Slip And Fall Claims – Helpful Information From Las Vegas Personal Injury LawyersFiled under Personal Injury
The term “slip and fall,” as used in the field of personal injury law, is pretty self-explanatory. In general, a person slips and falls due to a dangerous condition and sustains injuries. The main legal issue in cases of this kind is showing that the dangerous condition was created or allowed to exist based upon the negligence of another person.
People slip and fall every single day. From the time we are children, we are used to occasionally falling – it’s all part of being a bipedal organism. However, the law allows a person to recover based upon a “slip and fall” if the injury is caused by the negligence of another person. In other words, if you slip and fall on either government or personal property, you can recover damages for injuries sustained if the owner or persons responsible for maintaining the property knew or should have known about the dangerous condition.
What qualifies as a dangerous condition depends upon particular circumstances. Some examples of dangerous conditions include the following:
â- Water or other wet substance on the floor;
â- Cracks on a sidewalk;
â- Food or other items left on the floor;
â- Unmarked steps;
â- Poorly maintained hand rails;
â- Excessive polish on a tile floor.
Unfortunately, many people associate a “slip and fall” as a minor accident. This is often not the case. A slip and fall can result in significant spinal and neurological injuries. Further, depending upon the age of the victim, what might otherwise be a minor accident can exacerbate more serious injuries.
From a legal perspective, slip and fall cases can be very difficult to prove. The biggest legal issue in any slip and fall case is establishing that the person who might be liable either knew of the dangerous condition or should have known of the condition through reasonable inspection. The fact that you might have slipped, fallen and injured yourself is not enough to establish liability. To prevail, a claimant has to show that the person being sued had “notice” of the dangerous condition and failed to do anything about it.
Because of the complexities involved with slip and fall cases, it is essential to have aggressive and experienced representation. Insurance companies defend these cases vigorously. For this reason, many lawyers will avoid taking on a slip and fall case.
If you’ve slipped and fallen, “don’t get mad, get legal!” Get the legal representation you deserve and that will put you in the best position to maximize your potential claim.