PREMISES LIABILITY LAWYERS
Slip and fall accidents may not seem like a big deal, but they can often result in serious injuries. Property owners have a duty to ensure their premises are safe and to remedy or provide warning of any dangerous conditions that may exist. However, your rights may also be affected by your status on the property. That’s why it’s important to speak with premises liability lawyers as soon as possible.
WHAT IS PREMISE LIABILITY?
Property owners have a legal obligation to ensure their premises are reasonably safe for visitors and to address any potential hazards that may arise. However, property owners are not liable for all injuries that occur on their property.
For example, if you are trespassing on the property, the property owner may not be liable if you are injured. To pursue a premise liability case, the injuries must have been sustained in an accident, and the cause of the accident must have been an unaddressed hazardous condition on the property. In most states, the property owner must have known of the hazard or reasonably should have known of its existence. This means the hazard which caused the accident should have been discovered by a property owner taking reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of their property.
WHAT TO DO AFTER AN ACCIDENT
Seek Medical Attention
The first thing you should do after a slip and fall accident is to immediately seek medical attention, even if no injuries are immediately apparent. Some injuries may not be noticeable at first, but may still be serious, such as internal injuries. This ensures you receive the care that you need, and it provides documentation of the injuries you received as a result of your accident.
Report the Accident
It is important that you report the accident as soon as possible after it occurs. If you are in a store or place of business, report the accident to the owner or manager. Workplace accidents should be immediately reported to your manager or supervisor. You should also make sure an accident report is filed regarding your incident.
You should collect and document as much evidence surrounding your accident as possible. Take photos or videos of your injuries as well as of the site of the accident, including its surroundings. Be sure to collect the contact information of anyone who may have witnessed the accident.
Consult a Premises Liability Lawyer
If you have been injured due to a slip and fall, you should contact an attorney. An attorney may help you investigate the accident and pursue a slip and fall claim to seek compensation for your injuries.
LEGAL TIME LIMITS
The legal time limits, or statute of limitations, for a personal injury claim such as a slip and fall varies from state to state, while many states allow for a statute of limitations of four years from the date of the accident. You should contact an attorney as soon as possible so that your claim may be filed within the statute of limitations for your state. If you fail to file a slip and fall claim before the statute of limitations expires, you may be unable to pursue any compensation.
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