If you have experienced a slip and fall accident and have suffered extensive injuries, you might be considering filing a claim against the property owner. Property owners have a responsibility to keep their property free of dangerous conditions. If a property manager has failed to do this, you might be able to file a claim against them. Here are five things you should be aware of before filing a claim for a slip and fall accident:
- What exactly is a slip and fall? A slip and fall, or a trip and fall, refers to a mishap in which an innocent person slips, trips, or falls due to a dangerous condition. If serious injuries were sustained, leading to expensive medical bills and causing someone to be unable to work, a legal claim may be filed against the property owner.
- In the United States, slip and fall accidents are one of the main causes of unintentional injuries. Falls are also the leading cause of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Children aged zero to four and adults over the age of 75 are among the highest number of casualties for a severe head injury due to falls.
- To have a successful property liability case, you must be able to prove three things: that the property had dangerous conditions, that the property owner knew about the dangerous conditions, and that the property owner had a reasonable opportunity to take care of the dangerous conditions but failed to do so.
- A city ordinance in Lexington, KY states that property owners need to remove snow or ice within four hours after sunrise and after it has stopped snowing.
- After you slip and fall on someone else’s property, there are a few things you should be sure to do:
- Document the accident (time, place, etc.) and take pictures of the scene.
- See a doctor about your injuries, no matter how minor, and make sure you get copies of the documents and keep all medical bill records.
- Seek legal advice to be sure you have a valid case.
Once you’re sure you will be able to prove that you fell due to unsafe conditions and have all the proper documentation, it’s important to find an attorney to help you with your case. They can help with any paperwork and make sure your claim is filed on time to ensure you receive justice for your accident.