In an instant, a fall can lead to permanent injuries or chronic pain that degrades your quality of life. If you have fallen on an icy sidewalk or tripped on a cracked floor, you may be entitled to compensation. After seeking medical care, you should call an attorney who may be able to start working on your case. Consultations may be free, which means that you don’t have to let money stand in the way of seeking justice.
What Types of Compensation Are Available in a Slip and Fall Case?
Those who have been injured through no fault of their own in a slip and fall accident may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. Compensation may help those who have missed work or can no longer work pay their bills and provide for their families. For instance, you may be granted reimbursement for medical bills and other upfront costs incurred to help manage your physical or emotional pain.
However, it is possible that your attorney will work with a medical provider to ensure that you don’t have to pay your medical bills until your case is resolved. If that happens, your doctors and other medical providers will simply be paid by the defendant after the case is resolved.
How to Prove Negligence in a Slip and Fall Case
When someone is hurt because he or she was involved in an accident on another person’s property, that property owner is generally responsible for financial damages. However, this assumes that the property owner was actually negligent. The owner of the premises only owes a duty of care to those who were invited onto the property or were otherwise allowed to be there.
If an accident victim was a trespasser, he or she is less likely to receive compensation. An accident victim may also be less likely to collect compensation if he or she is deemed to be partially responsible for his or her injuries. Therefore, an attorney will look to keep your liability to a minimum by showing that you were an invited guest who was hurt because a property owner failed to provide a safe environment for you.
Businesses Could be Cited or Fined For Creating Dangerous Conditions
It is possible that a business owner could be cited or fined for creating dangerous conditions inside of his or her store. This may be true whether or not a customer, vendor or worker was hurt in a particular case. Therefore, those who own their own business have a greater incentive to make sure that their sidewalks are free from ice and that there are proper warning signs alerting individuals to wet floors or any other dangerous conditions that may exist. While fining a company may not directly benefit an injured victim, it could spur changes that will prevent anyone else from getting hurt in the future.
Landlords or Government Agencies May Also Be Liable for Injuries
A landlord is responsible for ensuring that a tenant has a clean and safe place to live in. If a wire shorts out or a balcony railing comes loose, the landlord must take action to mitigate that danger as soon as he or she finds out about it. If a government agency fails to clear gravel from a road or fails to salt a public sidewalk, that agency could be held liable for damages caused by a fall due to slippery conditions.
Don’t let injuries caused by slipping and falling interfere with your ability to provide for yourself and your family. Instead, it may be best to seek legal counsel and start the process of obtaining the compensation that you deserve. No matter how long the case takes to resolve, your attorney will be by your side seeking the most favorable outcome in the matter.