Evansville Slip & Fall Lawyer
No customer expects to walk into a grocery store or restaurant, slip, fall, and break their arm. Yet, slip and falls happen every day, and victims are routinely sent to the hospital for various injuries ranging from concussions and torn ACL tendons, to serious hip fractures and spinal cord injuries. If you or a loved one were injured in a slip and fall accident, the property/business owner should be held accountable. Your damages, including medical bills and pain and suffering, can be compensated for by the negligent party by filing a personal injury claim, and the Evansville slip & fall lawyers at the office of Indianapolis Injury Lawyers can help you accomplish this.
Common Types of Trip and Falls
Some trip and falls are simply caused by the faller’s poor balance, misstep, or stumble, and are not the fault of the property owner. In other cases, the property owner’s negligence led to the trip and fall. The following are common examples of dangerous flooring or footing circumstances:
- Rainwater or snow/ice at entrances;
- Uneven surfaces;
- Unmarked steps;
- No hand railing on stairway;
- Poor lighting;
- Cluttered walkway;
- Torn carpet or lamentation;
- Slippery walking surface;
- Uneven floor boards; and
In order to prove that the property owner is at fault, the victim must be able to prove that the property owner knew of a hazard and failed to address the hazard, therefore violating their duty of care for invitees or licensees. More precisely, the property owner must have had “actual” or “constructive” knowledge of the hazard, and either not bothered to address the hazard, or improperly addressed the hazard without fixing it.
- Actual knowledge is fairly straightforward. For example, the property owner would have actual knowledge of a hazard if they saw, or an employee saw, a leaking pipe.
- An example of constructive knowledge, which can be used to bring a premises liability suit in Indiana such as in the Supreme Court case of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Blaylock, is as follows: an old water heater has leaked numerous times in the last year, causing flooding in a store. The property owner had knowledge of this, but used quick fixes that never solved the underlying problem that the water heater needed to be replaced. A customer slips and fractures their neck one day when the water heat suddenly leaks again. Even though the property owner may have not seen the leak themselves, they had constructive knowledge that a leak was likely to happen, causing a hazardous situation for their invitees.
Common Slip and Fall Injuries
The most common falling injuries, according to Spinalcord.com, include:
- Soft tissue injuries;
- Head injuries;
- Cuts and abrasions; and
- Spinal cord injuries.
Call One of Our Evansville Slip and Fall Attorneys
No matter the severity of your slip and fall injuries, you deserve to be fairly compensated by the at-fault property owner, and the Evansville slip and fall lawyers at Indianapolis Injury Lawyers will hold them accountable. Call us today at 317-455- 4043 to schedule a free consultation.