Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers in Connecticut
Did you slip and fall recently? Were you significantly injured from the fall? If so, have you filed a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party? Has it been a while since you filed your claim? How’s that compensation coming?
If you have negative answers to some or all the questions above, you need an aggressive Connecticut premises liability lawyer who knows how to get fast results. You shouldn’t have to suffer because of some else’s mistakes and negligence.
Accidents can and do happen. That’s life. But when your injury is caused by someone else’s carelessness, it’s only right that the other party pays accordingly. Gould Injury Law premises liability attorneys help with Connecticut slip-and-fall cases among other premises liability concerns.
We’re an aggressively passionate personal injury law firm dedicated to getting fast results for clients with personal injury and premises liability cases. Our ability to deliver these results is based on our legal experience and intimate knowledge of the insurance industry.
Our premises liability attorneys, having handled hundreds of cases, have the experience necessary to get you the compensation you deserve as quickly as possible. For fast results from your case, call Gould Injury Law today on 888-WIN-FAST to schedule a free consultation.
Major Causes of Slip-and-Fall Accidents
Imagine walking into a mall, carefree and happy to finally be buying that item you’ve always wanted. Suddenly, you’re off your feet. And before you can figure out what’s happening, you hit the ground and break your hip. Does this scenario sound far-fetched? Well, it’s more common than you think.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the number one cause of injuries among senior citizens. Even worse, falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths in America.
The major causes of these dangerous falls include:
- Wet floors without warning signs
- Pavement defects
- Poorly laid or loose floor mats or carpets
- Bad lighting
- Defective handrails and/or staircases
- Carelessly placed cords
- Defective flooring
- Debris on the floor
- Uneven floors
- Potholes in public spaces
All these are common causes of slip-and-fall injuries throughout Connecticut.
Who is Liable for Personal Injuries Sustained in a Slip-and-Fall Accident?
Every property owner and manager has a legal mandate to ensure that their property is safe enough for everyone who resides on that property or visits there. This is their “duty of reasonable care.”
However, whether the property owner or manager is liable depends on the status of the visitor when on the property. There are three types of visitors on every property at any given time:
- Invitees: People invited to the property by the owners or managers for their benefit (e.g., contractors and customers)
- Licensees: Social guests whose presence on the property doesn’t necessarily serve the owners (e.g., utility workers)
- Trespassers: Illegal visitors who shouldn’t be on someone else’s property
You must have legal reasons for being on someone else’s property in the first place. To file a premises liability claim, you need to be either an invitee or a licensee. Trespassers typically have no case. In fact, they’ll likely get sued by the property owner if they file a claim for injuries sustained while they were trespassing.
Property owners or managers who fail in their duty of reasonable care are at fault and can be charged with negligence by competent premises liability attorneys. This is usually the basis of all premises liability claim cases in Connecticut. It’s also why all owners or managers need to check their properties for potentially harmful conditions. When they find any, they need to repair them or put up appropriate warning signs.
To hold the property owner or manager liable for injuries sustained, you’ll have to prove the following:
- The property owner or manager created the situation in the first place
- The property owner or manager was aware of the problem and failed to correct it or take the appropriate steps
- The condition existed long enough for the owner or manager to correct it
How Much Can You Get as Compensation from Your Premises Liability Case?
This is about the most popular question that our law firm receives from clients. The answer isn’t straightforward, unfortunately. There are a few factors that influence compensation payout in all settlement cases. These include:
- Possible negligence on your part–Connecticut is a comparative liability state; so, as long as the victim’s role in the accident isn’t above 51 percent, he or she can claim compensation
- Current and future medical expenses
- Possible loss of income or wages as a result of injuries
- Pain and suffering
- Proof that the property manager or owner was negligent
- Proof that the negligence directly caused you harm
- The owner’s or manager’s property insurance policy
Ultimately, how much you get will depend on the circumstances surrounding your fall and the competence of your lawyer.
What to Do Immediately After a Slip-and-Fall Accident
Of course, after an accident, you need medical help as soon as possible. This is a vital step in solidifying your case. But after that, you should try to do the following quickly:
1. Report the accident 2. Seek additional medical help if necessary 3. Gather as much evidence as possible 4. Retain an attorney so you don’t talk to an insurance company by yourself
We understand that this might be difficult, particularly when you’re pressed for cash. But trust us, this will help with your case. When you get in touch with the reputable Connecticut premises liability attorneys at Gould Injury Law, our lawyers will get to work on determining the best compensation for your situation. We respond fast, so you can get results fast.
Why You Need a Premises Liability Law Firm in Connecticut
Ever heard insurance slogans like “peace of mind,” or “you’re in good hands”? Well, this may not necessarily be the case. You must understand that every insurance company’s first priority is profit.
So, the company’s inclination is to either underpay you or not pay at all. Best believe that they’ll do everything possible to avoid full payment. Why? Because all injury-related compensation claims are considered a loss.
The last thing you want to worry about while you or a loved one is recovering in the hospital is medical bills and income. Unfortunately, this is the biggest problem that most victims face.
With the legal backing of our aggressive law firm, you’ll get results fast. Robert Gould, our founder, once worked with an insurance firm, so he knows how the other side works. Robert has worked with our legal team, so we all know how to speed up premises liability cases while the insurance companies work against you to miss your claim’s deadline.
There are few premises liability law firms in Connecticut capable of handling your case speedily and with the required competence, but Gould Injury Lawyers is one of them. And we do a pretty great job of making sure that your claims are paid out as soon as possible.
Don’t wait to get what’s yours when you can get it faster. Get in touch with our law firm today to discuss your case. Call 888-WIN-FAST to schedule a free consultation.