Slip and fall accidents can occur anywhere and at anytime, resulting in serious injuries that may not cause symptoms for days. These accidents are often caused by property owners who fail to maintain their property or warn of dangerous conditions.
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a slip and fall accident, you may be able to seek compensation for medical bills related to your injuries, lost wages, and pain and suffering, among other damages. In these situations, I recommend retaining the services of an experienced lawyer.
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How Do I Know If I Have a Slip and Fall Case?
A number of factors will need to be considered to determine whether the property owner failed to provide a safe environment, such as the length of time the hazard was present. This is why it is best to consult with a lawyer. Our firm is ready to assess if you have a valid case at no cost to you.
While each case is unique, you generally need to prove a few things to have a valid case:
• The existence of a dangerous or hazardous condition on the property
• The property owner was aware or should have been aware of the dangerous condition
• He or she failed to prevent or fix the dangerous condition or failed to warn visitors about it
• The dangerous condition was the direct cause of you sustaining an injury on the property
Compensation for Slip and Fall Victims
A slip and fall accident can cause a variety of injuries, depending on how the victim fell and landed. Serious injury to the back, neck and spine often requires extensive medical care and physical therapy. In severe cases, a slip and fall victim may become disabled, requiring around-the-clock care.
The compensation amount you may be eligible to receive will be based on your unique situation, from the type and extent of your injury to treatments you have undergone and your expected recovery time.
I am prepared to pursue the maximum compensation possible for your injuries and damages. Past and future medical bills routinely make up a large portion of a personal injury settlement or verdict, including the cost of:
• Hospital stays
• Emergency services
• Surgical procedures
• Physical therapy
• Doctor’s visits
• Imaging and diagnostic tests
If you have a valid claim, you may also be able to recover loss of income while being unable to work and loss of earning capacity if your injury has become permanent and you can no longer maintain employment.
In the event you are partially to blame for the slip and fall, you may still be compensated, but your compensation amount will be reduced based on your percentage of fault. This is in accordance with Vermont’s comparative negligence rule. Under this law, you can recover compensation so long as your percentage of fault does not exceed 50%.
Why Should I Hire a Lawyer to Help Me?
When you hire an experienced slip and fall lawyer, you can rest assured that he or she will protect your rights and best interests. Victims who retain legal representation often receive more compensation than those who do not.
Here are some of the defenses often used by property owners in slip and fall cases:
• You were not allowed on the property or in the area you were injured
• The dangerous or hazardous condition should have been obvious to you
• You were not paying attention to where you were walking on the property
• You were not wearing the right footwear while on the property
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Establishing Liability for Your Slip and Fall Injury
All property owners have a duty to protect their visitors from dangerous conditions. Under state law, when a property owner fails to exercise reasonable care, he or she may be held liable for any damages.
Your legal status at the time of the slip and fall accident may also impact your claim for compensation. Generally, visitors are considered one of the following:
An invitee is someone who is invited by the owner to enter the property for business-related purposes. This includes retail, grocery, restaurant and retail customers. Invitees are owed the highest duty of care.
Merchants, for instance, must keep the aisles, passageways and floors of a store in a reasonably safe condition. A merchant could be held responsible for injuries to invitees if it can be proven that the dangerous condition presented an unreasonable risk of harm, he or she should have known that the condition existed and the merchant did not take the appropriate care to fix the issue.
A licensee is someone who has the owner’s expressed permission to enter the property for non-business purposes. This includes friends, family members and neighbors. A property owner could be held responsible for injuries to licensees if he or she failed to warn them of any unreasonable risks.
A trespasser is someone who enters the property without the owner’s permission. Property owners do not owe a duty to trespassers – this includes keeping the property free from hazards – but they could be held liable if they intentionally cause a trespasser harm.
Where Slip and Falls Commonly Happen
Slip and fall accidents can happen in different public and privately-owned properties, such as:
• Grocery stores
• Shopping centers
• Construction areas
• Office buildings
• Hotels and resorts
• Nursing homes
• Parking lots and public garages
Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
When a property is not properly maintained by the owner, some dangerous conditions that may result in a slip and fall include, but are not limited to:
• Wet or slippery floors
• Cracked or damaged tiles
• Loose flooring or carpeting
• Damaged stair rails or treads
• Uneven surfaces and sidewalks
• Poorly-lit walkways
• Debris in aisles, hallways or walkways
• Parking lot potholes
Slip and fall accidents cause many types of injuries including:
• Broken bones
• Cuts and bruises
• Sprained ankles or wrists
• Shoulder dislocations or muscle strains
• Spine and nerve damage
• Traumatic brain injuries
I am a Vermont Slip and Fall Attorney and am Here to Help
If you have been involved in a slip and fall accident, please call me for a free consultation. You may be eligible to pursue compensation for your injures and damages. We have recovered millions in compensation for our clients over more than 40 years.
Our initial consultations are completely free and confidential. You are not obligated to hire our firm even after we determine your claim has merit. We also work on a contingency fee basis, so there are no upfront fees for our services. We only get paid if we help you recover compensation.
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