If you’ve suffered injuries from a
slip and fall accident on another individual’s property, it’s not enough to simply
prove that an accident took place. You must successfully argue that the
accident and your injuries were caused by a dangerous condition that the
property owner was aware of and was negligent in repairing the condition.
In this blog, we share what you need to prove when pursuing a slip and
Negligence and Liability
Slip and fall cases generally hinge on whether or not it can be determined
that the property owner acted in a way that a reasonable owner would under
the same circumstances. Was there poor visibility in the location of where
the accident occurred? Was there a dangerous condition that the property
manager or owner was aware of? Was there sufficient time to take care
of the property’s condition beforehand? There are a number of property
regulations and guidelines owners and managers are required to follow
to prevent accidents from happening – you’ll want to have
a dedicated attorney on your side who is thorough in their investigation
of determining negligence.
How can comparative fault affect my case?
You can expect that the property owner will try to argue that you are partly
responsible for the accident and your injuries. Under a rule referred
to as “comparative fault,” the settlement you receive for
your slip and fall claim can be reduced by the percentage you’re
found at fault. For example, if the total amount of a settlement is $1,000
and you’re found 5% liable, the settlement will be reduced to its
respective percentage. Because comparative fault can drastically impact
the course of your case, you want to make sure your personal injury attorney
is diligent in building the strongest case possible to show that the property
owner is completely liable for your injuries.
The Long Island personal injury attorneys at Laurence A. Silverman, Esq.
have 40 years of legal experience in handling cases throughout Suffolk
and Nassau County. When clients come to our firm, they can trust that
we leave no stone unturned in their case to successfully hold the responsible
Call us today at (631) 925-2117 or contact us online to
schedule a free case evaluation.