Slip & Falls: Frequently Asked Questions
What are the most common causes of slip and fall accidents?
Slip and fall hazards in homes, businesses, or outdoor walkways can include:
- Broken steps or platforms
- Cracks in pavement or wood surfaces
- Debris or obstacles in walking paths
- Loose rugs or carpeting
- Poor lighting or low visibility
- Slick floors due to spills, leaks, or floor waxes
- Unmarked changes in elevation
- Icy areas
These dangers can cause serious injuries, including severe bruising, broken bones, and even paralysis. If you've suffered an injury because of a slip and fall, you need compensation to cover the cost of your medical treatments. Our Connecticut slip and fall lawyers at Carter Mario Injury Lawyers want to help you.
Who is the most at-risk for slip and fall injuries?
Children and the elderly are the most at-risk for falling and suffering injuries. According to the National Institute of Health, more than 1 in 3 people age 65 or older will suffer a fall each year. Elderly citizens are also likely to suffer severe injuries or permanent disabilities after a fall. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 8,000 children are injured in fall-related accidents every day-often on the playground or while playing outdoors.
How can I get money for my medical bills after a slip and fall?
If you've been injured in a slip and fall accident and need compensation, you must first prove that someone was negligent-or failed to maintain a safe environment.
Negligence in slip and fall cases can result from an owner or operator's failure to:
- Clean up spills that are directly in walking paths
- Provide handrails on stairways
- Fix broken steps or platforms
- Install adequate lighting
- Secure loose rugs
Landlords, business owners, managers, and residential owners can all be held liable-or legally responsible-for injuries that occur due to negligence. Our Connecticut personal injury attorneys at Carter Mario Injury Lawyers have years of experience proving responsibility in slip and fall cases, and we have helped many clients just like you receive compensation for their injuries.
How much is a slip and fall case worth?
The amount of compensation you may be owed after a slip and fall accident varies depending on the nature of your case.
The value of your case may be impacted by factors such as:
- The severity of your injuries
- The circumstances leading up to the injury
- Where the injury happened
- The level of pain and suffering the injury caused you
At Carter Mario Injury Lawyers, we can investigate every aspect of your fall to determine how much compensation you might be owed, and we'll do everything we can to ensure you get the maximum value for your case.
How long can I file a claim after a slip and fall accident?
In personal injury cases, you have a limited amount of time to take legal action after your injury/accident. Because there is a limited amount of time for you to file a claim, it's important you contact a lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your options.
For slip and fall injuries, it's important you act quickly, as evidence must be gathered soon after the accident to build a strong case. After your fall, property owners and managers may remove evidence of their negligence by cleaning, repairing, or fixing any defects or hazards that led to your injury. Don't give them that opportunity.
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Remember, the longer you wait to file a claim, the more difficult it can be to obtain the evidence we need to get compensation for your injuries. If you've been injured in a slip and fall accident, don't delay-call Carter Mario Injury Lawyers today.