When they fall and suffer injuries, many people are reluctant to turn to the legal system for help. Then they realize that their injuries are more serious than they may have seemed at first. Slip and fall injury victims can suffer on-going pain, miss work, and require medical treatment that goes well beyond their insurance limits. What are your rights in a premises liability accident?
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Public, private and commercial property owners have a legal duty to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe manner. If you have been injured because of unsafe property conditions, we invite you to contact the personal injury lawyers at Loughlin FitzGerald, P.C.
Ice and snow accumulations can cause slip and fall accidents.
Parking lots, sidewalks, entry walks and steps should be cleared within a reasonable time after a winter storm. In most Connecticut communities, homeowners are responsible for clearing the public sidewalks in front of their property. Failure to clean up after one storm may leave an icy hazard that is covered by the next storm. If you have fallen and suffered an injury, contact an attorney to learn about your legal options.
Dangerous conditions can cause serious injuries.
An oil spill or refrigeration leak can create a dangerously slippery floor in a supermarket. If the store failed to promptly clean up the problem and a customer suffered a slip and fall injury, the store may be liable. If a homeowner fails to repair broken steps leading to the mailbox, the owner is liable if the postal carrier trips, falls and is injured.
There is a two-year statute of limitations on premises liability claims.
It is always best, of course, to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible after a slip and fall accident. Your attorney can best preserve the evidence when the evidence is fresh and witnesses have not forgotten details. Many people, however, wait until they realize how serious their injuries are before they contact a personal injury lawyer. Be aware that your right to pursue compensation is subject to a statute of limitations.
If you have questions about a slip and fall accident, contact Loughlin FitzGerald, P.C. and ask for a free consultation.