If you were injured while on someone else’s property you may need to learn a thing or two about premises liability law. Some of the most frequently filed types of premises liability lawsuits involve slip and fall personal injury cases. Many slip and fall accidents are caused by substances or foods being spilled on the floor of a store or restaurant. Things like water, or basically any liquid, food, or ice are very commonly found in restaurants or grocery stores and are a slip and fall hazard. These substances can make the floor slippery or sticky, thus causing an accident. Other slips and falls may be caused by uneven surfaces, things like a hole in the floor or defective or poorly maintained floors and stairs.
Premises liability law cases aren’t limited to just slip and fall incidents.They may also include improper lighting. Also included might be things such as inadequate security, and unsafe building design or construction. If something falls on you, such as an item off a shelf in a store, you may have suffered injuries in which you may have a premises liability lawsuit. The owner or the occupier of the property where you were injured may be held liable for those injuries.
A slip and fall can happen anywhere and anyplace, most often when you least expect it. Among the most common places for a trip and fall accident to occur is in restaurants,grocery stores, driveways, department stores, sidewalks, banks and even hospitals. Slip and fall claims also can result from an owner or occupier who has failed to take proper steps to shovel the snow, or adequately clean up something spilled on the floor, or who has unsafely placed items on a shelf. It is a responsibility of a business to have good procedures for preventing slips trips and falls in their establishment.
Property owners owe anyone who is legally on the property a duty of due care. The law says that it is reasonable to expect that the premises are maintained reasonably and in a safe manner. If injuries are caused by the negligence of a person or entity, such as a business, or governmental agency, the injured person has the right to seek and collect for their damages.
It is advisable that if you have been injured while on someone else’s property you should seek out proper legal help. An advantage of hiring a personal injury attorney is that he or she will be there to guide you through the complicated maze of Drs. and treatment and recovering for your losses. Hiring an attorney does mean that there is an additional expense out of the settlement proceeds. However; statistics clearly show that personal injury lawyers generally settle cases for a larger amount than in cases where someone just settles themselves with the insurance company involved. Don’t risk not getting everything you are entitled to, contact a qualified premises liability lawyer immediately after your slip and fall injury accident.