One of the most common types of personal injury claims involves slip and fall accidents. Often, when someone slips and falls, it is purely by accident. However, simple clumsiness might not be entirely to blame. If your slip and fall was even indirectly caused by the negligence of the property owner, then they could be liable for your injuries. Here are some things to keep in mind if you ever happen to suffer from a slip and fall.
Right After a Fall
The first thing you should do after a slip and fall is to take note of all the details surrounding the incident. There are many factors that could have contributed to your slip and fall, in particular, those involving the property you were on. If there were certain hazards present, like water on the floor from a leaky pipe, then it will need to be determined whether those hazards were the result of the negligence of the property owner.
Property Owner Liability
The reason why there is so much emphasis on whether the property owner is at fault for a slip and fall is that there is a universal understanding that a property owner will provide a safe environment for anyone who enters their property. Whether it is private or commercial property, you should be right to assume that you won’t encounter any hazards without proper warning. If a property owner fails to fix an issue that creates a fall hazard, or does not post a warning, to indicate a wet floor or a step down for example, then they are likely liable for anyone who falls and injures themselves because of these hazards.
The Injury Severity
It might not seem like it, but the severity of your fall injuries is an important factor to consider. Many people who would have otherwise had a legitimate case for a personal injury claim make the mistake of choosing not to sue because they assume their injuries weren’t too bad. In truth, you might not know the full effect of your injuries right away and all injuries, especially head injuries, should be taken seriously. Also, you want to do your part to hold a property owner accountable. Left unchecked, a business that is lax on upholding proper safety code procedures could continue to leave a hazardous environment where other people could get injured.
Contact The Snyder Law Group If You’ve Suffered A Personal Injury
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