Slip and fall injuries in a commercial space
Slip and Fall injuries are some of the most common accidental injuries in the United States. These types of injuries can be severe in nature and require extensive medical care, rehabilitation, physical therapy and even surgery. Being injured in a slip and fall accident at a store or other commercial property can be frightening, disorienting, and confusing. What happened? Whose fault was it? Who is responsible for paying for medical bills incurred because of the accident? We have helped many clients who were injured on commercial property and had a premises liability claim against the owner. If you have questions about an injury you sustained at a store or other commercial property, call our office today to speak with our team and find out how we can help.
Who is responsible for an accident that happens in a commercial location?
In a broad sense, whoever is responsible for the condition of the premises where the fall occurred can be held liable for your injuries. This could be the owner of the property, or the person or business who rents from the owner. In certain cases, a maintenance company, landscaper, or other entity responsible for upkeep can be liable for these injuries. Keep in mind that not every accident that occurs in a commercial space is one where someone else is liable. Sometimes people just trip and fall. In North Carolina, you have to prove that you were in no way contributing to your accident, which can be tough. This is why its always in your best interest to speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer, to know exactly where you stand, and how best to proceed. Generally speaking though, if an accident happened in a store or commercial space as a result of a hazard that the owner knew existed and did not remedy, or as a result of negligent maintenance of a space, you may have a case that a lawyer can help you with.
What kinds of injuries result from slip and fall accidents?
Falling on hard surface like pavement, tile, linoleum and concrete can have devastating effects. We’ve seen broken bones, fractures and dislocations, as well as injuries like traumatic brain injuries (TBI), spinal cord injuries, and concussions. These falls can leave people with significant medical issues, and require significant follow up care and intensive treatment. If you have fallen in a commercial space, it is always in your best interest to run your case past an experienced lawyer who can help you figure out what your options are.
Do I need to hire a lawyer if I’m injured in a Slip and Fall?
You are never required to hire a lawyer. That being said, it almost always behooves you to speak with an attorney for a free consultation, to help get an idea of what your case is worth, and how best to pursue it. Often times, a commercial entity will deny any liability in the accident, and say that you were being careless or not paying proper attention to your surroundings. In these cases, it can be difficult to prove that you were not at all responsible for the injuries you sustained. Even when liability is not contested, a good lawyer who is skilled in negotiation and intimately familiar with the legal process can command a higher offer than a sole individual. So even if you end up paying a lawyer out of your settlement or jury verdict, you likely will still come out ahead, because your lawyer was able to negotiate a much higher amount than you would have been able to on your own.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident that occurred in a commercial space, call us today to talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer who can help you figure out what to do next. We fight hard for you, so you can focus on your recovery and getting your life back on track. Our consultations are always free and we’re here to help.