If you have ever watched the television program “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” you know that watching people slip and fall is one of the primary events viewers find amusing. On YouTube, you can watch an 11-minute video of 100 falling people, which is expected to make you laugh. If you or someone you love has been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, you may not think these videos are quite so funny.
According to the National Floor Safety Institute, every year more than 8 million people visit emergency rooms due to falls. One million of those slipped on something that caused them to plummet to the ground or floor. Slip-and-fall injuries are the primary reason people miss time from work. For people between the ages of 65 and 84, falls are the second leading cause of injury-related deaths.
The Maine Department of Labor publishes a booklet entirely devoted to ways employers can help protect their workers from slipping on ice in the winter. With so much attention to slip-and-fall accidents, you may think these cases are easy to prove in the legal system. However, there are many factors that make slip and falls a complex area of the law. You need an experienced personal injury lawyer to help you prove your case.
Reasons You Need an Attorney to Pursue Your Damages Claim
It is not as easy as saying, “Please pay my medical bills and lost wages because I slipped and fell on your property.” For example, if you slipped on orange juice spilled on the floor at a supermarket, you may or may not be able to collect damages from the store. It is not enough just to prove that you fell. You also have to prove that the person in control of the premises was negligent. In other words, you must prove facts such as whether the owner:
- Knew the orange juice had been spilled on the floor.
- Had time to clean up the spill before you slipped on it.
- Negligently left the spill on the floor without promptly cleaning it up.
- Had time to warn you of the danger but failed to do so.
You must also anticipate that the store owner or manager may claim that you yourself were negligent by stepping into the orange juice puddle in the first place. Partial negligence on the part of the injured party can sometimes bar recovery. It can sometimes result in reduced damages. The facts and circumstances of each slip and fall need to be fully investigated.
A slip and fall attorney knows the intricacies of the law and how to prove your case. Damages can extend to losses beyond just medical expenses and lost wages. In some cases, multiple parties may be responsible including separate entities responsible for maintaining the property. An experienced attorney will know how to investigate your case to help you recover the compensation to which you are legally entitled.
Call Fales & Fales, P.A.
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, call Fales & Fales, P.A., at (888) 526-9408 to schedule a free consultation and case evaluation. If you prefer email, contact the law firm online. We represent clients in Androscoggin Valley, Auburn, Lewiston, Central Maine and the surrounding areas. Contact us.