Do I Have a Personal Injury Claim for a Slip and Fall AccidentDo I have a personal injury claim for a slip and fall accident? If you are asking this question, it is probably because you have suffered a slip and fall accident and are wondering whether you have a personal injury claim as a result of the accident.
A slip and fall accident is also known as a trip and fall. A slip comes about when there is too little friction or a lack of traction between the shoes you are wearing and the surface you are walking on. A trip results from your foot colliding with or striking some type of object. When you slip or trip, it often causes you to lose your balance, which results in a fall.
Just about all of us have slipped or tripped and fallen down at some time or other in their life. In many instances, this happens as a result of not paying attention, being clumsy or failing to be careful.
However, this is not always the case. There are times when you have a slip and fall accident because of some kind of hazard or dangerous condition on property that belongs to someone else.
A slip and fall accident may take place at almost any location. This includes grocery stores, sidewalks, malls, a rental or private home, amusement parks, hotels, resorts and public parks, to name a few.
A slip and fall accident comes under the heading of what is known as premises liability law. This refers to legal principles that hold landowners and tenants accountable when someone comes on their property and is injured because of some kind of hazard or dangerous condition.
In deciding whether you have a personal injury claim for a slip and fall accident, keep this in mind. Even though you had a slip and fall accident on someone elses property, this does not always mean that the owner of that property is liable and legally responsible for any injuries that you sustain.
The first thing to consider in whether you have a personal injury claim for a slip and fall accident is what caused your accident. If the accident was your fault, you do not have a personal injury claim.
However, if you believe that your slip and fall accident happened because of a hazard or some kind of dangerous condition that the owner of the property should have attended to, a second thing to consider is how serious are your injuries that resulted from the accident. If your injuries are minor and superficial, it is probably not worth the hassle of pursuing a personal injury claim. On the other hand, if you suffered serious injuries, it may well be worthwhile in making a personal injury claim.
You should also know that winning a personal injury claim for a slip and fall accident is not easy. It can be hard to prove who is at fault. The right thing to do is to talk to a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.
Article written by James Shugart
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