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Slip and Fall Accidents
If you or someone you love has been injured because of an unsafe condition or activity on someone’s property, there is a type of personal injury law that holds negligent individuals responsible for your injuries. Premises liability law is the area of legal practice that protects your rights so that you receive the compensation you deserve.
The most common types of premises liability claims involve slip and fall and trip and fall accidents. Slip and fall accidents are common in Northern New England due to the snowy and icy conditions present throughout the winter months. Slip and falls and trip and falls frequently occur in stores where spills or other items are left in the shopping aisles and not picked up. Other common causes of fall include broken stair treads and stairs without railings required by safety codes.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall, trip and fall, or other accident due to an unsafe condition or activity, please contact our slip and fall attorneys at Cullenberg & Tensen today to find out if you have a valid claim.
A Question of Negligence
Slip and fall, trip and fall, and other such accidents often cause serious and even life-threatening injuries. They can happen anywhere, including:
- Shopping malls
- Business establishments
- Workplace environments
- Apartment buildings
- Private homes
When property owners and managers fail to take the appropriate steps to create reasonably safe environments, they can be held liable for your damages. At Cullenberg & Tensen, our Vermont premises liability lawyers investigate these accidents to determine if the property owner was negligent and therefore financially responsible for your injuries.
Types of Property Hazards
Slip and fall accidents can occur due to an owner’s failure to respond to a hazard (such as inclement weather), a poorly designed structure, or a temporary condition that poses a danger (such as a spill or leak). Examples of unsafe conditions include:
- Broken concrete
- Holes in the ground
- Unstable flooring
- Low lighting
- A spill left unattended
- Inadequate railings
- Untreated icy walkways
While property owners cannot eliminate all potential hazards, they are required by law to take the appropriate steps to warn visitors of unavoidable hazards. For example, putting up a "wet floor" or "watch your step" sign until a problem can be taken care of could prevent many accidents.
What to do After a Fall
Accidents can have serious consequences. Even if you feel only a little sore after a fall, it is a good idea to visit your doctor. The extent of severe injuries to the back, neck, shoulders, or knees frequently are not known until weeks or months after the fact and may limit your ability to file a claim or prove negligence if your injury is not medically documented. Once you have received medical treatment for your injuries, it is important to consult with our Vermont and New Hampshire premises liability lawyers so that we can investigate and start advising you of your rights.
Our New Hampshire Personal Injury Lawyers will investigate the hazard, take photos, speak to property managers and owners, interview witnesses, and submit the necessary paperwork in accordance with state filing deadlines. Remember that when accidents occur, it is always a good idea to file an incident report with the property owner or manager on duty so that there is an official documentation of the incident.
Please contact our Vermont slip and fall attorneys today to schedule a premises liability consultation.