Determining Liability in Slip and Fall Injury Cases
Whether it’s at the workplace or on someone else’s premises, slip and fall accidents are common. There are times when the floor is slippery and at other times there’s obstruction on the walkway. Irrespective of the cause, if a person is injured due to negligence of someone else, the defendant is liable for the injuries. While there are numerous injuries associated with slip and fall accidents, compensation awarded could be for different categories of injury such as medical bills, attorney fees, and pain and suffering. Our Montgomery slip & fall injury lawyers at the Law Offices can help you obtain maximum compensation in case of any injury.
Here are some of the general rules for you to decide whether someone else was responsible for your slip and fall injuries:
Who is Liable?
If you’ve suffered injuries due to slip and fall on someone else’s property, one of the following must be true:
- The premise owner was aware of the dangerous surface condition but did nothing about it
- The owner of the premises or an employee was responsible for the spill which led to the slip and fall accident
- The employee or owner of the premise should have known about the dangerous condition because any ‘reasonable’ person taking care of the property would have discovered and repaired it
In every slip and fall injury case, the victim must decide whether his/her negligence contributed to the accident. The rule of ‘comparative negligence’ help measure your own carelessness which led to the accident. Here are some questions which you should ask yourself about your own conduct:
- Had you been a little more careful, would you have noticed the dangerous spot and avoided it?
- Were you distracted by something else?
- Were there any warning signs which you missed?
It’s essential to describe clearly to your insurance adjuster that you were not careless. However, it’s never advisable to admit your fault to your insurance adjuster. Reason being that your insurance company will make an utmost effort to prove your liability and offer minimum possible compensation.
For a better understanding, here are some of the common injuries in slip and fall accidents:
- Head injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Torn ligaments
- Pelvic injuries
Categories of Compensation in Slip and Fall Injury Cases
In slip and fall injury cases, general compensatory damages are awarded to the injured person. The reimbursement can be divided into economic and non-economic damages. These include:
These awards compensate an injured victim for all the damages that are non-monetary such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
- Mental pain and suffering
Special compensatory damages are also awarded in cases where there are monetary damages including:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of wages
- Loss of future wages
- Cost of future medical expenses
Reach Out to Our Competent Legal Professionals
If you’re hurt in a slip and fall accident, get in touch with our experienced Montgomery slip and fall injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Manley Traeger. With more than two decades of experienced in tackling complicated injury cases, we help to prepare your case and determine liability. With in-depth legal knowledge, we help you understand the strength and weaknesses of your case and build a strategy to ensure the most effective outcome.
Our compassionate slip & fall injury attorneys in Montgomery, AL understand that injuries are stressful. Therefore, we make an utmost effort to provide complete legal support.
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