your case, provide an opinion on your rights and responsibilities, and the potential outcome of pursuing a civil claim for damages arising from your slip and fall. Call today to speak to personal injury attorney Samuel I. Kane and for assistance with your claim (575) 526-5263.