As you can probably guess, slip and fall injuries can occur just about
anywhere. But, the location of your fall can have an influence on your
insurance claim or lawsuit. There are some locations that are common to
slip and fall lawsuits. Understanding some of the issues inherent in these
types of cases can help you to understand what to expect during litigation,
or even settlement negotiations.
Slip and falls in stores
One of the major problems in litigating slip and fall cases that occur
in supermarkets, Walmart, or other large stores, is proving responsibility.
Usually, with large stores, the duty to inspect and maintain various areas
of the store falls on many different employees. Another common difficulty
is dealing with insurance companies for large retail chains. Mega companies,
like Walmart, believe that fighting the lawsuits makes the most long-term sense.
Slip and falls in someone’s home
Slip and fall accidents that occur at an individual’s personal residence
can be a sensitive matter, especially if you are friends with the homeowner,
which is often the case. Luckily, most claims are paid by homeowner’s
insurance so your friend will likely not have to come out of pocket to
compensate for your injuries. Slip and fall accidents that occur in an
apartment, on the other hand, can be more complicated when it comes to
proving responsibility. You may be looking at either the landlord, the
tenant, or both, being liable for your injuries.
Slip and fall accidents on public property
A slip and fall at a public park, a public building, or even a street or
sidewalk is often the responsibility of a government entity. However,
claims or lawsuits against the government are always very tricky. They
present certain procedural challenges, such as immunity, that should be
faced without the assistance of an attorney.
If you have questions regarding a personal injury matter, contact us
online or by calling the Law Office of Cody R. Wix, LLC, at (205) 381-4787.