With the internet full of videos fails – those captured moments of people being injured because of their dangerous choices, it may be confusing, and embarrassing to admit to a slip and fall. But, when you fall because someone or a business is careless and creates or ignores a hazard, that isn’t your fault. And if you are physically hurt because of their actions or neglect, it is your right to sue them for your medical costs, and potentially more.
Slip (or trip) and fall cases can be hard to prove as there are several components involved in determining responsibilities of both parties, however it is better to speak to a lawyer about it before determining that you don’t have a case. Here are some examples of legitimate slip and fall cases:
Wet algae builds up on a sidewalk over time because of a leaky water system, and a client leaving the property slips and falls, spraining an ankle.
A client falls down the stairs because there is stair damage the property owners where aware of and failed to mark or fix.
A customer at a grocery store slips while getting produce after an employee neglected to replace non-slip mats.
A customer slips on a clear spill that was reported but not cleaned up that blocked an exit to a building.
A construction site fails to block off a trench area overnight.
Proving a Slip and Fall Case
Typically, a jury will provide a verdict in a slip and fall case after considering whether or not the business or person who caused the accident was aware of the dangerous situation, did nothing to correct the situation, or actually went as far as to create the hazard. The jury will also look at evidence as to whether the injured person was, or should have been, aware of the potential risk.
Your lawyer can help you determine the strength of your case so that you can get the compensation you need to cover your medical expenses from the accident, income from time lost from work, pain and suffering, property damage as a result of the slip/trip and potentially other damages.
Don’t let embarrassment keep you from talking to a lawyer. You won’t know if you have a case unless you call, so please put your mind at ease and give us a call today for a free consultation. Serving the Greater Phoenix for over 20 years, Simon Law Group would like to earn your trust as a local personal injury attorney. Remember, when it comes to slip and fall cases, Experience Matters.