When someone is visiting a private property or a public space, and they experience a slip and fall, the consequences can be serious. Nearly 20% of falls end with a broken bone or head trauma, leading to serious medical costs. No matter what kind of costs come from your fall, you should know who is liable for the cost of your injuries.
What determines liability?
Property owners are responsible for making sure their properties are safe for their guests. There are many ways that owners can fail to meet this responsibility, including:
- Loose handrails on stairways
- Uneven walkways
- Uncleaned spills
- Trip hazards in walkways
- Failing to put proper signage around trip hazards
These falls can have serious consequences, and when property owners fail to keep their property safe, they should be prepared to pay for the cost of their negligence.
If a walkway is not safe for people to walk through, the owner needs to either clean or fix the issue; if they cannot immediately correct the problem, they need to sufficiently secure the area and prevent people from walking through it. Whether the accident happened through the owner’s recklessness or negligence, they should still be liable for the consequences.
Do not take chances in your claim
Even if an owner is liable for your fall, there is no guarantee that you deserve the compensation. A skilled personal injury attorney can help you earn the fair and full settlement you need to cover your injury’s current and future costs. No matter what caused your fall, you should not be the one that pays for the expenses someone else caused.
Scott M. Wilhelm, Esq.
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