Slip and fall injuries are very common and can cause a wide range of consequences. Not every slip and fall causes a simple bruise that will go away in a few days. Some slip and fall accidents cause serious consequences such as broken bones or even head injuries. Because these injuries are not hard to get, they can occur in any type of building or environment. If you have sustained an injury in a slip and fall accident, it is very important that you retain the services of a personal injury lawyer immediately. Waiting to hire an attorney can cause you to lose out on the opportunity to file a claim or reduce your chances of recovering for your injury.
There are many conditions that can cause slip and fall injuries to occur. They include wet floors, the presence of ice on a walkway, loose carpeting or tile, poor lighting, uneven walking surfaces, or unexpected obstacles that get in the way of safe travel from one point to another. Liability for these injuries often rests with the occupants of a space. This does not mean that only the owner of a building has liability. Tenants can also be liable for injuries sustained in their rental spaces. People who are responsible for property maintenance and repair also have a duty to those who use the building for personal or business purposes.
Property occupiers need to take reasonable precautions to ensure that anyone using a space is not injured. Liability is often determined because of someone’s failure to inspect the premises, maintain the premises, correct an existing danger, warn property users of an unsafe situation, or have a proper maintenance system in place. Because many slip and fall cases include testimony from expert witnesses and evidence of a scientific nature, the importance of an experienced personal injury attorney cannot be overestimated. An attorney experienced in handling slip and fall cases will be able to provide expert witnesses and evidence that can help you build your case.
When slip and fall incidents occur, many injuries can be sustained. When injuries are serious, they can lead to chronic pain, missed work days, an inability to have physical relations with a spouse, and costly medical care needs. If the injury is severe enough, the victim may require extensive medical care or need the help of in-home nurses or therapists to recover. Plaintiffs in a slip and fall case may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, future income, past and future medical expenses, and rehabilitation expenses.
At Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik LLP, our attorneys have experience in handling personal injury cases. In a case that comes down to photos of the accident site or eyewitness testimony, we can use our knowledge of personal injury law and experience in handling these cases to work to get you the compensation you deserve after a serious injury. Contact us today to discuss your slip and fall case.