Slip, Trip And Fall Accident Representation You Can Count On
In North Carolina, private and public property owners alike have a responsibility to ensure their properties are well-maintained and reasonably safe for visitors. When they fail to adequately repair or remove dangerous conditions or warn others about existing hazards, innocent people can be seriously injured.
If you slipped, tripped, and fell due to unsafe property conditions, you could be entitled to financial compensation for your resulting medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Our Wilmington slip and fall lawyers at David & Associates, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, can help you file a claim and seek the financial resources you need to get back on your feet. At our firm, we fight to maximize our clients’ recoveries, providing the aggressive advocacy they need and the compassionate counsel they deserve.
When Is a Property Owner Liable for a Slip-and-Fall Accident?
Slip and fall accidents tend to be complicated for several reasons. For one thing, these accidents are often viewed as not very serious or as simply the result of someone’s clumsiness. While this could not be farther from the truth, these common misconceptions put victims at an almost immediate disadvantage.
Additionally, to bring a successful slip-and-fall claim, you will need to prove several key elements, including:
- You slipped, tripped, and/or fell because of an unsafe condition on someone else’s property
- The property owner knew about or should have known about the unsafe condition
- The property owner failed to take adequate measures to remove, repair, or warn of the unsafe condition
- You were lawfully on the property when the accident occurred
- You were not acting negligently
- You were on a part of the property that was open to the public/visitors
- The unsafe condition was not so open and obvious that you could have easily avoided it
- You sustained measurable damages
What Constitutes an “Unsafe Property Condition?”
Slip and fall claims are very dependent on the issue of unsafe property conditions. To have grounds for a case, you will have to prove that an unsafe or hazardous property condition was the proximate cause of your injuries. But what exactly is an “unsafe property condition?”
In the simplest terms, an unsafe property condition is any condition that poses a foreseeable risk of harm to others. In other words, if a typical person could reasonably expect the condition to pose some risk of injury, the condition is considered “unsafe.”
Examples of unsafe property conditions that may cause a slip-and-fall accident include:
- Wet or slippery floors
- Uneven floors
- Defective stairs or steps
- Poor lighting
- Spilled liquids or merchandise
- Exposed tripping hazards (cords, wires, etc.)
- Cluttered walkways
- Ripped carpets or rugs
- Lack of handrails
- Improper signage
These and other unsafe property conditions can all cause a person to slip, trip, or fall which can, in turn, lead to serious and even catastrophic injuries.
How Long Do You Have to File a Slip-and-Fall Claim?
As with other types of personal injury cases, slip and fall claims are subject to a statute of limitations. This means that you only have a limited time to file your claim. In North Carolina, the statute of limitations for most slip and fall cases is three years from the date of the accident. If you fail to file your claim within three years, your case will almost certainly be thrown out.
While three years may seem like a long time, it is always better to act quickly. The sooner you reach out to our Wilmington slip-and-fall lawyers, the sooner we can begin investigating your claim and building your case. Our goal is to help you recover a favorable settlement or jury verdict as quickly as possible so that you can focus on getting the medical care you need and moving forward with your life.
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With multiple offices located throughout southeastern North Carolina, David & Associates, Attorneys at Law, PLLC is ready to represent you and fight for the fair compensation you are owed. We have successfully secured compensation for thousands of clients since our firm’s founding in 1988, and we have what it takes to fight for you, too.