Common Causes of a Slip and Fall Lawsuit
Property owners have a responsibility to make sure their premises are in safe working condition. If a dangerous hazard occurs on their property, they are required to have it resolved as quickly as possible and to place sufficient warning signs in the interim.
One of the most common temporary hazards that can result in a slip and fall lawsuit is a wet floor. While resolving a wet floor hazard is a simple fix -- mop up any spills and add a warning sign so that people are aware of slippery conditions -- some property owners fail to do this. This negligence can result in accidents that can cause injuries that warrant a slip and fall lawsuit.
If you have been involved in an accident related to a wet floor and would like to pursue a slip and fall lawsuit to seek compensation for your injuries, here are some factors your attorney will examine while assembling your case:
How Slippery Was The Floor?
The first step in assembling a case for your slip an fall lawsuit will be proving that the floor was slippery enough to result in a fall, and that the owner of the premises was aware of this and elected not to resolve the problem. This latter part is key to proving negligence in a slip and fall lawsuit: while a slippery floor may cause you an injury, it does not constitute damages unless the premises owner knew of the hazard and failed to take adequate safety measures.
What Caused The Floor To Become Slippery?
Collecting evidence at the scene of your injury can help your slip and fall lawsuit by establishing the source of the spill or wetness that caused you to fall. Tell your attorney if you noticed that there were a fluid leak or spill, or if the floor you fell upon was recently cleaned but no hazard signs were posted. If at all possible, photographic documentation of these facts will benefit your case.
How Long Was The Floor Wet?
Another key factor in assembling a slip and fall lawsuit is determining how long the hazard existed. If the floor remained slippery for an unreasonable amount of time without intervention or appropriate safety communication, this is an important factor to note. However, if the duration of the slippery state of the floor was brief, your case may not meet the standards required to claim negligence.
When you are injured in an accident, it's imperative to hire an experienced attorney for your slip and fall lawsuit. An attorney will bring their expert knowledge of the law and professional resources such as investigators to offer the support necessary to secure compensation for your case.
For a free consultation or to learn about your legal rights, contact Welmaker.