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Slip & Fall

2Slipping, tripping or falling may seem like a simple accident, but it could be the inevitable consequence of a neglectful business, manager or property manager. Successful personal injury lawsuits involving slip and fall cases must demonstrate that the management knew about a hazardous condition, or should have known, and failed to take action to correct the problem. These cases can be tough to prove. It takes a dedicated team of investigators, researchers and attorneys to put the evidence together and present a solid case. We have the team and the experience to do so.

06Areas where slips and falls can be common include:

  • Hotels
  • Shopping centers
  • Restaurants, bars and nightclubs
  • Retail stores
  • Industrial sites
  • Government buildings
  • Apartment buildings

Slip and fall cases can be brought following any injury, even those in private residences. Our attorneys and investigators can apply detailed knowledge of federal, state and local building codes to help with your case.

In some cases, fault can be found when owners fail to properly clean up or prevent leaks, spills and other slippery substances from coating the floor. In other cases, bad design elements, like poorly planned staircases, low lighting or weak railings, can be to blame, making a fall inevitable for someone. Filing a case will require showing that a reasonable property owner or manager should have taken action to correct the problem. This may require collecting evidence, conducting eyewitnesses interviews, consulting expert witnesses and comprehensive evaluation of the situation.

Slip and Fall cases include:

  • Flooring problems including an owner’s failure to provide adequate signs for wet spots, failure to provide proper barriers to closed-off areas, using excessive or uneven floor waxing, and allowing torn, uneven, or bulging carpet areas to go unrepaired.
  • Stairs that have not been properly  maintained. Edges can become rounded, the stairs’ non-stick surface (which is required in most states) can wear out, and a handrail can be broken or missing. All of these dangerous conditions are typically due to owner negligence and result in injury and liability.

DANGEROUS OUTDOOR CONDITIONS:

  • Inadequate Outdoor Lighting: can lead to pedestrian injuries in parking lots or on sidewalks. The property owner is liable if they knew or should have known about the dangerous situation and failed to remedy the problem in a reasonable amount of time.
  • Sidewalks: Most sidewalks are owned and maintained by the city or county. However, if a public sidewalk is used exclusively by the property owner’s clientele, the owner will be held liable for the sidewalk’s dangerous conditions.
  • Parking Lots: Parking lot owners are legally responsible for maintaining the safety of their lots. This includes any protrusion in the surface of the parking lot that contributes to an injury.
  • Falls and Falling Objects: We represent clients who have fallen on spilled merchandise in stores, slipped on wet surfaces or ice and tripped over uneven pavement or turned-up rugs. When merchandise falls from a store shelf, a hotel room television falls from a shelf or construction supplies fall onto passersby, the property owner may be liable.

PRIVATE PROPERTY LIABILITY

If you have been injured at someone’s home, you may be hesitant to file a personal injury claim. It is important to note that the home owner will typically not be paying your claim out of pocket. You will typically be compensated by his or her homeowner’s insurance company. Coker, Schickel, Sorenson, Posgay, Camerlengo & Iracki attorneys can help you recover financial compensation for the full amount of your losses including medical and rehabilitation expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages or income.

If you have been injured in an  incident, or in a criminal act that took place on private or public property, contact our office to discuss your injuries and situation and we will evaluate whether you have a case and what type of claim would be appropriate to make on your behalf.