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Who is responsible for a slip and fall injury?

If you slip and injure yourself on your employer's property, then the person on whose property you injured yourself may be accountable to pay for your injuries. People fall, trip, and slip on wet floors or maybe freshly polished floors. Sometimes a crease in the carpet may cause a fall. Scaffolding or poor working conditions with hazardous biochemicals may also cause undue harm to a worker. If this happens at work, the employee is entitled to receive compensation.

Accidents can still happen even when we are careful. If you see that the store owner has failed to place a wet floor sign, which led to you falling on a slippery floor, you may have a claim for liability. This could lead to you sustaining serious injuries, such as head trauma or concussion. Common injuries of falling include soft tissue damage of torn ligaments and tendons, fractured bones and permanent disability.

To determine liability, there are two ways a person can legally file a lawsuit against the property owner.

  • The owners knew of the slippery floor, purposely avoided paying for damages or failed to inform the maintenance department about taking care of the problem at the property, which caused the defendant to fall.              
  • The owner himself or herself caused the spill or leak and did not remedy the situation, which caused the defendant to slip, trip and fall.

After your injuries, you could be rushed to the emergency room. If so, make sure you ask for a detailed report and copies of your chart from the emergency room physicians. You might not want to wait too long to file an insurance claim, as the insurance company can suggest that you should have filed a claim sooner and you may have injured yourself in another way. You may want to hire an experienced attorney to help you get the best outcome for your injuries.

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