I was recently involved in a car accident. Unfortunately, since it was my first accident, I was scatter-brained and anxious. What I did not realize at the time was that the actions you take immediately after the accident can affect a personal injury case and the outcome of that case. I wanted to find a way to share my experiences and mistakes with other. Since the Internet is so popular, I figured this would be a great way to do so. While you likely aren't planning on being in an accident soon, if you are, hopefully you remember some of the tips I share on this website.
It's not the most pleasant thing to have happen, but when a fall occurs, the person is typically ok with no injuries suffered. In other cases, however, a slip and fall can lead to serious injuries like broken arms or legs or even a concussion and cuts. This can lead to not being able to work and a loss of income.
It may be possible to sue if you have slipped and fallen due to someone else's negligence in keeping the sidewalk or floor in their store safe and clean to walk on. Here are some examples of when you could potentially sue a property owner or even your city if you have been injured in a fall.
Snowy Or Icy Sidewalk Or Walkway
Some of the most common slip-and-fall accidents involve people sliding on built-up ice and snow on sidewalks or walkways. This can lead to serious injuries including broken bones, cuts, sprains, and even head injuries. It's possible that you may have been injured on a snowy or icy sidewalk and are now unable to work for some time while you heal. You could potentially sue the city or property owner for negligence.
Personal injury law states that a city, town, or property owner has a responsibility to keep their sidewalks or walkways reasonably clear of built-up snow or ice that could be potentially dangerous to guests or walkers or they could be open to a lawsuit for damages. This includes an unnatural buildup of snow, such as when a snowplow piles the snow right where you need to walk to cross the street.
It can also be that the property owner didn't shovel a wide-enough path to their doorway or parking lot for their customers and this leads to a slip and fall on overly uneven snow and ice buildup. Contact your personal injury lawyer to see what your options are if this is the case.
Wet And Slippery Floors In A Store
Retail store floors can get wet and slippery due to snowmelt or rainwater accumulation too. If this isn't cleaned up, it can lead to a slip and fall. If a store employee was mopping the floor and didn't take the time to wipe up the excess water after cleaning and left it wet and slippery and you fell on that floor, you could have a case to sue the store for damages.
Your lawyer will tell you that personal injury law covers slips and falls due to negligence of store owners and employees for leaving their floors wet and slippery for their customers. This can lead to dangerous falls that could seriously injure customers and leave them unable to work for months.
Contact a law firm like the Law Office of Robert Karwin to learn more.