When You Trip Or Slip On Someone Else’s Property
Property owners have the responsibility to maintain a safe environment on their properties. This is to reduce the chance of a visitor being injured in an accident, particularly a slip-and-fall accident, on the property. When an accident does occur because a property owner failed to remove a hazardous condition on his or her property, the victim may seek compensation for his or her damages through a premises liability claim with the help of a personal injury lawyer.
With nearly 80 years of combined experience, the attorneys of Hammett, Bellin & Oswald, LLC, serve clients in Appleton and Neenah as well as Door County. Our attorneys will work with you after a fall to hold negligent property owners responsible and to get the compensation you deserve. We will work with you to create a personalized legal strategy for you and fight for your rights as you recover. Contact us today for a no-cost consultation.
Injuries That Can Result From A Fall
There are many ways you can be injured in a slip-and-fall accident. These injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Sprains and strains
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
If you slip or fall, regardless of where the incident occurs, seek medical attention in a timely manner. Even if you do not feel like you suffered an injury, you could have been injured in a way that will become much more severe and require much more extensive treatment if it is left undiagnosed for a prolonged period of time.
Who Is Liable For My Damages After A Slip Or Fall?
When an injury occurs on private property, whether it is a commercial property like a store or entertainment venue or a private home, the property’s owner is liable for the victim’s damages if the victim can demonstrate that the injury occurred because of the property owner’s negligence. When a hazardous condition cannot be removed or repaired immediately, a property owner should post clear, legible warnings around the hazard to alert visitors to take extra care to prevent accidents.
Examples of negligence that can result in a property owner being found liable for a victim’s damages include:
- Failing to clean up a wet spill
- Failing to removed frayed wires or fire hazards
- Failing to repair a broken staircase, handrail or walkway
- Failing to secure carpets, wires and other objects on the floor
- Failing to adequately warn victims of potential hazards on the property, such as deep holes in the ground
Generally, trespassers cannot seek compensation for their slip-and-fall damages, but this is not always the case. A property owner may be liable for a trespassing child’s damages or damages suffered by adult victims if the property owner knew that trespassers frequently entered the property.
Work With An Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer In Appleton, Wisconsin
Do not allow yourself to suffer financially as the result of an injury sustained in a slip or fall due to another party’s negligence. If you are facing high medical bills, lost wages and any other expense because of your injury, consider working with an experienced Appleton personal injury attorney to seek monetary compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim. To learn more, contact our team or call us at 920-267-6822 to schedule your initial consultation in our office.