Two common categories of injury claims are "Slip & Fall" and "Trip & Fall" cases. Personal injuries suffered on another's property, whether on a sidewalk or in a home, apartment complex, hotel, park, store, nightclub, bar, healthcare facility, entertainment facility, or commercial property are often the result of negligent maintenance or the complete disregard for the safety of others. If you or a family member have been injured in a slip and fall, trip and fall or other accident, such as a dog bite, away from your home, because of a dangerous or hazardous condition on someone else's property, that property owner may be liable for your injuries.
The general rule of law is that the owner or operator of the premises has a duty to inspect and keep the premises in reasonably safe condition. The property owner or possessor also has a duty to warn of concealed perils that he or she knows about or should know about, through the exercise of reasonable care. The "owner" may be an individual, corporation, or government (city, state, county, etc.).
Ideally, a slip and fall accident report should be completed at the time of the incident noting what happened, who witnessed both the accident and the conditions that caused the fall along with any other relevant information such as lighting. The requirement for a slip and fall accident report is generally a store or business policy, rather than mandated by law.
If a slip and fall case report is not completed at the business location or occurred at private location or was not observed by others, compile a record of what happened yourself. Include information such as:
- A description of the circumstances
- Who was present at the place of the accident
- The comments made by those who saw or helped after the fall
- If possible, take photos of the area. If you were physically hurt, have your slip and fall injury checked out immediately to help substantiate your slip and fall claim.
If you or your loved one have been injured because of a slip and fall accident, or thinking to bring a slip and fall lawsuit to the court, know your legal rights by contacting us immediately.
We work closely with clients who are injured because of someone's failure to maintain or remove hazardous conditions from their property or give proper warning of dangerous conditions.
Our firm serves clients throughout the northwest Indiana and Chicago area. Many of our clients are from Elkhart, Goshen, Gary, South Bend and throughout Indiana's Newton, LaPorte, and Lake county area. We frequently travel to the Newton and LaPorte county area to meet with clients, and can meet with you as soon as 24 hours after you call us.
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