Slip-and-fall accidents are the second-leading cause of disability and accidental deaths. Slips and falls cause more than 20,000 fatalities per year in North America and are responsible for $32 million dollars a day in expenses related to care and recovery.
A slip or fall can result in lost wages and devastating physical injuries, including permanent disability and death. If you have been injured as a result of a slip or fall caused by another party, you will need an experienced slip-and-fall lawyer like Attorney Russman to help prove your case.
Slips and Falls – 2 Types
Slips and falls are classified in two categories – same level and elevated level falls. Same-level slips and falls occur more frequently and generally result in less-serious injuries. Slipping on a wet floor and tripping on a sidewalk in disrepair are a few examples of same-level slip and falls. Elevated-level slip-and- fall occurrences are less frequent, but result in more severe injuries. Falling off a ladder, from a moving vehicle or off of a loading dock are a few examples of elevated-level slip-and-fall cases.
Slip-and-Fall Lawsuits in NH
Proving fault is difficult in cases involving slips and falls; having an experienced slip-and-fall attorney is crucial to achieving a favorable result.
For someone to be legally responsible for your slip-and-fall injuries, one of the following must occur:
- The owner of the premises or an employee of the owner must have caused the spill or situation that caused the fall.
- The owner or employee of the owner must have known about the dangerous circumstance and not attempted to correct it.
- The owner or an employee of the owner should have known about the circumstance if a “reasonable person” would have been aware of and resolved the danger in the situation.
Most slip-and-fall cases fall under the “reasonable person” guideline, making proving fault much trickier. Having a slip-and-fall attorney to help you make the case for what the responsible party should have known is crucial to your case.
Contact Russman Law Offices for a free slip-and-fall lawyer consultation. There is no fee for our services until we recover damages and resolve your case.