Placing blame in the right place is crucial after a slip-and-fall
Falling and hurting yourself can be embarrassing, no matter the circumstances of your fall, and it can be days or weeks later before you realize the full extent of your injuries. What you initially thought was a minor incident could actually be the source of significant injuries and a lengthy, costly recovery.
If you fell while visiting private property or while you were at a Wisconsin business or other public place, it may not be your fault. In fact, circumstances beyond your control could be to blame for your pain and suffering. Your slip-and-fall accident could be valid grounds for a personal injury claim, and you could have a rightful claim to financial compensation.
Who or what is at fault for my fall?
Whether your fall was on private property or occurred on public property, the property owner bears a certain amount of responsibility to keep the premises free from unnecessary hazards. It can be difficult to determine if you suffered as the result of any type of negligence or wrongdoing, but you may have a claim if you can prove any of the following:
- An employee or the owner of the property should have known about the hazard on the property and had a reasonable amount of time to fix it.
- The property owner or one of his or her employees knew about the hazard but did not fix, repair or eliminate it.
- The property owner or one of his or her employees actually caused the hazard.
Premises liability cases can be extremely complicated because it can be difficult to prove without question that a property owner should have known about a hazard. Additionally, it can be difficult to determine what constitutes a reasonable amount of time in which to effectively address an issue. However, it is still possible to build a strong claim and secure the compensation you need for a full recovery.
Experience counts when your recovery is on the line
Personal injury cases can be complex, and you would be wise to only navigate this process with the help of an experienced legal ally. Close knowledge of the law and experienced in premises liability claims can be crucial for your success with a personal injury claim.
You have the right to know your options, and with the right support and guidance, you can fight to hold liable parties accountable for the circumstances that led to your slip-and-fall accident. Building a strong claim can begin simply by seeking a complete evaluation of your case as soon as possible after your fall.