Premises Liability Cases Can Be Challenging.
Premises Liability cases often arise in “slip and fall” or “trip and fall” situations. These happen when you fall or are otherwise injured on another person’s property due to a defect, negligent maintenance or negligent failure to provide notice of a hazard on a property. Though premises liability cases are often among the most challenging cases, that does not mean your case is not viable. At Reed Firm, we don’t shy away from difficult premises liability cases. In fact, we’ve had tremendous success where other law firms have failed.
Think about it. Chances are good that you’ll experience an injury on the premises of another at some point in your lifetime. Falls alone account for nearly one-third of all non-fatal injuries in the U.S., according to Injury Facts, the source for statistical data on unintentional injuries created by the National Safety Council. More than 800,000 patients are hospitalized each year because of a fall injury, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture. Slips, trips, and falls are a major cause of preventable injuries and deaths in the workplace; only motor vehicle incidents cause more worker fatalities.
If you experience a slip, trip, or fall that could result in a premises liability claim, here’s what to do. First, report the injury and how you were injured to the manager, owner, or employee who works on the property. Complete an incident report, and request a copy of it. Second, make a mental note of your surroundings. Write them down at your first opportunity. Third, if at all possible, take pictures of the hazard that caused you to fall. Finally, write down the names and contact information of any witnesses who saw the accident or noticed what caused it. These cases can often boil down to “he said, she said,” so the more witnesses who can accurately state what happened, the better.