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Understanding Slip and Fall Lawsuits
If I, as a property owner, invite members of the public onto my property for financial gain, I owe all individuals invited onto my property a duty of care to ensure that they are safe from known dangers. The duty of care is highest when it involves a proprietor and a customer. However, homeowners also owe friends, family, and even the mailman a duty of care as well. But the duty of care is highest when the relationship is between proprietors and their customers.
Common Types of Slip, Trip, and Fall Lawsuits
The most common types of slip, trip, and fall lawsuits are generally litigated against major chain stores like Walmart. In fact, Walmart has become a lightning rod for slip, trip, and fall lawsuits, perhaps because they leave their overstock in the aisles and their stores are so large, that it could be easy to allow hazards to pile up. Regardless, those who are injured on the premises of a large chain store are owed damages related to their medical expenses, lost wages, and reduced quality of life.
- Department store injuries – Account for the majority of slip, trip, and fall lawsuits. Property owner is obligated to fix or remedy dangerous conditions at the moment they become known. Plaintiff must establish that the property owner knew or should have known about the dangerous condition.
- Parking lot injuries – In winter, property owners have an obligation to salt, plow, and otherwise ensure that their parking lots are free of slip hazards.
- Negligent security – Slip and falls happen in bars and restaurants, but so do physical assaults. If a patron is injured due to the actions of another patron, and the bar or restaurant has a history of assaults on the premises, then you can sue them for failing to provide adequate security.
Damages in a Slip and Fall Lawsuit
Slip and fall lawsuits are becoming some of the most expensive for department stores to defend. Those who fall tend to sustain serious injuries. These include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Neck and spinal injuries
- Defensive injuries to their arms
- Sprained ankles
- Back injuries
An invitee who is injured in a slip and fall accident may be able to recover damages related to their medical expenses, missed time from work/lost wages, and reduced quality of life issues (pain and suffering). The proprietor would be expected to pay those damages for their failure to ensure that their property was safe for customers.
Our attorneys have successfully resolved hundreds of slip and fall accident lawsuits in Terre Haute. Call today and we can begin preparing your case immediately.