Should I Get Legal Help with My Slip and Fall Claim?

“Slip and fall” is a phrase used in personal injury cases where a person may trip, slip, and fall on another person’s property. Many people are seriously injured each year when they fall on a flight of stairs, or trip over an uneven floor surface, or an irregular piece of ground. How can a personal injury attorney prove negligence in these cases?

Proving fault

Property owners should be careful in keeping up their property. By the same token, it is a normal part of life – gravity, in fact – that allows things to drip onto the floor, and for once smooth surfaces to crack or become uneven. For a property owner to be legally responsible for your injuries incurred on his property, one of three things has to be true:

  •  An employee or the property owner had knowledge of the treacherous surface but did nothing to rectify it
  • An employee or the property owner caused the dangerous spill, torn spot, or other icy or greasy surface to be underfoot
  • A “reasonable person” caring for the property would have noticed the slippery surface and fixed it

A client’s own “carelessness” must also be examined. Was it reasonable for you to be in that place? Would a more careful person have seen the dangerous location, and walked around it? Were there any signs warning about the dangerous spot? Were you jumping or running, or acting in such a way that helped to cause your fall?

A personal injury attorney will investigate all of the above questions, and weigh it against legal liability. He will also help you to protect your legal rights after an accident, assist you with insurance company claims, and negotiate a fair settlement. For professional legal assistance, contact Welcenbach Law Offices today!

Author Bio

Robert J. Welcenbach Robert Welcenbach is an Owner and Partner at Welcenbach Injury Law, a family-owned personal injury law firm in Milwaukee, WI. With more than 24 years of experience practicing law, he seeks justice for clients in a wide range of legal areas, including car accidents, class actions, dog bites, nursing home abuse, and other personal injury matters.

Robert received his Juris Doctor from the Marquette University Law School and is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin. He has received numerous accolades for his work, including being nominated and selected as a Milwaukee Personal Injury and Class Action Super Lawyer every year since 2008.

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