How to Handle a Slip and Fall Accident on a Friend’s Property
Slip and fall injuries are alarmingly common. What can make a difficult situation even more challenging is if you were hurt on another person’s property and this person is a neighbor or a friend. If you have a legitimate slip and fall injury however, you might still be entitled to recover compensation with the help of an experienced premises liability lawyer.
While some people are lucky enough to get out of a slip and fall accident with nothing more than an embarrassing memory, it is also entirely possible that just such an accident can change the course of your life forever. These accidents don’t just occur on the property of strangers, they are actually quite likely to happen on the property of someone else you know.Handling a Delicate Slip and Fall at a Friend’s House Tips
Determining what to do next can be difficult and very uncomfortable, particularly if you need to recover compensation. There is nothing stopping you from bringing a lawsuit against a homeowner in this situation if you can show that he or she knew or should have known about the dangerous condition that caused you to slip and fall.
Several criteria must be met in order for you to successfully sue a host. The incident must have occurred on the host property, must have been the direct fault of the host, and must have led to an injury for which compensation was possible. One critical element to determine before filing your potential suit is who owns the home. If you were injured in a rental home for example, you might need to determine what caused your initial injury.
If the injury was caused by something that your host was responsible to care for, you may have to look for that person's renter's insurance as compensation. If the injury was due to something that fell under the responsibility of the building owner however, you might need to bring suit against the building's owner.
Bringing a suit against the wrong person can not only damage your relationship but it might also lead your case to be thrown out. The determination of fault must occur as soon as possible after you decide to file a premises liability lawsuit. The support of an experienced attorney is instrumental in recovering compensation in these types of cases.
What you are looking for, in simple terms, as you gather your evidence is fault, whether or not it was homeowner’s fault or whether he or she should have been able to prevent the accident. Unless the answer to that question is yes, your suit will not be successful.
The final element of determining whether or not you have grounds to sue a homeowner is to look at the injury itself. What happened? Did you get bruised and did you get bruised when you fell? If that is true, there is probably very little chance of compensation because there may be no critical financial harm.
If you fell and broke a bone or sustained a TBI however, you will use this information to illustrate concrete damages in court. If you fell in someone's home and you were on their property because of an invitation, if you can show that they had fault and negligence and that you sustained some kind of harm as a result of the accident, this may prove instrumental in your premises liability claim.
At Shaw Law, it is our goal to not only help you with your case, but to assist you with all aspects of your legal claim to recover compensation and to help you remain calm in the midst of difficult circumstances.