Of the many accidents that can happen to us and leave us injured, few of them are as simple and seemingly innocuous as a slip-and-fall. All it takes for a slip to happen is a bit of uneven footing, a bit of moisture on a surface, or a small object like a marble or a grape. As we age, the danger grows even greater, as our bones become less resistant to stress and shock. Regardless of a person’s age, a slip-and-fall can leave you in a position where your financial and physical health is compromised. It’s important that should an accident of this nature occur, you are aware of your legal options.
Potentially, yes. Slip-and-fall cases fall under a branch of law called premises liability. Essentially, the term is referring to someone being responsible for certain injuries or accidents that occur on their property. One of the major determining factors in these cases is negligence. If your slip-and-fall resulted from another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Proving negligence can be difficult but it often involves a defendant’s knowledge of, and lack of attention to, a potentially hazardous situation. For example, if a liquid is spilled on the floor of a supermarket and an employee sees it yet fails to clean it, this could be an example of negligence.
Accidents of this nature are not just limited to individuals visiting a premises; a slip-and-fall can easily happen to workers as well. All employers must follow the guidelines and regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, otherwise known as OSHA. Within those OSHA standards are guidelines for ensuring that surface areas that employees walk on are kept clean and safe to protect them from falls. Businesses that fail to follow those guidelines may be subject to fines upon inspection and also may be subject to lawsuits from any injured employees. Again, proving this negligence can be difficult, so it may be in your best interest to find an experienced lawyer.
Proving negligence may require substantial fact-finding. Depending on the circumstances, the legal act of discovery can involve taking depositions from people, reviewing security camera footage, and going through a business’s records. This process has a number of components to it which are best handled by someone with knowledge of what to find and how to find it. It is vital that you have a lawyer on your side to take care of the discovery process and help you get the financial resources you need to aid in your recovery. Contact Escamilla Law Group, PLLC for a free consultation at 623-562-3838. A slip-and-fall may sound like a simple matter, but the legalities of it are complex enough that you’ll need an experienced lawyer at your side. Call the Escamilla Law Group today and let us get started on your case.