Every year in the U.S., people are injured more often in slip and falls than they are in many other common types of accidents. Some of the reasons why slip and fall accidents occur is due to wet conditions in a store, tumbling down a staircase after a defect has been found, and uneven floors. What do you do when you have been injured on a property that was not your own because you slipped and fell? You know that it was due to a dangerous condition and now you’re left with serious injuries and medical bills that keep piling up against you. How do you move forward?
What Property Owners Owe You
When you have been invited onto a property such as a business, where you are a consumer trying to make purchases, the store owner knows that you and many others will be utilizing the services on that property and are expected to keep it reasonably safe from harm. So what happens if a storeowner welcomes you onto the property but there are many dangerous conditions present? According to the standard duty of care, these dangerous conditions should be fixed well before a consumer wanders onto the property.
For instance, if a floor was slippery for a long time before the condition was cleaned up, the property owner reasonably “should have known” that the floor was slippery and did nothing to fix the condition. What if you slip and fall and are seriously injured and a witness tells you that they slipped a few hours earlier in that same condition? What if they then tell you that they alerted the storeowner about the condition but that nothing was done and it was left all over the floor? This is very serious and could lead to liability by the storeowner. You will have to show how long you believe the hazardous condition existed or if there was a routine in the store to check for hazardous conditions, if there were any warning signs present, or if there was adequate lighting in that area.
How Liability Can Be Turned Around
The last thing you want is for a liable party to turn the accident case around on you and attempt to blame it on you. What if the property owner says that there was a sign present at the time when you slipped and fell but that you ignored it and walked into that area anyway? However, the way you see it, there was no sign there, or perhaps the sign was turned the wrong way or not close to the area so that you weren’t able to see it until it was too late and the accident already happened. If you can show any of these elements, you will be able to build a case against the property owner and should that they, indeed, are liable for your accident.
If you believe that the other party in your slip and fall case has avoided a dangerous condition and it caused your accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Some of these damages include things like past and future medical bills, lost wages, emotional suffering, and more in relation to your accident. At J.D. Haas & Associates, we want to help in your time of need when you were injured in a slip and fall case. Call us as soon as possible to get started at 952-345-1025.