Slip & Fall

Slip & Fall Cases

Wet floors, poorly maintained exit and entrance points, cluttered walkways, insufficient lighting, and uneven floors can all cause individuals to slip, fall, and suffer serious injuries that have lasting effects.  Slip and fall cases often result in broken hips; severe injuries to the head, back and neck; shattered knee caps; torn ligaments; dislocated joints, and other injuries that will likely require not only immediate medical attention, but future medical attention, rehabilitation, lost wages due to an inability to work, permanent disability, and pain and suffering.

Typical Law Governing Premises Liability

Typically, slip and fall cases occur at a place of business that is held open to the public.  If that’s the case, then the property owner will likely be held liable for injuries you suffered from your slip and fall if all of the following are true: (1) the property owner knew or should’ve known of the dangerous condition that caused you to slip and fall; (2) he knew or should’ve known that you would be unlikely to discover and protect yourself from the dangerous condition; (3) he did not use reasonable care to repair, replace, or adequately warn you about the dangerous condition; (4) you suffered injuries as a result of the dangerous condition.

If you’re contemplating a lawsuit for your slip and fall injuries that occurred on someone else’s property, CLICK HERE to build a good understanding of what a personal injury case looks like, from start to finish, and to see numerous examples of official lawsuit related documents.

How to Gather Evidence in a Slip and Fall Case

In a slip and fall case, details matter.  For example, if you slip on a wet floor in a grocery store due to some spilled milk, it is helpful to know how long that milk was there on the floor before you slipped on it, whether employees were told about the spilled milk and failed to act, if other customers had reported the spill, or whether there were signs warning people of the wet floor.  If the milk was spilled just moments before by another customer, and no one in the store had been alerted to or had time to respond to the problem, you may have a much harder case to prove than if the milk was spilled five minutes ago and an employee walked by the spill on their way to a lunch break, but didn’t want to stop to clean it up; or a customer reported it to an employee, but the employee hadn’t had a chance to clean it up yet; or the employees weren’t doing maintenance on the store as was required by their employee handbook.

The important thing to understand is that the small details matter and can end up being big pieces of the puzzle in trial. It’s also important to understand that just because you don’t have a “smoking gun,” or evidence that directly points the finger of blame, you’re not out of luck.  There are a lot of things your attorney can do to gather the evidence needed to win your case.

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Call Red Law For A Consultation

Our office welcomes new clients and will always provide you with a friendly and professional attorney that will be happy to discuss your case with you.  If you’d like to discuss the injuries you’ve suffered from a slip and fall and a potential lawsuit with a Red Law attorney, please call us at 801-4770-RED or email us at contact@redlawutah.com.  In a consultation with a Red Law attorney, your attorney will provide you with a professional opinion of your case, how Red Law can help you, and a rough time frame for your potential lawsuit.