Slipping, tripping, or falling is not funny 😟 when it happens to you and you are injured. If the fall is the result of another person’s negligence, there may even be some financial 💰 compensation for your suffering.
Even if you feel embarrassed or that you should have seen and avoided the hazard, the property owner is stil negligent if he or she could have reasonably prevented the dangerous condition. As long as you were not doing something unreasonably unsafe—such as running through a store—when you were injured, you have the right to recover for the property owner’s negligence.
After you have sought medical attention for your injuries and documented how and why the accident happened, call the attorneys who know how to help. There is no need for you to suffer alone and without resources.
To find out what you may be able to recover, talk to Litster Frost Injury Lawyers. We’re one of the largest personal injury firms in Idaho, and we dedicate our practice to helping those injured in slip-and-fall accidents and other personal injury accidents. We operate on a contingency basis, so we don’t take a fee unless you recover. For a free consultation, schedule an appointment now.
The property owner’s responsibilities include:
‣ Ensuring that any areas open to the public are in good repair
‣ Performing routine preventive maintenance
‣ Monitoring regularly for any new hazards
‣ Clearing sidewalks during snow season—in front of Boise businesses by 9:00 A.M. and throughout the day if snow continues
Our firm will help you identify the responsible party, gather the proof you need, and seek the maximum compensation you’re entitled to under the law.
We’ll also work with any insurance companies covering the property owner to try to get a recovery without going to court. However, if the amount they offer doesn’t seem fair to you, and they are unwilling to offer more, we will be ready to take your case to trial.
COMMON CAUSES OF SLIP, TRIP, AND FALL ACCIDENTS
In shopping centers, for example—While the supermarket employees are required to put up “Caution, Wet Floor” signs, they may not yet be aware of the spill.
There may be black ice or slick pavement due to a recent rain. Walk carefully when you step onto public sidewalks and outside passageways.
“Wet” slip-and-fall accidents are among the most common. If a liquid remains spilled long enough for the employees to notice before an injury occurs, but not even a caution sign was posted, then there may be a strong case against the business or property owner.
This is one reason to always have good lighting on the property. In a busy work environment, such as a warehouse or kitchen, dropped items are a common hazard. Floors should be kept clear. Items must never be left on stairs or in walkways, even temporarily. If a worker carries a bulky load of materials, he or she may have blocked vision and could easily trip over anything left in the way.
Some places are not smooth, nor easy to navigate. If you are prone to falling, take a moment to look at the ground before you attempt to walk across it. Even sidewalks can become cracked and uneven. Make sure you pick up your feet enough to clear the area and avoid slips, trips, and falls.
Power cables, phone cords, and other wires should run behind walls and carpets or be otherwise secured for the safety of all property visitors. The last thing any business or property owner wants is to run wires across passageways or to leave them lying around waiting to be tripped on.
There may be fallen tree limbs or other yard waste lying around. Stepping on fallen leaves can be a danger all its own. There is often moisture under the leaves, and this can cause your feet to go right out from under you.
* While these are not the only possible causes, these are very common.
POTENTIAL INJURIES CAUSED BY SLIP-AND-FALL ACCIDENTS
HOW TO PROVE THE FAULT OF THE ACCIDENT
Eye Witness Testimony
WHO DO YOU MAKE A SLIP-AND-FALL CLAIM AGAINST?
The Party Responsible for the Dangerous Situation
It’s important to make sure you identify the right party, because bringing a suit against the wrong party could result in your claim being dismissed and you missing the deadline to bring it against the responsible party.
Sometimes, however, it isn’t always clear who the responsible party is if the property isn’t owned and operated by the same entity.
When the Accident Happened Inside
When the Accident Happened Outside
When the Accident Happened On a Sidewalk
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What Are Your Possible
Sources of Coverage?
Possible Coverage Sources
It all depends on where and when you fell. It’s crucial for an experienced personal injury lawyer to examine the land boundaries of the place where you fell to determine whether the location is on municipal property. If so, it could be difficult to identify the right person to file with.
Otherwise, the property owner or business insurance may cover the damages. In the case of falling upon exiting a vehicle, coverage could possibly come from the vehicle owner’s Personal Injury Protection insurance. Also, Workers Compensation could pay for work-related accidents.
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To schedule a consultation about your accident, call our office at (208) 333-3333 or fill out your case evaluation form now.