You can take all the precautions you like, such as wearing non-slip shoes, watching your step and keeping your path clear of obstacles, but the fact remains that you are likely to slip, trip or tumble your way to an injury at least once in your life. At the law office of Loughlin FitzGerald, P.C., we know that regardless of fault, you and other Connecticut residents can learn the right way to fall so your resulting injuries may be less severe.
Connecticut residents know that as fall leaves and winter comes in, bad weather starts to creep in alongside it. There can be ice, hail, rain, or snow. Bad weather like this easily contributes to dangerous conditions, and people going outside should be aware of the risks.
Connecticut winters can be unforgiving in terms of ice and snow. Between the chilly temperatures and the rush of people out and about getting their holiday shopping done, you should be aware of several of the biggest hazards that you could run into in a parking lot this season.
While certain factors, among them icy sidewalks, cluttered store aisles and slick surfaces, have the capacity to make anyone fall down, Connecticut’s older residents face an elevated risk of falling and injuring themselves when such environmental factors exist. At Loughlin Fitzgerald, P.C., we recognize that when home and business owners are negligent, they endanger everyone, but today’s older Americans typically have other risk factors in play that make them even more likely to suffer a fall-related injury.
Businesses in Connecticut have a responsibility toward you, the customer, to make their property as safe as possible. This means providing adequate lighting so that you don't trip, slip, or fall on any surfaces leading into the building in question.
Many shops in Connecticut have walkways or stairs leading from the sidewalk into the building itself. Sometimes there may also be short ramps. Other times, the set of stairs can be quite long. In some cases, there might not be either, but there could still be a raised platform before you enter the building. And all of these things come with inherent safety risks.
After a fall, it can be tempting to hold off on immediately seeking compensation. Many people, potentially including you, may think that it's only a small accident and not worth looking into immediately, or you might feel fine. Loughlin & Fitzgerald, attorneys at law, are here to explain exactly why you might not want to wait at all.
Like most Connecticut residents, you may be familiar with the advice to document the scene of a car accident that you were involved in, so law enforcement and insurance companies can determine who was responsible and begin the process of compensating you. However, you may be unclear on the steps to take if you are injured in an accident that did not involve motor vehicles, particularly in a slip-and-fall case.
No one has to tell Connecticut residents of the hazards that ice and snow present to roads, sidewalks, driveways, parking lots and outdoor stairs. Often they spend half of each year digging out from snow and/or ice storms and gingerly making their way down sidewalks and across streets and parking lots to get to wherever they need to go.
Connecticut residents who have been injured as the result of a slip-and-fall accident often wish to sue the person they believe is responsible for their injury. FindLaw notes that these lawsuits where someone has slipped, tripped or fallen while on someone else’s property are considered to be a type of premises liability civil suit. Generally, the property owner or the person responsible for the property’s maintenance and upkeep is the person named as defendant.