How Can I Tell If I Can File a Slip and Fall Claim?
The answer to whether or not you should file this type of claim is bound up in the details of your slip and fall case. The best way to find the answer is to discuss your accident with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney.
At the Whitley Law Firm, it’s free to discuss your case and to find out if you can file a slip and fall claim. Don’t hesitate to call us right away to ask for your free consultation, as you can call us 24/7. In the meantime, here are a few examples to give you an idea of what qualifies as a valid slip and fall claim:
Let’s say that Maria is on a train platform, when she slips and falls because of a wet, yellow banana peel. As it is clear by the condition of the peel that it was recently dropped, Jordan would not be able to claim that the manager had failed to keep the platform clean. You can only sweep so often.
But, the station could still be faulted for the accident if, for example, a shop on the platform is where bananas are sold, and there is only one trash can, one that is stuffed and spilling over. In this instance, management could be faulted for not allowing a place to safely deposit banana peels, contributing to the slip and fall accident.
If at a different train station, John also falls on a banana peel, but this one is blackened and dried out, then it would be clear that the peel had been allowed to sit there for a considerable amount of time. It would be much more straightforward in this case to show that management had failed in their duty to keep the platform reasonably safe and clean.
Finally, let’s say that Jordan is going through an area she has never been before. She notices workers at a warehouse loading up a company truck with supplies, and she decides to go over to ask for directions. She walks through an open gate to get to the workers when she slips and falls on a small puddle of oil.
Unfortunately for Jordan, she wasn’t a customer, and she had walked through a gate that had an “Authorized Personnel Only” sign. The warehouse owner is probably not going to be liable for her slip and fall injuries. However, the gate was left open, and it was not strange for her to seek directions. The owner’s insurance might cover her injuries, unless contributory negligence gets in the way.
If you think your case might qualify for a slip and fall claim, then call one of our personal injury lawyers in Raleigh as soon as possible. Find out if you have a case before it expires!