It’s fair to say that some folks are graceful, and that others are more accident prone, but we’ve all had slips, trips and falls to one extent or another. This time of year phone inquiries regarding potential slip, trip and fall cases increase. This is partially due to the slippery, icey and wet conditions caused by Southeastern Wisconsin weather. But any time of year, in any kind of weather, falls can be dangerous. Injuries from a fall can be a simple as a bruise and scrape or extensive as broken necks, backs and torn ligaments. Some slip and fall injuries can be really serious. Action Law Offices offers a free case evaluation to assess the potential of your accident claim and learn about injuries you may have sustained from your fall.
According to the CDC, around 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized due to a fall injury, most often resulting from a head injury or hip fracture. Unfortunately, slips and falls are nearly impossible to prevent if you find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time. When they happen on someone else’s property they add a new dimension of complications.
Slip and Fall Scenario
So let’s say that you’re walking in the front area of a business, on public property and you slip and fall. It’s the middle of winter, and the sidewalk you’re walking on is icey. It had been snowing recently and the sidewalk also had a fresh light coat of snow on it. When you slipped, you twisted your wrist, injured your shoulder and sustained a nasty blow to the head. Your family thinks you may have suffered a small concussion. You miss work the next few days due to your pain. Does this slip and fall qualify for a personal injury lawsuit? The simple answer is…possibly.
Laws may vary by state, by nature of the business, by location, type of consumers served, amount of pedestrian traffic, etc. The reason behind the fall itself is also going to have a big impact on whether or not you may have a premises liability claim against a property owner. The details behind each situation must be evaluated individually as a unique case of circumstances.
If you have been injured by a slip-and-fall at a private property, apartment complex, restaurant or other public place, you may be entitled to financial relief for your damages. In some cases, this can include payment for your medical bills, lost wages, and any pain and also the suffering you have endured. The extremely tricky part, and the number one reason why you should contact a slip and fall attorney right away, is that you must prove that the property owner was truly negligent or careless beyond reason. Property owners certainly do have a legal responsibility to ensure that their property and premises is safe for patrons; they must take all necessary precautions to prevent situations from harming others. However, this language and these situations are not as “cut and dry” as one may think.
The free case evaluations from Action Law Offices are extremely helpful to answer questions about cases that involve fall injuries on someone else’s property. The accident attorneys are well versed in premises liability laws and more than happy to provide some free legal advice to steer you in the right direction. Learn about your legal rights and whether you may have a valid legal claim by requesting your free case evaluation today.
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