When a serious slip and fall incident occurs, there are various ways to deal with the injuries. Some slip and fall accidents could fall under personal injury or premises liability lawsuits. Due to the complexity of these cases, it’s important and recommended in many cases to speak with a skilled attorney.
If you or someone you know and someone else’s negligence injures love, you deserve someone on your side to fight for you. At White Law, PLLC, we can investigate the specifics of your accident and be with you every step of the way. Certain cases like these can be complex; however, this article will inform you more about the process.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
These types of accidents are prone to happen anywhere, at any time. Some places that commonly can cause slip-and-fall accidents away from home include stores, malls, apartment complexes, restaurants, movie theaters, health clubs, bus stations, workplaces, or schools.
Some examples of common slip and fall accidents include:
- Falling on ice or snow
- Tripping up or down defective staircases
- Slipping on water, grease, or dirty floors
- Missing handrails on staircases, ladders, or outside of a building
- Having an accident on un-maintained parking lots
- Falling due to bad or inadequate lighting
These instances listed above and various other situations can cause slip and fall injuries to happen to anyone. No matter the place or time, slip and fall accidents are quite common. And the injuries that one can sustain from these accidents can be detrimental in most cases.
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How Will an Experienced Slip and Fall Injury Lawyer in Michigan Help Your Case?
In slip and fall cases, some of the legal aspects are confusing and complex. This is why the help of a skilled attorney can gratefully benefit you and your case. In Michigan, the landlord or owner of any property has a legal responsibility to ensure that their property is kept up and safe for those that enter the premises.
Our attorneys know that each property owner can be held liable for your injuries sustained while on the premises. And, we can be of great assistance in collecting the information and documentation needed to fully prove this.
The documentation and information we will collect include:
- Witness statements
- Photos and videos from the crime scene
- The victim’s testimony
- Any medical bills spent for injuries due to the slip and fall accident
- Information from the property owner
From there, we are then able to prove fault to the owner or the property thoroughly.
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Determining Fault in a Slip and Fall Case
When proving fault, there are a few things that must be determined. In general, these five things should be looked at extensively. These four factors include:
- Was there a dangerous condition or conditions that existed on a property? This can be proven by witness statements or by taking photos and videos of the scene of the crime.
- Was the property owner aware that there were bad conditions on their property? Meaning, was everything on the property that could cause issues known by the landlord and ignored? If so, this is negligence.
- The person that was injured, the victim that sustained injuries, was legally allowed on the property, or the property was made public.
- Due to the negligence on the property, you have suffered serious injuries. For instance, if there are exposed wires on the property that the owner is fully aware of but doesn’t fix, and you suffer a slip and fall injury, then the owner is responsible for your injuries.
If these four factors are discussed and proven, then determining fault is very easy in a situation like this. However, having the assistance of a skilled professional will make this even easier. With the knowledge of the laws and rights you have, determining fault can be a breeze.
Compensation for Slip and Fall Claims
As explained in the two above sections, gathering the needed information for a claim and determining fault are very important aspects of filing a legal claim. Once these two things are done, your lawyer will then speak with insurance companies and the negligent party to determine a valid amount of compensation.
The amount of compensation you will receive will depend on various factors, similar to those above. The more negligence and liability are proven, the better chance of a higher amount of compensation you can claim.
In general, the types of damages you can claim include two types of losses. These types of losses include:
- Economic losses: Economic losses, or compensatory damages, are all losses that you have sustained from injuries that can have a monetary value placed on them. For example, medical bills, lost wages, or surgeries could fall under this category and potentially be compensated for.
- Non-economic losses: Opposite of economic losses, these types of losses are things you have lost that don’t necessarily have a monetary value. Loss of enjoyment of life, or pain and suffering are considered non-economic losses.
There is no typical settlement amount for these types of injuries because all injuries are different. Each compensation award is based upon the above factors and are likely not the same between cases. However, no matter the extent of your injuries, we will do our best to ensure you are getting all that you lost and compensated back in all ways possible.
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These cases rarely ever go to trial, but if they do, we are by your side to support you. No matter the case, or factors that affect your case, we do our best to ensure that you are treated fairly and that your rights are upheld.
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