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Resources - Slip & Fall Personal Injury Cases

SLIP-AND-FALL PERSONAL INJURY CASES

A Lawyer Experienced With Personal Injury Can Navigate Through the Legal Process

In a slip-and-fall case, having a personal injury lawyer is vital because these situations can be complicated. Many people are injured each year when they slip and fall on a flight of stairs, on snow and ice, on a sidewalk, at work, at a construction site, or at some other hazardous location. But who is responsible for a personal injury slip-and fall-accident? There are certainly times when the property owner is responsible, but sometimes when he or she is not.

If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall case, having proper representation is vital as these cases can be complicated. There are general rules to consider when deciding who is responsible for a slip-and-fall injury. Courts will consider whether

• the owner of the property caused the accident by allowing the spill, worn area, or slippery/dangerous surface;
• the owner knew about the dangerous surface but did nothing about it; or
• the owner of the property should have known about it because a reasonable person would have discovered and repaired it.

The courts then look at whether the owner of the property was careful and reasonable. When determining the factors of a personal injury case, the law concentrates on whether the owner made regular efforts to keep the property safe and clean. If the court determines that the owner took steps to maintain the property, the case could go in his or her favor.

Lastly, you must consider whether your carelessness contributed to the accident. Carelessness in this case can mean something as simple as whether you had a legitimate reason to be in that particular spot when the accident happened, whether there were warning signs, whether a reasonable person would have noticed the danger, and more.

A lawyer experienced with personal injury can navigate through the legal process and assist in getting the proper compensation due. Don’t go it alone and make mistakes that could be costly in the long run.