Some Food For Thought While They Apply The Cast
Posted On behalf of Pfeifer Morgan & Stesiak on Apr 21, 2011 in Advice
If you've been injured in a slip and fall, you may be entitled to damages for your injuries, and for income you were unable to earn because you could not go to work after your injury. However simple a slip-and-fall case may seem on the surface, they often involve a number of complicating factors.
Here are a few to consider:
- Who is at fault? If you've fallen because of unsafe conditions, who caused those conditions? Were you hurt while you were somewhere that should normally be safe for travel, like stairs or a sidewalk, or were you climbing a tree? If you were on someone else's property (for example, a business), and in an area that is normally traveled by the public, there's a good chance that the property owner is responsible for the upkeep of the premises.
- Were you on public property? Some (but not all) municipalities have laws exempting themselves from liability in cases such as a slip-and-fall. However, if you were injured on a public street or sidewalk, theremay stillbe a case for negligence against the municipality.
- Was anyone else there? If your case goes to court, it may be helpful to call a witness, who can establish for the court that you were not engaging in any inherently dangerous activities when you were injured.
- Did you receive medical care after your injury? Not only is it important for your health to be sure that any lasting effects of your injury are treated early on, it is also helpful for establishing your legal case to show that your injury was in fact real, and incurred real physical and monetary costs.
These are just a few of the factors which contribute to what at first sight might appear to be a relatively simple case.
If you think that you may have a case against a property owner for slip-and-fall damages, contact Pfeifer, Morgan, and Stesiak, and have a free, no obligation consultation. They'll let you know whether or not you have a case, and what you can do next to pursue a suit.
Slipping and falling is extremely painful; fortunately, getting the right legal representation isn't.