Tripping and falling sometimes isn’t the harmless, yet embarrassing, accident we make it out to be; sometimes it can leave a person with very real physical and emotional scars, especially if they were under the impression that the owner of a given piece of property had a responsibility to prevent it from happening.
Luckily, the justice system does protect you if you fall on another’s property and shouldn’t have; in fact, such a situation falls under personal injury law. Read on to learn the details and discover if you may have a viable case.
Personal Injury and Falls: Combining Concepts
A fall is pretty easy to understand, but personal injury law? That’s a bit trickier. Generally and broadly speaking, a personal injury lawyer helps someone who is directly injured by someone else’s negligence or lack of care. In other words, someone else had the responsibility to ensure you didn’t fall, but failed to uphold it.
The keywords here are negligence or lack of care. If the entity did everything they could to prevent a fall and one still happened, or they didn’t know the hazard existed, the case may not be winnable by the person seeking a personal injury attorney—but we’ll cover that topic in a bit.
Where Can a Personal Injury Due to a Fall Occur?
Quite a lot of places! Both public and private properties can both play host to these occurrences. A few specific examples:
● Icy driveways
● Uneven curbs
● Cluttered common areas
It’s also important to note that state law has a big effect on how the wheres and hows of this sort of personal injury case are dealt with, so always consult with an injury lawyer if you have questions.
Do I Have a Winnable Fall Case?
Only an injury attorney can tell you for sure. Fall cases are complex and multifaceted, often requiring the assessment of multiple factors to form a cohesive argument.
For example, your injury attorney will want to know about the presence, or lack thereof, of warning signs on the premises, but they’ll also want to know if the hazard was visible, and if a reasonable person would have worked to avoid it. Central to their concerns will also be if the entity allegedly responsible for the injury was expecting people on the property.
JD Haas: Ready to Hear Your Story
Our Minneapolis team of personal injury attorneys is here to bring you the compassion and justice you deserve. Give us a call today at 952-345-1025. In addition to Minneapolis, we serve the Rochester, Bloomington, and Saint Paul areas.