You never leave your home thinking you will be the victim of a slip and fall accident. Unfortunately, slip and fall accidents are more common than you may believe. Furthermore, slip and fall accidents can result in severe and permanent injuries even though most people assume a slip and fall only results in minor bumps and bruises. Below are five more things that you may not know about Louisville slip and fall accidents.
You Are Entitled to Compensation If You Fall — MAYBE
A property owner is responsible for maintaining a safe environment for his or her guests. However, a properly owner is not liable for your negligence. You must prove that the property owner was negligent in failing to remedy a dangerous condition that the owner knew existed or should have known existed on the property if you are to recover compensation for your injuries.
I Need to File a Report As Soon As Possible – FACT
Even though filing a report with a property owner or employee is different from filing a claim, you must report the slip and fall accident when it happens. The property owner or his representative should make a written report and provide you with a copy of that report. If the owner refuses to make a written report, note who you reported the fall to as well as the time and date you filed the report. It is also good to have a witness present when you file the report.
I Can Still Get Money Even If I Knew About the Hazard — MAYBE
If you see a hazard, you have the responsibility to avoid that hazard if possible. If the owner can show that you purposefully placed yourself in danger, you may not be able to receive compensation for your injuries. However, a property owner is not always absolved of liability if the victim saw the hazard immediately before being injured. Always consult with an experienced Louisville slip and fall attorney to determine if you have a claim.
All Falls Resulting from Ice, Water, Or Slipper Surfaces Are the Responsibility of The Owner – MYTH
You must prove the owner knew or should have known about the hazard and failed to take steps to correct the problem. If it has just started snowing and you fall coming into a store, you may or may not have a claim. Likewise, if a customer you are following spills a drink, and you slip, the owner did not have time to know about the matter and to correct it.
Falls on Rental Property Are Always the Landlord’s Fault – MYTH
Tenants can also be held liable for falls on rental property. You must look at the entire situation to determine if the landlord or the tenant (or both) are liable in a slip and fall claim. An experienced Louisville slip and fall attorney will investigate to determine the correct parties to name in a slip and fall claim.
Call a Louisville Slip and Fall Attorney for a Free Appointment
If you are injured in a slip and fall accident, it is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your options for receiving compensation for your injuries. You can contact the Shelton Law Group by calling 1-888-761-7204 or by using the online contact form on our website to schedule a free consultation with one of our Louisville slip and fall lawyers.