If you are injured in a slip and fall accident, you might be overwhelmed with incoming medical bills, lost time from work and ongoing pain and suffering that goes beyond financial concerns. You might be wondering where you will find the resources to keep your family afloat while you recover from your fall, and the entire situation may be taking a sizeable toll on your overall well-being.
While some slip and fall accidents are minor and require only minimal recovery time, others are much more serious and require the liable party to compensate the injured party for their negligence. It is not uncommon for even young people to suffer fractured knees and elbows or chipped teeth.
When a slip and fall accident occurs because a person or entity, as the property owner where the fall happened, fails to act responsibly, the injured party may be entitled to compensation.
David Bressman specializes in helping injured individuals obtain the restitution that is due to them for medical bills lost wages and pain and suffering in cases where a property owner caused harm, whether intentionally or unintentionally. If you believe you’ve been injured because of the negligence of another party, contact David Bressman for guidance for your case.
Proving Liability in a Slip and Fall Case
Even when a property owner is clearly at fault, it is sometimes difficult to pinpoint responsibility in a slip and fall case. Consider the following factors when reviewing your case and discuss what type of documentation or follow-up is needed with your attorney to ensure a successful outcome.
• The unsafe situation that caused your fall must have been caused by the property owner or other responsible person (such as an employee of the property owner). In order for a slip and fall case to be successful, you must be able to prove that some sort of negligence or wrongdoing caused your injury.
For example, poorly maintained walkways, broken steps or hazardous objects left in areas of frequent foot traffic could contribute to a fall and resulting injuries.
• You must be able to prove that another person in the same situation (another property or homeowner) would have remedied the situation that caused your accident. A common defense for property owners is to claim that they were unaware of the hazard prior to your slip and fall. Be prepared to demonstrate how this is unlikely or how another more responsible person would have been able to identify and correct the situation in a timelier and appropriate manner.
Additionally, you must be able to prove reasonable behavior on your part. If you were roughhousing or perhaps running in an area posted with “No Running” signs then you will likely have a fight with the defendant on your hands.
• There must have been ample time for the property owner to see the hazard and correct it. For example, a spilled soda that happened only seconds before your fall is something that may have been out of control of a gas station attendant to remedy in the allotted timeframe. However, a broken step on a business’s stairwell that shows wear on the broken edges can be proven to have been that way for some time.
Call David Bressman for a Consultation
David Bressman specializes in personal injury and premises liability cases. He specializes in ensuring that injured individuals receive the compensation and care they deserve. If you’ve sustained an injury in a slip and fall accident, you can call David Bressman to review your case. Call 877-538-1116 to schedule a consultation.