Slip and Fall Lawsuits0
Slip and fall injuries happen when an individual drops, trips, or falls due to some unsafe or dangerous condition on another person’s property. Most all states have laws that govern private residences, commercial buildings, public places of amusement, sidewalks, and roadways. These laws are intended to provide protection for victims of slip and fall accidents. Slip and fall injuries happen most often in residential homes. However, it is not uncommon to see them occurring in retail establishments, office buildings, restaurants, hotels, motels, and other similar places. These types of accidents are oftentimes the result of defective products, poor maintenance, improper flooring, and poor construction techniques.
The most common place where these injuries occur is sidewalks. Whether on the sidewalk or within the vicinity of a sidewalk, a slip and fall can occur. It is important that individuals take the necessary precautions to prevent such accidents from occurring. Lawsuits regarding this type of accident can be filed in either the state or federal court. A slip and fall lawsuit occurs when a person feels that he/she was injured due to a defective product, unsafe working conditions, or negligence on the part of someone else.
Slip and fall accidents that occur on public property are governed by different laws in each state. In most instances, these laws require that the property owner, managers, or operators to take certain measures to prevent slips and falls. Usually, these involve creating a hazard to avoid injuries due to missteps or moving materials. This can also include signs that specify how people can use a particular sidewalk or walkway.
Often, these laws require that the property owner create a slip and fall policy in accordance with local regulations. These policies generally detail what measures that must be taken in order to protect customers, visitors, workers, or tenants from personal injuries. They usually outline specific conditions that can result in personal injury, such as excessive wetness, ice, water, or snow causing someone to trip and fall, objects falling on someone, or excessive sound levels causing hearing damage or loss.
In addition to medical expenses, a slip-and-fall lawsuit often includes lost wages. Most often, victims are not compensated for the full value of their wages. These cases also often cover lost income because of disabilities and extended hospital stays. Furthermore, if the victim has a pre-existing medical condition, medical expenses may also be covered. The cost of lost wages and medical bills can be extremely high, especially if the victim is unable to work while recovering. Sometimes, these cases even cover the cost of car repairs.
If you are the one who was the victim in a slip-and-fall accident, you are entitled to compensation. In particular, you should take note that if you were injured due to another person’s negligence, you may recover damages that are more than what you would normally be entitled to. For instance, if you were slipped and fell at work, but were able to recover damages because of the employer’s negligence, you may be able to recoup wages lost due to missed work, as well as other damages.
A woman filed a slip and fall lawsuit against her workplace after she was injured from a fall. According to court records, the woman began to experience back pain around four months after she visited her workplace on July 29th. When the doctor examined her, she was told that she had suffered a herniated disk. The woman then went to physical therapy and did not work for six months.
In November of 2021, the woman filed a suit against her employer, claiming negligence. According to court documents, the employer did not make any safety measures to reduce the risks of slip and falls in the workplace, such as clear floors, clear ceilings, or other designated areas for employees to stand. Further, the employer failed to instruct employees on how to safely enter and exit from their workstations. Finally, the employer failed to train employees on how to spot hazards, and did not instruct them on how to safely clean up spilled food or liquid on the floor. The employer faces a total of $1.75 million in liability damages.