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The extensive experience Charney & Roberts has with slip and fall injuries help deliver you the results you need. Our client-centered approach provides you with aggressive legal representation that is sensitive to your slip and fall accident.
You may have been injured yourself or witnessed someone who slipped and fell and was injured on someone’s property. Did you wonder whose fault it was? Many times people want to blame the clumsiness of the victim, but often when an experienced personal injury lawyer investigates the facts, it can clearly be seen that a third party was at fault.
When people slip and fall or fall due to negligence on the part of a property owner, they sometimes blame themselves for the injury and simply walk away. However, some slip and fall injuries may involve more than just wincing and embarrassment. The severity of some injuries may not show up for days or even weeks.
If you have been injured through a slip and fall accident or fall on someone’s property or at work, your next step is to contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can advise you about your situation. Otherwise, you may be faced with expensive medical bills for something that was not your fault.
“Slip and fall” is a term for personal injury cases which arise when injury is caused when a person slips and falls as a result of a dangerous or hazardous condition on someone else’s property. Inside a building, dangerous conditions such as torn carpeting, abrupt changes in flooring, poor lighting, narrow stairs, or a wet floor can cause you to slip and hurt yourself. Outside a building, you may slip and fall because of rain, ice, snow or a hidden hazard, such as a gap or hard to see pothole in the ground. Slip and fall accidents can occur on commercial, residential or public property. Regardless of where they happen, all property or building owners have a certain level of responsibility (duty of care) to make sure an environment is safe.
Slip and fall accidents are the most common type of “premises liability” cases, which center on the question of a property owner’s duty to care for the property. Injury by fire or other accidents resulting from defects in the conditions of buildings also fall under this category.
Slip and fall cases are governed under negligence law. To win a premises liability claim, an injured victim has to prove either that the defendant created the hazard that led to the accident or that the defendant knew or should have known about the danger and had it removed or repaired. This can often be difficult to prove, since proving when a given hazard first appeared can be challenging.
Structural damages to a building, often due to age or wear and tear, can be a significant cause of injury. Uneven steps, parking lot potholes, cracked sidewalks, broken tiles, or torn carpeting can create dangerous situations for visitors to a building. As noted earlier, to prove negligence, we will have to prove that the property owner knew or should have known about the problem and failed to repair it.