Slip and Falls: What to Know About Negligence
Have you recently suffered from an accident where you slipped and fell? If so, the accident is more complicated than it seems. You might have clearly sustained an injury on someone else's property, but that does not mean you have the right to receive compensation for the damages you sustained. Negligence plays a big part in a personal injury claim for a few reasons, which is why it helps to know the following things.
Know How Negligence Applies to Slip and Falls
You may know what negligence is, but the way it applies to a personal injury is different than its definition in the dictionary. You must ask yourself which person didn't demonstrate reasonable care in the situation, either the property owner or the person that was injured.
For instance, consider a situation where someone falls in a retail store near a sign that indicates the floor is wet. Who would be negligent in this situation? Having a sign that says the floor is wet may seem like the business owner is covered, but that does not tell the full story of negligence
Consider if the injured person was able to see the wet floor sign before they fell, if the sign was centered in the spill, if the injured person was capable of understanding the wet floor sign, and if the sign had been placed soon after the spill. As the business owner, simply putting up a sign may not be enough if the sign was not in a place it can be seen. As the injured person, they may have missed the sign because they were tired or under the influence of alcohol.
Even injury cases that seem clear cut can be complicated when you determine who was the negligent party.
Know When to Consult an Attorney
When negligence is a possible question in your injury case, it would be wise to meet with a personal injury attorney to receive legal council. They can really help you out in situations where each party is partially responsible for being negligent, and you need to seek out partial compensation to help offset the cost of your injury.
Don't make the mistake of thinking you are responsible for an injury when the other party was negligent. A personal injury attorney has worked with these types of cases and the past, and they know what defenses will and will not hold up in court.