Slip and Fall Injuries Can Be Serious: Understanding Your Rights When It Comes to Premises Liability

A slip and fall injury may sound minor, but it can actually be extremely serious, and can even be fatal. They are very common, and though the person who falls often initially blames themselves, in many cases the fault actually lies with the property owner. This is true whenever there is some kind of hazard or unsafe condition present that contributed to or caused the accident that caused the injury. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident and you think there is a chance that the owner of the property where you hurt yourself was negligent, then make an appointment with the attorneys at Wallace Law. We are experienced personal injury attorneys who are dedicated to making sure you understand your rights when it comes to premises liability.

Premises liability is an area of law that holds a property owner responsible for damages if an accident on their premises was their fault. Damages that a person who has suffered a slip and fall injury can include the costs of their medical care, any wages that they lost as a result of their recuperation and rehabilitation, additional expenses such as those required for transportation to and from medical appointments of medical supplies, expenses for housekeeping or childcare support they may have needed, future losses, the assessed value of any pain or suffering that they have endured or will continue to endure, and even punitive damages which may be assigned as punishment if the negligence is extreme. Obviously, the amount that the property owner will end up having to pay in total depends upon the severity of the injury and what the circumstances were.

In order to bring a successful premises liability case, there are certain requirements. A person who is on the property illegally is generally not able to sue for injuries that they have suffered, even if there was a hazard present. However, if you are permitted to be on the property, then the requirements for proving a case include being able to prove that you actually suffered an injury, and that it occurred as a result of the property owner failing in their duty to keep the property safe. Examples of an unsafe environment can include broken flooring or stairs; insufficient lighting; water, ice or snow on the property, and loose carpeting or debris in the walkway. All of these are examples of a property owner failing to provide a reasonably safe environment for those coming onto their premises.

If you have suffered a slip and fall injury on somebody else’s property and believe that owner negligence may have played a part, then call the attorneys at Wallace Law and set up a free consultation. We will review the details of what happened to you, answer all of your questions, and make sure that you understand your rights and the compensation you may be entitled to under premises liability law.