Slip-and-fall accidents seem to have been enjoying remarkable success ever since people have taken to physical work. They may also happen in other kinds of work, though – for example in offices, where the floor has not been cleaned well enough and a spilled liquid causes a slip, followed by a fall, which in turn leads to a hospital visit and gradually rising expenses. This is when an accident attorney steps in and offers help in obtaining adequate financial compensation for sustained physical injuries and economic losses resulting from the event or occurring as its direct aftermath.
Accident Attorney In Slip-And-Fall Cases
Slip-and-fall accidents may be divided into a few corresponding types: a trip-and-fall accident, when a person trips over a foreign object, a stump-and-fall accident, when a person trips over an obstruction while walking and a step-and-fall accident, when a person walks onto something unexpected, eg. a hole. All kinds of falls may result from negligence or pure coincidence and are usually caused by leftover food or grease, or even frozen water during wintertime months, when ice makes the surface extremely slippery, and likely to cause a slip-and-fall. The trips and stumps, in turn, are almost expected to happen when the ground is not well-maintained and rich in breaks and bumps, or the lighting is not suitable.
Parties legally responsible for making sure accidents of this sort do not take place are the owners of the property whose part is the section of ground where the accident happened. In cases where the surface is labelled as dangerous, it is both the property owner and the victim who are at fault for the event. When a lawsuit is filed and the case goes to trial, the initial assumption is of both parties being at fault to a certain extent, and each is therefore required to provide substantial evidence to confirm their claims of having undertaken sufficient care while walking on the surface in the case of the victim, or preparing the surface for walking in the case of the owner.
A victim of a slip-and-fall accident is usually expected to cover part of the costs connected to medical attention bills and other expenses related to the event, since the judge will determine the degree of fault of each of the parties and order the owner to only pay as much compensation as the degree to which he or she appears to be liable for the event. The amount of compensation awarded through a lawsuit is usually adequate to financial or property losses resulting from the event, but may also extend to physical trauma. The compensation usually covers all medical expenses (including the future ones) related to the slip-and-fall accident and injuries it caused, wages lost due to inability to work after the accident, pain and suffering, and damaged property (eg. torn clothing).