Slip, trip, and fall accidents are a surprisingly frequent occurrence in America. More than 8.9 million people presented to emergency rooms last year as a result of injuries from these occurrences. These cases are called premises liability cases because it is the owner of the premises who may be liable for your injuries.
The law requires that the owner of a property ensures that it is safe for the people who visit. Often a property owner fails to properly maintain an area, fails to remove an obvious hazard, or fails to warn a visitor of a dangerous condition. These failings to adhere to basic premises liability standards are often a cause of a serious injury to an unsuspecting victim. A slip, trip, or fall can result in a concussion, broken bones, a traumatic brain injury, a spinal cord injury, or even death.
Some common events and situations that may lead to injury and establish premises liability:
If you have suffered an injury in a slip, trip, or fall accident or because someone failed to properly maintain their premises, it is important that you contact a lawyer. You may be contacted by an insurance company, but you should be wary of making statements regarding your injury or how you fell. If possible, have a friend take pictures of the premises as they were when you fell. Remember where you were and what you were doing when you fell.
Mazow | McCullough, PC, has deep experience representing Salem, MA residents who have been injured as a result of premises liability violations. When we are contacted by a client, we immediately begin an investigation into the circumstances of the injury. We ascertain who was responsible, contact the property owner to ensure that any video or other evidence is preserved, retain an expert, and go to the scene of the fall.
Too often insurance companies, or property or businesses owners try to shift liability to the victim for these types of injuries, rather than take responsibility for negligence of their premises. The sooner you work toward gathering evidence to support your claim, the better result you will obtain.
Please contact Mazow | McCullough, PC, today for a free consultation about filing a premises liability case. The right lawyer makes all the difference. See our recent results here.