Property owners have the responsibility to maintain a safe environment on their properties. This is to reduce the chance of a visitor being injured in an accident, particularly a slip and fall accident, on the property. When an accident does occur because a property owner failed to remove a hazardous condition on his or her property, the victim may seek compensation for his or her damages through a premises liability claim with the help of a personal injury lawyer.
There are many ways you can be injured in a slip or fall accident. These injuries include:
If you slip or fall, regardless of where the incident occurs, seek medical attention in a timely manner. Even if you do not feel like you suffered an injury, you could have been injured in a way that will become much more severe and require much more extensive treatment if it is left undiagnosed for a prolonged period of time. Schedule an appointment with your general practitioner or at one of Appleton’s emergency clinics like ThedaCare FastCare or Affinity Medical Group’s emergency clinic.
When an injury occurs on private property, whether it is a commercial property like a store or entertainment venue or a private home, the property’s owner is liable for the victim’s damages if the victim can demonstrate that the injury occurred because of the property owner’s negligence.
When a hazardous condition cannot be removed or repaired immediately, a property owner should post clear, legible warnings around the hazard to alert visitors to take extra care to prevent accidents.
Examples of negligence that can result in a property owner being found liable for a victim’s damages include:
Generally, trespassers cannot seek compensation for their slip and fall damages, but this is not always the case. A property owner may be liable for a trespassing child’s damages or damages suffered by adult victims if the property owner knew that trespassers frequently entered the property.
Do not allow yourself to suffer financially as the result of an injury sustained in a slip or fall due to another party’s negligence. If you are facing high medical bills, lost wages, and any other expense because of your injury, consider working with an experienced Appleton personal injury attorney to seek monetary compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim. To learn more, contact our team at Hammett, Bellin & Oswald, LLC to schedule your initial consultation in our office.