One minute you are shopping or getting up to leave a restaurant –the next you are flat on your back on the floor, in serious pain. Whether you are on someone’s residential or commercial property it is the owner’s duty to make sure the property is safe. Explore your options for obtaining compensation for your medical and other expenses resulting from someone else’s negligence.
Slip and fall accidents are often dangerous. Many falls result in serious, sometimes life altering injuries. According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) slip and fall accidents are far more common that we might expect.
Filing an Injury Claim
It is important to know that there are two important rules relating to filing a slip and fall injury claim in Vermont The two rules you need to be aware of are the comparative negligence rule, which may limit the amount you recover for injuries if you are partially responsible for the accident, and the statute of limitations.
The statute of limitations in a slip and fall case in South Carolina is usually the same one that applies to any personal injury case. Vermont statutes state you have three years to ask for a civil remedy for any personal injury or damage to personal property. Your slip and fall case hinges on whether or not owner of the property where the accident occurred took reasonable steps to keep the property safe and/or to prevent your accident from occurring. Was the owner of the property negligent? Did the stated negligence cause your slip and fall accident?
Not every slip and fall injury leads to the plaintiff filing a lawsuit. In fact, many of them are resolved via a settlement, but the most important thing is to file your claim as soon as possible to not only preserve evidence, but to make certain you are within the statute of limitations timeline.