Imagine walking down the pathway at a local school. You're there to pick up your child, and you have to climb several stairs to reach the main doors. You don't notice anything dangerous, but when you reach the second step, you slide unexpectedly and end up falling down several brick stairs. You're cut, bleeding and upset that there was ice left where you, and many children, could fall and get hurt.
If you slip and fall, there is a chance that you might get seriously hurt. It is normal for people who slip and fall to end up hitting their heads. Some people try to catch themselves and break their arms. In other circumstances, there could be risks of lacerations, burns or other significant injuries.
Slip and fall accidents happen all too often. Property owners are responsible for making sure there are no hazards on their property that could harm visitors, both invited and uninvited. Slip and fall accidents can lead to serious injuries, such as broken bones, impalement, drowning and many other injuries. Today, we will take a look at the steps you should take following such an accident.
As summer winds down in Wisconsin, many people are hosting backyard parties for friends, family, co-workers and neighbors. It can be a lot of fun to grill some burgers, toss back a few cold ones and perhaps even try your hand at a game of lawn darts. However, slip-and-fall accidents have a way of putting a damper on outdoor social events.
As a Wisconsin property owner, you are obligated to make sure the outside and inside of your business or home are safe for those who visit you or patronize your shop. Similarly, when you enter a store, government building or another person's private residence, the owner or landlord of the property must inform you of any possible hazards that may be present at the time, such as debris that could cause slip and fall accidents. If something happens to cause you injury, and you learn that the property owner knew of the issue but never told you or did anything to remove the danger, that person may be legally liable for your injury.
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.
Sometimes you might be at risk for injury simply from venturing outside your own home, perhaps to a Wisconsin shopping mall or even to a company picnic or private party at the home of an acquaintance. When you step foot on another person's property, the owner of that property is obligated to make sure it is kept in safe condition to help any and all guests to the property to avoid injury. Slip-and-fall accidents can occur when property owners fail to fulfill their responsibilities.
Wisconsin property owners are not free of obligation regarding those who visit their premises. Each person who owns property must keep the grounds as safe as possible for guests. There are several types of situations that may create liability if this obligation is not fulfilled and slip and fall accidents occur.
Slip and fall accidents can lead to huge medical expenses that may fall onto the head of the victim, adding insult to injury. Slip and fall incidents are one of the most common cases that lawyers work. A good lawyer knows that even if yellow and orange warning signs were posted, there are still some circumstances where the establishment could have been negligent and you could collect your medical expenses.
In a previous post, we began discussing how even though we take it for granted that the owners or possessors of commercial or residential property will do everything in their power to ensure the premises is safe, this is often not the case, and it's the customers and guests who end up paying the price in the form of serious bodily injuries.