A slip and fall accident can be a source of a personal injury claim, depending on the circumstances. While some slip and fall incidents that result in injuries are simply accidents that are not anyone’s fault, there are situations in which a slip and fall occurs directly as a result of someone else’s negligence. When that occurs, the injured person may have a claim for damages against the responsible party.
In most slip and fall cases that involve a personal injury claim, there is a dangerous or hazardous condition that exists at the time of the accident. It is not enough to randomly slip and break your ankle on an otherwise safe surface. Rather, there must be some identifiable danger that the owner of the property didn’t sufficiently or quickly remedy. For example, there must be a spill, uneven flooring, ice, or some other hazard that contributes to the slip and fall.
Additionally, in order to have a valid personal injury claim based on a slip and fall accident, there must be some negligence by the property owner that directly led to the accident. For instance, a property owner generally must put up an appropriate barricade or warning sign if there is a hazardous condition on his or her property. If a property owner knew about a spill or missing floor tiles that conceivably could pose a hazard to anyone walking by, and the owner does nothing to either remedy or at least warn pedestrians of the potential danger, then the property owner may be liable for any accident and injuries that occur as a result.
Boller & Vaughan are Wisconsin personal injury lawyers who are devoted to protecting the interests of injury victims, as well as their families. When another individual has acted in such a manner that causes you harm, such as failing to clean up a spill on the floor of a business open to the public, he or she may be responsible for your financial losses. In the case of a personal injury suit, however, there are strict deadlines that you must follow, or you risk losing your right to compensation altogether. Contact our office today to set up your free consultation and learn what legal options we can offer you.