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Connecticut Slip and Fall Attorney

Slip and fall accidents can happen at any time and in any place. Though the very young and very old are most susceptible to these kinds of falls, no one is immune from injury after a trip, slip, or fall. While a simple fall may not seem serious, slip and fall accidents can lead to devastating injuries – no matter your age or health. Falls are the leading cause of emergency room visits, accounting for 8 million hospital emergency room visits in the United States every year.

Though many people blame themselves for these kinds of injuries, property owners and businesses have a legal obligation to create a safe environment for those who visit or those the owner invites onto the property. Hazardous conditions that cause someone to get hurt may be grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. If you suffered a slip and fall injury in Stamford, Connecticut because of another person’s careless or negligent actions, you deserve compensation. Goff Law Group can provide you with experienced representation in your slip and fall claim.

Common Types of Slip and Fall Injuries

Slip and falls can result in a wide variety of injuries. Among the most common are soft tissue injuries. They can be more difficult to prove in court because they are not outwardly visible. Some people do not realize they suffered a soft tissue injury until days or weeks after the incident. They can range from minor sprains to torn tendons and ligaments.

Any head injury could become a serious, life-changing injury. Many slip and fall accidents involve the victim hitting his or her head. Some falls result in concussions, which usually heal on their own. However, especially if there is swelling or bleeding, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible to ensure that there is no serious internal damage.

Minor falls can result in cuts and abrasions. Though they can look severe, cuts and abrasions usually heal relatively quickly and do not require extensive medical treatment. However, cuts can appear on top of more serious injuries such as broken bones and tears, so if you experience excessive pain you should see a doctor.

Similar to head injuries, spinal cord injuries can change your life, sometimes resulting in paralysis. They almost always need immediate medical attention. Treatment for spinal cord injuries can be extremely expensive, so receiving compensation becomes more vital.

Another common slip and fall injury is a broken bone. The necessary treatment for broken bones varies greatly. Some broken bones heal on their own, and some need surgery. The period immediately after the break is vital, as swelling can make it more severe. It is important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible.

Premises Liability Law

Many slip and fall cases are a matter of premises liability, which centers around a property owner’s duty of care. Whether it is a store or a home, if you own property you must keep it in a reasonably safe condition. Depending on who is on the property, Connecticut law outlines specific stipulations. There are three categories: invitee, licensee, and trespasser.

An invitee is a person who you invite on your land for business or another mutually beneficial reason. For an invitee, a property owner must adhere to the following rules:

  • He or she may not intentionally harm the invitee
  • Invitees are entitled to due care once the property owner knows he or she is there
  • The property owner must warn invitees about any potentially dangerous situation that he or she knows about.

Property owners owe a similar standard to licensees, who enter a property with permission or consent from the owner.

Connecticut property owners owe significantly less to trespassers. Such duties include:

  • The property owner may not intentionally harm the trespasser
  • He or she must show the trespasser due care once the trespasser makes him or herself known
  • The property owner has no duty toward trespassers with regard to the condition of the property
  • The property owner has no obligation to inform trespassers of dangerous conditions.

With regard to children, however, the duty of care is higher, even if the child is trespassing. If a property owner has any reason to believe that a child will be on the property, he or she must correct any potentially dangerous conditions.

Potential Compensation in Slip and Fall Cases

If the court determines that the defendant is responsible for your injury, it will award you damages. You could receive damages for:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages

Connecticut courts adhere to the comparative fault rule, which gives them the right to reduce your compensation if you were partially responsible. For example, if the court determines that you were 10% responsible for the incident, it will reduce your compensation by 10%.

How to Prevent Falls and Other Premises Liability Issues

As a property owner or landlord, you may face a liability suit for a slip and fall injury if it happened because you failed to maintain safe conditions on your property. These cases can become very complex; keeping a keen eye out for hazards and taking swift action is the best way to ensure your property is safe and not vulnerable to a lawsuit. A few things to consider:

  • Are railings for stairs, and the stairs themselves, stable?
  • Are cracks in sidewalks or pavements a tripping hazard?
  • Is there adequate lighting for parking lots after dark?
  • Are there debits or holes in walking areas that could cause tripping?
  • Is the entrance free from ice during winter?

Of course, there are just a few things to consider. If you know children or the elderly frequent your property – for instance in churches or community centers – you should take extra precautions to ensure visitors aren’t injured by a hazard on your property.

When to Pursue a Slip and Fall Injury Claim in Stamford

Some people are hurt simply by walking onto another’s property and a property owner’s neglect shouldn’t cause you financial losses. However, not everyone who falls in a store, in a parking lot, on a sidewalk, or in a domicile has legal grounds to file suit, so discuss your case with one our attorneys. There are five offices across Connecticut where you can schedule a consultation, but we help slip and fall victims statewide.

Our Stamford slip and fall attorneys will help determine where the fault lies. Though many falls are from a walker’s carelessness, much more are from an owner’s negligence; wet spills in a store that aren’t dealt with in a timely fashion, or a business that fails to remove snow properly may be liable for your injuries.

When an accident happens, report the incident to management or the owner immediately, and seek medical care. Be sure to keep all medical records, and take pictures if you are able. If negligence played a part in your accident and a property owner could have foreseen such an eventuality,  then you likely have a claim. The Connecticut slip and fall attorneys at Goff Law Group, LLC are dedicated to helping slip and fall victims in Connecticut recover fair compensation for the injuries.

We will comprehensively review all pertinent data and bring in any professionals we believe can help you during your recovery and with your case. When you’re with our team, you’re not just a client – we treat you like we would our family, which includes open communication. We have a stellar success rate, concluding 99% of our cases in the win column. Find one of our offices or call for a free consolation today.