Who is financially accountable for slip-and-fall accidents?

Just because someone walking on a sidewalk in Wisconsin trips, falls and sprains an ankle, does not necessarily mean another party is liable for the injury. However, it may well be if the owner of the property where the accident occurred was negligent in some way. Property owners in this state and others are obligated to try to prevent slip-and-fall accidents by properly maintaining their grounds and keeping them as safe as possible for pedestrians.

A woman in another state has filed a civil lawsuit against a local business. She says she was merely trying to enter the building owned by the defendants when she tripped and fell on a sidewalk out front. Her claim states the sidewalk was very uneven and poorly marked, creating a significant hazard and ultimately resulting in her injuries.

The woman is seeking compensation for damages that include lost wages, medical expenses and pain and suffering as well as emotional trauma. She says not only did business owners fail to maintain the area, but they also failed to warn guests about the uneven pavement that posed a serious safety hazard. A jury trial has been requested.

As most recovering victims of slip-and-fall accidents in Wisconsin do, this particular woman has hired attorneys to represent her in court. Experienced and aggressive litigation often increases the chances of a favorable outcome in personal injury cases. Since burden of proof lies with the plaintiff in such situations, it often helps when an attorney is the one trying to convince a jury that another party or parties should be held legally accountable for an injury.

Source: setexasrecord.com, "Woman alleges uneven sidewalk caused fall at Enterprise Rent-A-Car Co.", Philip Gonzales, Jan. 16, 2018

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