Slip and Fall Accidents
Representing Victims of Slip and Fall Accidents
If you’ve slipped and fallen, now is the time to reach out to an experienced Glastonbury attorney for help. Many people slip and fall on business premises, as well as in government buildings or even on someone else’s private property. There are many hazards which can send a person tumbling to the ground and cause serious injury.
Fortunately, Connecticut law requires that property owners use adequate care to make their property safe for visitors. However, it’s not enough that you have fallen and hurt yourself. You need to establish a link between the property owner’s actions and your injuries. Contact a Glastonbury slip and fall attorney at Tehrani Law Group today for help.
Slip and Fall Hazards
Many dangerous conditions can lead to a slip and fall:
- Weather Conditions: Snow, sleet, ice, or even rainwater can all cause a person to lose their footing.
- Debris: Paper, trash, and other debris can lead to a slip.
- Spilled Liquids: Any condensation or pooled liquids can make the floor slippery. A smashed bottle of pickles or air conditioner condensation can lead to a fall.
- Poor Visibility: Inadequate lighting or even glare can prevent a person from finding their footing.
- Lack of Maintenance: Worn carpets, buckled floorboards, and disintegrating staircases often cause injury. For example, a property owner might not replace a banister that falls off an old staircase.
Property Owner’s Duty of Care
- Invitee: Someone on property to do business or as an invited guest is an invitee. Property owners must inspect the property for defects and take steps to make the property reasonably safe. They are also liable for any defects which they could have discovered with reasonable inspection.
- Licensee: A person permitted to be on the property is a licensee. Owners must refrain from willfully hurting them and warn of hidden dangers the owner actually knows about.
- Trespasser: A trespasser has no right to enter or remain on property. The owner must refrain from intentionally injuring trespassers and, if they allow the trespasser to remain, treat them as a licensee.
What to Do Immediately Following a Fall
- Photograph the hazard, using your phone. You want to show it exists. Snow and ice can melt, and owners can remove trash or fix worn carpets.
- Identify witnesses who saw the fall and get their contact information. They can testify as to what caused your accident.
- Immediately go to the hospital for treatment. The sooner you see a doctor, the better. You also begin to document the severity of your injuries.