Slips, trips, and falls are more common than you might think. And they cause more than just embarrassment or comedic relief. Thousands of people are injured each year due to slip and fall injuries. Most of those injuries are preventable.
Of course, not all slip and fall injuries are due to another party’s negligence. Sometimes accidents happen. But if you’ve been injured due to hazardous conditions on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation.
With any injury, your first priority is to seek immediate medical care if it’s an emergency. If you have a head injury or suspect internal bleeding, call an ambulance.
If your injuries don’t require urgent attention, take photos of the area where you fell. Be sure to include any conditions that contributed to your slip.
Report your fall to the management or property owner right away. This prevents anyone else from being injured by dangerous conditions. It also can provide valuable documentation to support your claim.
Continue treatment for as long as your medical provider recommends. Even if you don’t feel seriously injured initially, it’s important to make sure you are properly diagnosed.
Contact a personal injury lawyer right away. You’ll want their help filing a personal injury claim to recover the financial losses related to your injuries.
Types of Compensation from Slip and Fall Claim
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Not all slip and fall incidents are attributed to the property owner’s negligence – but many are. At least half are caused by walkway conditions, and many other hazards can cause harm. If a property owner fails to take reasonable care to protect others, they may be held liable.
Common Causes of Slip/Trip and Fall Accidents
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If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall, there’s a chance that you are considered at least partially responsible. Comparative or contributory negligence refers to your duty to exercise reasonable care for your own safety.
If you were injured in Kentucky, it’s a pure comparative fault state. The value of your claim depends on the extent that you were responsible for your fall. If you were 10% at fault and the settlement is $10,000, your settlement will be $9,000. If you’re 60% at fault, your settlement will be $4,000.
Examples of Comparative Liability Factors
If you were injured in Indiana, you can only recover damages if your liability is less than half the liability of the property owner. If you were 20% at fault and the settlement is $10,000, your settlement will be $8,000. If you were more than 50% at fault, you will not receive a settlement.
If that sounds overwhelming, don’t worry – you don’t have to navigate this on your own. Your best bet is to work with a seasoned slip and fall attorney who can advocate for you.
A spill in the grocery store. A patch of ice that the restaurant should have cleared. Most of us feel pretty comfortable holding a business owner responsible for the damages caused by their negligence.
But what if you’ve been injured in somebody’s home?
If you cringe at the thought of a lawsuit against someone you know, bear in mind:
We’re happy to talk you through how a personal injury claim against a homeowner would proceed. And we’ll never pressure you to take action that you don’t want to take.
Emery Law Office has been fighting on behalf of slip, trip and fall victims for years. Contact us for a FREE initial consultation.