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Do You Have a Legitimate Slip and Fall Case?

Posted on in Premises Liability

slip and fall accident, wisconsin personal injury lawyerSlip and fall accidents happen often and in many different locations. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, there are over one million slip and fall emergency room visits each year. 

As the name suggests, these incidents occur when a person slips and falls to the ground. The cause of the accident can be a liquid on the floor or an uneven surface. The resulting injuries, for example, bone fractures or sprains, can be debilitating.

Slip and falls can happen at the supermarket, shopping centers, private residences, or government offices. While this kind of accident can happen anywhere, not everyone who suffers from these accidents may be able to prove a lawsuit. 

Proof in a Slip and Fall Case 

Two key parts of a winning slip and fall case include that:

  1. The circumstance that caused your fall was a dangerous condition. For example, a small slope in the levelness of a floor will not qualify. There are experts who testify to standard safety precautions that a property owner must take, such as installing handrails or securing stair treads.
  2. The property owner knew of the dangerous condition. This can be proved by showing that the business (or an employee) created the dangerous condition or that a reasonable business owner should have known about the hazardous condition.

To further explain, consider that an employee was making a repair to flooring and did not post appropriate warning signs. In many cases, a victim will be required to prove how long the dangerous condition existed. Or if you slipped on spilled milk at a supermarket, you would have to prove how long the milk was on the floor and that a reasonable business owner would have found and cleaned up the spill.

Contact a Milwaukee Premises Liability Attorney

If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident or other premises liability matter, it is important to consult with an attorney quickly, especially in cases where video evidence can be instrumental in securing you a monetary award. Video footage is often taped over if not requested right away.

The Milwaukee personal injury attorneys at Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP zealously pursue victim’s personal injury cases. We seek to make businesses safer for all who walk through them. Contact us at 414-271-1440 to schedule a consultation.

Source:

https://nfsi.org/nfsi-research/quick-facts/

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