A slip and fall accident is when someone slips or trips on an unsafe walking surface, such as ice or water on the ground, loose flooring, or a faulty stairway. If your injury occurred due to an unreasonably unsafe hazard on another’s property, it is considered a particular kind of negligence called premises liability.
Premises liability is not defined by Burlington law or even state statute. It is a function of the common law, which is a civil law among private parties that has to do with how people have to take care of each other, including what kind of care they must take not to hurt visitors to their property.
If you were injured on another’s property due to negligent or careless maintenance or construction, you may hold the careless premises owner accountable for your damages. Due to the unique aspects of a Burlington slip and fall case, it is best to seek help from an experienced attorney. Drew Palcsik, a diligent slip and fall attorney, will advocate on your behalf and build the case so you are compensated for all of your damages.
How A Property Owner Could Be Considered Negligent
There are several ways to prove that a property owner’s negligence caused your injuries. It may be demonstrated that someone has been unreasonable in their care of their property is if there is an unreasonably dangerous condition that the property owner, manager, or person in charge of the land knew about, should have known about, or would have known about if they had inspected the premises. A property owner or manager is given a reasonable amount of time to address hazards in a way that fixes it, guards against injury from it, or warns people about the potential for injury.
The question of whether something is reasonable or unreasonable is for jurors to decide in a civil court case. It is a function of the community at large to decide what people’s expectations are for their neighbors and for the businesses in their community as to what constitutes the kind of care is expected and what is not enough.
What is considered reasonably careful in an urban setting might differ from what is considered reasonable in a very rural environment in Burlington. Some municipalities, such as the City of Burlington, have codes which provide certain standards and rules which may be considered as part of the standard of care a property owner must meet.
Common Injuries Sustained In A Slip And Fall Case
Some of the most common injuries sustained in a slip and fall case are extremity issues such as:
- Twisted or damaged knees and hips
- Broken hip
- Lower back injuries
- Wrist and hand injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Head injuries
How Could A Burlington Attorney Help With A Slip And Fall Case?
What makes slip and fall cases unique is that while there is often a clear legal case to be made that a property owner or manager did not take reasonable care to your injuries, often with these kinds of cases, the hardest people to convince are the jurors. Drew Palcsik will help with your specific slip and fall case. In addition to collecting the evidence, digging into the weather conditions, and finding out what all the inspection policies and procedures are to build the legal case, it is Drew’s job to figure out what juror attitudes are and to make sure that he does his best to frame the case in a way that has the best chance of success.
Call today to learn more about the unique aspects of a Burlington slip and fall case and how Drew can help.