Slip and Fall Lawyer
Need a Slip and Fall Lawyer?
Every year, so many people in Providence, Fall River, Boston, New Haven and Hartford suffer injuries when they slip and fall on someone else’s property. Injuries in a slip and fall are no laughing matter – they can include fractures, broken bones, head injuries and even spine injuries.
Slip and Fall Victims Deserve An Attorney
Property owners have a responsibility to maintain safe premises. That means that the owner must ensure floors are clutter-free, staircases are well-maintained, walkways are well-illuminated, and take other reasonable precautions to reduce the risk of a fall on his property.
To qualify as liable in a slip and fall accident, the owner’s actions must meet one of the following criteria.
- The property owner must have caused the defective condition.
- The property owner must have been aware of the dangerous condition, but failed to have done anything to remove the danger.
- The property owner should have known of the dangerous condition because any other reasonable person would have been aware of the danger.
Simply put, the property owner either must have known of the dangerous condition, should have known of it, or must have caused it. For example, a property owner could have caused a dangerous condition by mopping the floor of a grocery store and failing to place a warning sign. In another case, a property owner may have been aware of a spilled bottle of water but failed to remedy it. In another case, a property owner might have been unaware of the spilled water, but should have become aware of it within a reasonable amount of time.
Where Does It Happen?
The party liable for your accident will depend on where the accident occurred. Owners of various types of property can be liable for injuries. Below is a list of types of property on which a slip and fall accident may occur that could lead to legal liability for the owner.
- Personal residence
- Retail store
- Grocery store
- Office building
- Public building
- Parking garage
The laws vary by state as to the duty owed to a trespasser. Some states do not recognize trespassers as being entitled to compensation even when the property owner is negligent. Your slip and fall lawyer can help prove that you were not trespassing at the time of the accident. Once your lawyer establishes that you are owed a duty by the property owner we will focus on proving the landlord was negligent.
Why Does It Happen?
Certain types of surfaces can provide the perfect conditions for a slip and fall accident. The following conditions can increase the risk of a fall:
- Slippery or wet floors
- Accumulation of ice or snow
- Broken stairs
- Clutter on the floor
- Loose carpets or rugs
- Broken tiles on the sidewalk
- Unstable or shaky guardrails
- Electrical cords left unsecured
- Slippery walkways and driveways
- Parties Liable in a Slip and Fall Case
There are premises liability laws that allow injured persons to file a slip and fall accident claim. Speak to an attorney for advice on how to proceed.
Talk to an Experienced Slip and Fall Lawyer
Apart from liability in a slip and fall accident claim, you also may face questions about whether you, by your own negligence, were partly responsible for your injuries. Speak to an experienced slip and fall lawyer to discuss whether the property owner is liable for a hazard that caused your injury.
Contact attorney Rob Levine to discuss your claim today. We serve Providence, Boston, Fall River, New Haven, Hartford and surrounding communities. Call to set up your free consultation so you can review the details of your case.