What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident
A “slip and fall” accident typically occurs when a person is injured after falling due to a dangerous condition on the premises where the fall occurred. Sixty percent of falls are caused by slipping or tripping, usually because of a foreign object, a flaw in the walking surface, a slippery surface or an impaired physical or mental condition.
When an accident occurs, you must decide to what degree your own carelessness may have attributed to the fall. If, however, the fall was due to a dangerous condition on the premises – spilled liquids or food, cracked sidewalks, objects on the stairs, ice and snow, broken floor tiles, uneven steps, potholes, dim lighting, missing handrails, etc. – the owner of the property may be responsible for your injuries. Falls may occur both inside and outside and, despite the use of the term “slip,” a fall from a stumble, twist, overextension or other movement due to an unsafe condition underfoot will qualify.
What You Should Know About Your Legal Rights
Being injured on someone else’s property can involve a wide range of circumstances, such as being introduced to a dangerous condition or situation, a slip and fall, or even an animal attack. It’s important to understand your rights under the law should one of these incidents arise.
What constitutes a dangerous condition or situation? Dog bites, slippery floors, objects falling on you, defective handrails, poorly lit walkways, or any number of other possibilities. In any case, you need to be aware that the owner of the property is usually responsible in the event that something happens to you as a result of one or more of these dangerous conditions. Filing suit, however, is not always a clean-cut issue.
What Can I Do With My Settlement Award?
You and your attorney have worked hard for this day to come. Now, all of your hard work and patience have finally paid off. You’ve either won your court case or you’ve reached a settlement. It’s finally all over, right? Not quite. Just because the court decided in your favor doesn’t mean that the judge hands you a check and you pack for Vegas.
Winning a settlement isn’t usually the end of the process. Even though a settlement has been awarded, there are often still obligations that have to be met. There are several steps that have to be taken to ensure that everyone involved in the case, that is entitled to compensation, receives it.
What Is “Proving Notice” in a Slip and Fall Case?
We go to the supermarket with the intention of buying groceries for the coming week. As we maneuver the aisles, our attention is fixed on comparing prices and choosing the right foods for our family. We rely on the management of the supermarket to provide a safe environment for us to accomplish this. But what happens if you slip and fall in their store? If your accident was in some way the result of negligence on the part of management, how do you provide proof?
This situation is called “proving notice” and becomes the responsibility of the victim. As the victim, you have to prove that, not only did a condition exist that caused you to fall and become injured in their establishment, but you also have to prove that they were aware that the condition existed. Having prior knowledge means that they were aware and still took no action to prevent the danger from affecting others.