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Unsafe Premises Lead To Slip And Fall Cases

When you go onto someone else’s property, you have the reasonable expectation that you will be safe from injury while you are there. Businesses especially have the obligation to maintain their equipment on their property. When they don’t, it opens them up to a host of issues including your injury. The following are some of the more common issues that lead to slip and fall injuries.

Poorly Maintained Walkways

After a snowstorm or when rain freezes, sidewalks become slippery. If you are at an establishment, it is their responsibility to not only remove the snow from the walkway but also put out a sign saying that the floor is slick. When it is wet outside, the tile floors inside the store will be even more slippery.

Loose Handrails

A lot of us use handrails to get up stairs easier. A lot of our body weight is placed on the handrails. When the rails are not sturdy, this can spell disaster. Not only can someone not get up the stairs but they could potentially fall up or down the stairs causing serious injury.

Poor Lighting

When there is not a lot of light shining on a specific area, people cannot see what hazards are before them. If there is something obstructing their path or a kink in the sidewalk, they will surely trip and fall which could bring on a lawsuit.

It is good to remember that it is a violation of the law to have unsafe premises that causes serious bodily injury to someone else. If you have tripped, slipped or fallen and you need help, call the personal injury lawyers at James A. Rice today.

Which Personal Injury Case Do You Have?

Let’s give you an example: You are a young person in college, delivering pizza for some cash. It is a cold day and there is melting snow on the ground. You drive to your customer’s house and go to ring the doorbell. Except, without noticing the frozen sheet of ice, you slip and fall directly onto your knees instead of reaching the bell. Is there a crime here? Depending on how badly you are injured, the answer to this question is yes.

Slip and Fall

There is a slip and fall case here. This means that you were injured because of there was a failure to warn or clean up something that can potentially be dangerous. In the example above, the homeowner failed to put ice melt down on their porch to prevent a fall from occurring. If you were able to document the fall with either a trip to the hospital or with your work, you may be able to get compensation for your injury.

Worker’s Comp

If for whatever reason the slip and fall case fails, there is also a case here for worker’s compensation. Although you were on someone else’s property, you were still on the clock at the pizza place. Federal law requires business to provide worker’s comp for its employees for just this reason. If the fall made it hard for you to drive or walk, you would be without an income for the length of your recovery. With worker’s comp, you would be able to get a supplement for your lack of income.

Whether your story is like our example or something different call the personal injury lawyers at James A Rice today to see if your case is warranted.