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Slip and Fall Accidents: Structural Defects - Weather-Related - Comparative Negligence

Slip & Fall Accidents

Countless scenarios can cause people to fall and sustain personal injuries. If you have an accident caused by slipping, tripping or falling on a dangerous floor, a flight of stairs or a rough patch of ground, the owner of the property where the accident occurred may or may not be responsible for the accident. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, and you believe the accident occurred as the result of unsafe property conditions, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering.

Please call the personal injury attorneys of Holland & Lamoureux to see if you have a legitimate claim. Our attorneys may be able to recover the cost of your current and future medical bills, as well as loss of earnings if your injuries have rendered you unable to work.

A slip and fall accident can happen inside a building because of improper maintenance, inadequate or poor lighting, torn carpeting, abrupt changes in flooring, defective stairways and ramps, missing or damaged stair railings, loose steps or a wet floor. Outside a building, you may slip and fall because of rain, ice, snow or a hidden hazard, such as a gap or hard to see pothole in the ground or sidewalk deviations.

Slip and fall accidents can occur on commercial, residential or public property. Regardless of where they happen, all property and building owners have a certain level of responsibility (duty of care) to make sure an environment is safe for those who pass through their premises. This means they need to clean up spills on the floor, provide well-lit walkways, prevent elevator accidents, and put up signs warning of any potential hazard.

In almost every slip or trip and fall case, you must think about whether your own carelessness contributed in any significant way to your accident. Did you exercise reasonable judgment and caution? The rules of “comparative negligence” measure your own reasonableness in going where you did, in the way you did, just before the accident happened.

Numerous factors regulate if the cause of the fall involved negligence. Our personal injury lawyers will determine “premises liability.” Did the property owner have actual knowledge, or constructive knowledge, that the condition existed prior to the fall? Did the owner reasonably make regular and thorough efforts to keep the property safe and clean? Were there structural defects to the building?

If a loved one or you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, call Holland & Lamoureux, P.A. toll free at (866) 225-4907. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to accept your case, we will work on a contingent fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary award or recovery of funds. Don’t delay. You may have a valid claim and be entitled to compensation for your injuries, but a lawsuit must be filed before the statute of limitations expires.

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