Slip and Falls
When you visit a public place or another person’s home, it never occurs to you that you might injure yourself due to a slip and fall accident. You naturally assume the property owner will take precautions to avoid such things from happening. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case.
However, sometimes people and businesses are either deliberately neglectful, or they simply don’t realize the danger even if they should have. At Upton Law Firm, LLC, we realize that’s of little consolation when you’re faced with a long recovery period, physical and emotional trauma, medical expenses, loss of income, and other common consequences of serious accidents.
Should You Hire a Slip and Fall Accident Attorney?
While businesses and individuals have the legal obligation to keep their property safe, you must also exercise reasonable caution. For example, you wouldn’t need to work with a personal injury law firm if you fell off a curb because you were talking on your cell phone and didn’t notice your surroundings. On the other hand, you’re within your rights to seek local representation from a slip and fall attorney in the following types of situations:
- An out-of-place object caused you to trip and fall, such as a ladder in the middle of a grocery store aisle
- You slipped on a wet floor or tripped over loose carpeting or tiling that had been in disrepair long enough that the property owner should have fixed it by now
- You could have avoided the accident if the property owner had placed a sign warning of potential danger
- You suffered an injury due to insufficient lighting, such as falling down a flight of stairs or simply losing your footing
- You tripped or fell over a broken object that should have been repaired or moved out of the way
- You slipped on ice at a public place because the owner didn’t tend to the weather conditions before opening to the public
Of course, the above represent only a small portion of possible scenarios. Falls can lead to serious injuries such as broken bones, concussions, paralysis, and permanent brain damage. Recovering from such an injury affects your ability to earn a living, pay your bills, and maintain the same quality of life that you enjoyed before the accident. At a time like this, you need a personal injury lawyer on your side who will hold the offending party accountable for the negligent actions that injured you.
What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident
Before contacting an attorney to discuss your personal injury case, it’s important to seek appropriate medical care and document your injuries. If the injury appears severe, have someone call 9-1-1 at the scene. Otherwise, schedule a medical evaluation of your injuries as soon as possible. The danger in not doing so is that the lawyer for the other party may claim that your injuries couldn’t be that bad because you delayed seeking medical attention.
One thing your slip and fall accident attorney will likely tell you is that your injuries may not appear obvious right away. This is the reason that Connecticut allows up to two years from the date of the injury for people to hire a lawyer and file a personal injury lawsuit. Nevertheless, we urge you to contact a law firm for help as soon as possible after the accident. This helps you build a stronger case as well as avoid having the personal injury statute of limitations run out on you.
If you can take pictures of the accident scene, it will help your case immensely. Pictures prove what those responsible for the accident might try to deny. It’s fine for someone else to take photos if you’re too injured to do so yourself. You should also plan to report the accident to the property owner immediately. This could be one of the following:
- Commercial property: Report the accident to the person with the highest level of authority in the building. Ask for a business card for later reference.
- Private property: Inform the owner of the property and then ask for his or her name and contact information. The claim will likely go through private homeowners’ insurance.
- Public property: Report the incident to the city or town responsible for maintaining the property and get the name and title of the person you provided information to.
It’s also important to get contact information from witnesses and to keep medical records and receipts for all care you receive. While it can seem like a hassle while you’re worried about bills and trying to recover, it will make your case go much faster because you won’t have to lose time tracking down the proof you need.
Comparative Fault in Connecticut
Connecticut is a comparative fault state, which means that you could receive less money in a winning lawsuit if the court determines you shared any fault for causing the accident. For example, if you tripped on wobbly stairs while wearing high-heeled shoes that didn’t quite fit you right. While the accident wouldn’t have happened had the steps been firmly secured, your choice of footwear increased its severity. In a situation like this, a judge may find you 20 percent at fault and reduce your award accordingly. This is one example of why it’s important to have a strong legal team who can argue for the sole fault of the other party.
Contact Upton Law Firm, LLC for a Free Legal Consultation
A serious accident can make it seem like your life is falling apart. You have so many things to worry about as you recover. We make it our mission to reduce your anxiety and help you return to a better quality of life by seeking the compensation you deserve. With a winning personal injury lawsuit, you could receive payment for medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and several other potential categories as well.
We invite you to contact us at our office in West Hartford, Connecticut by calling 860-893-0558. Our entire team looks forward to learning more about your situation when you meet with us for your free legal consultation.
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