Did you know that according to the National Center for Health Statistics there are over 31 million injuries in the U.S. each year that require a doctor’s care, many of which occurring on the job. In fact, there were over 300,000 construction caused injuries alone. Thousands of these victims experience slip and fall accidents from dangerous floors, stairs, rough patches of ground and more. Sometimes, it’s the property owner who is responsible for these slip and fall accidents, and sometimes, he or she is not.
If victim of a slip and fall accident, you could be eligible to receive just payments for pain and suffering. For this, an accident attorney, also known as a personal injury lawyer, is absolutely necessary to fight for this compensation, because proving fault, IE assigning responsibility to the property owner and not to the slip and fall accident victim, is a difficult process.
You see, a slip and fall accident victim must first consider the fact that the property owner cannot always be held responsible for immediately picking up or cleaning every single slippery substance on a floor, as it’s a normal part of life or smooth surfaces to become uneven or for things to fall or drip on the floor. There’s an obligation for everyone to watch where they’re going.
According to online legal encyclopedia Nolo, one of the following things must be true for the fault of a slip and fall accident to fall on the property owner’s shoulders. Firstly, the owner or an employee of the owner must have caused the spill, uneven ground, or the slippery or dangerous surface or item to be underfoot. Secondly, the owner or employees musth ave known about it, and done nothing. Thirdly, they should have known about the dangerous surface, because a responsible and reasonable individual taking care of the property would have discovered it, repaired it, and taken care of it.
In order to get the personal injury lawsuit settlement amounts deserved, the fault must lie on the owner or an employee’s shoulders because of one of those reasons. If you have any questions about slip and fall accidents and how to determine blame, feel free to ask in the comments. More information like this.