If you slip and fall at someone else’s house, are they responsible? In most situations, a property owner does have the obligation to protect any guests from undue harm. If a homeowner knew about a hazard and did nothing to fix it, then you might be able to hold them accountable. A Middlesex County slip and fall accident attorney may be able to help.
What Are Some Common Slip and Fall Hazards?
Any house can also be home to a few safety hazards that can cause slip-and-fall accidents. A homeowner should look out for issues like:
- Missing handrails
- Cracked concrete
- Icy spots on walkways
- Cables and cords
- Poor lighting
- Damaged stairs
- Puddles and slipping hazards
Any of these slip-and-fall risks should be taken care of promptly. If a homeowner ignores these risks and lets people onto their property anyway, they could be held liable for any harm suffered.
What Should I Do After a Slip and Fall?
A slip and fall can cause serious injuries, so it’s a good idea to see a doctor soon after your accident. They may be able to spot injuries that you could not due to the stress you were experiencing at the time of your accident. Keep copies of any medical bills you receive since these could be used in your case later on.
Should I Just Take the Insurance Company’s First Offer?
Most of the time, you are not really suing the homeowner in a case like this. You are instead seeking damages from their homeowner’s insurance policy. The insurer might make you an offer soon after your injury and it can be tempting to take the offer and be done with this.
You have to remember that the insurer wants to get out of this for as little money as possible though. That initial offer might not be enough to cover all of your bills stemming from your accident. You should talk to a lawyer before making any big decisions regarding settlement.
Do I Need a Slip and Fall Accident Attorney?
An experienced slip-and-fall accident attorney from our firm can do a lot to help you with your case. An attorney can:
- Gather evidence needed to make a case
- Talk to insurance companies and other lawyers on your behalf
- Calculate fair compensation
- File your case before the statute of limitations runs out, if you contact them early enough
- Keep track of important dates and deadlines for you
- Prepare you for testimony
- Defend you from any accusations of wrongdoing or fault
Schedule Your Consultation
If you are considering suing for compensation, you do not need to go it alone. Contact Stathis & Leonardis to learn more about how an attorney can be of assistance. We are ready to help you make things right.