Slip and Fall

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Slip and Fall

What is Slip and Fall?

A Slip and fall legal case (as in a trip and fall case), is a type of personal injury lawsuit that arises when an individual is injured due to a hazardous condition on someone else’s property. These cases typically involve a person tripping, slipping, or falling and sustaining injuries as a result of a dangerous condition on the premises.

What is the Basis for a Slip and Fall Claim?

In a Slip and Fall case, evidence is crucial. It is essential to document the hazardous condition and collect any available witness statements or surveillance footage that can support the claim. Medical records and expert opinions may also be used to establish the extent of the injuries and their impact on the individual’s life.

Proving liability in trip and fall cases can be complex, as property owners may dispute their responsibility or argue comparative negligence, claiming that the injured person was partially at fault for the accident. It is recommended to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who can assess the specific circumstances of the case, gather evidence, and advocate for the injured person’s rights, helping to navigate the legal process and seek fair compensation for their injuries and damages.

To pursue a trip and fall legal case, certain elements must generally be established:

  1. Duty of care: The property owner or occupier must owe a duty of care to the injured person. This means they have a legal obligation to maintain the premises in a reasonably safe condition or provide warnings about known hazards.
    2. Hazardous condition: It must be shown that there was a hazardous condition on the property that caused the person to trip, slip, or fall. Examples of hazardous conditions include uneven or broken pavement, wet or slippery floors, inadequate lighting, obstacles or debris in walkways, or other dangerous conditions.
    3. Notice: The injured person must prove that the property owner or occupier had knowledge or should have had knowledge of the hazardous condition. This can be demonstrated by showing that the owner created the hazard, knew about it but failed to address it, or that the condition existed for a sufficient amount of time that the owner should have discovered and rectified it.
    4. Causation: It must be established that the hazardous condition was the direct cause of the person’s injuries. This requires demonstrating that the fall and resulting injuries were a foreseeable consequence of the dangerous condition.
    5. Damages: The injured person must have suffered actual damages, such as medical expenses, pain, and suffering, lost wages, or other related losses, as a result of the fall.

Do You Have Questions?

Below are a few of the most asked questions. 

Do you charge for a consultation?

No, all initial consulations are free of charge.

What about out-of-pocket fees?

No, you will not be asked to advance any out of pocket fees or costs. As an injury law firm A.H. Law, P.C. engages solely in contingency cases, meaning that we share (33.3% except medical malpractice) of the damages awarded. 

Who will work on my case?

An attorney expereinced in the area of your injury case. 

Does it matter how long I wait to file a lawsuit?

Yes, every claim is subject to a statue of limitations. 

How much can I expect to win?

Every case is different, so even cases in the same area (for example, medical malpractice) are unique -- circumstances, evidence, and damages differ greatly. 

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