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Slip & Fall Accidents

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Slip, trips, and falls are leading causes of injuries – in the home, workplace, and public areas. While some of these may be “accidents,” many are preventable. In fact, slip and falls commonly result from the negligence of property owners who fail to take reasonable steps to address potential hazards.

If you or someone you love have been injured in a slip and fall accident anywhere in the Washington, D.C., Maryland or Virginia, you may have the right to financial compensation for your damages, provided you can prove it could have been avoided if not for the negligence of a property owner.

Whether your slip and fall case stems from an incident in a private home or housing complex, a commercial business, or our city streets or subways, an experienced personal injury attorney from Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. can help you better understand your rights and options..

CSCS attorneys have more than 90 years of combined experience and have recovered over $500 million in compensation for clients. We serve residents throughout D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Call (202) 644-8303 to speak personally with a lawyer about your case.

Slip & Fall Accidents & Personal Injury

Slip and fall accidents can occur just about anywhere and at any time – whether it’s a residential house, a public or private building, restaurant or commercial business, parking garage or sidewalk, or Metro station. While people slip, trip, and fall for all sorts of reasons, those caused by the mistakes, oversight, or negligence of others may provide the basis for victims to pursue personal injury lawsuits against the responsible party.

There are some common causes of slip and falls claimed by victims in personal injury cases. These include:

  • Wet and slippery floors (i.e. spills)
  • Ice and snow (i.e. icy walkways)
  • Narrow or broken staircases / railings
  • Poor lighting or lack of lighting
  • Cracked or broken sidewalks
  • Loose carpeting or uneven floors
  • Debris and tripping hazards
  • Open or uncovered holes
  • Overcrowded aisles
  • Unmarked hazards

Many of these hazards can and often should be addressed – usually by property owners, public entities, and others who have a legal obligation for doing so. Unfortunately, the failures of those parties can have serious consequences for victims, many of whom suffer injuries and losses such as:

Common Injuries

  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Concussions / brain injuries
  • Chipped teeth and dental injuries
  • Dislocation, sprains, and lacerations
  • Scarring and long-term disability

Types of Damages

  • Medical bills (both for past treatment and future needs)
  • Lost wages from missing work
  • Lost future earnings
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Emotional or psychological injuries

Falls Involving Ice & Winter Weather

The DC region can have rough winter weather, which is why slip and falls happen frequently. Because property owners have an obligation to take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of their property and address potential safety hazards, it is possible in some cases involving winter weather hazards that they can be held liable for not doing so. What’s “reasonable,” however, depends on the facts.

For example, if a victims slips and falls in the middle of a snow or ice storm due to ice and snow that has just appeared on a walkway, the property owner may not necessarily be liable because it may not have had a reasonable period of time to clear the walkway in the midst of the storm. However, there are situations where property owners may be held liable for snow, rain, and icy slip and falls. Examples include:

  • Property owners that neglect snow and ice removal, or fail to provide or maintain such a service
  • Flooring or walkway defects that make snow and ice-related hazards worse
  • Allowing ice to accumulate, then later melt or refreeze as ice on the ground
  • Having poor or insufficient lighting which makes spotting ice or slipping hazards difficult

Taking Legal Action: Your Right to Damages

Slip and falls usually involve the legal concept of premises liability. As the name implies, these cases involve premises owners who are liable for injuries and damages victims suffer on their properties. However, a slip and fall and resulting injury does not necessarily mean you will be compensated. You still need to pursue legal action, prove your case by meeting the burden of proof, and deal with any disputes or denials made by property owners and insurance companies.

Though every premises liability case is unique, there are some common elements victims must prove when they bring civil lawsuits against a premises owner. That means in order to prevail in your claim, you will need to demonstrate that:

  • The property owner had a legal duty to keep you safe – This legal duty can vary depending on where the accident occurred, and who you were in relation to the owner (i.e. premises liability usually covers invited guests and people who patronize public businesses, but there may be a different standard of those who trespass or enter a property without permission).
  • The premises owner failed to meet their legal duty – When the property owner owed you a duty of care, you’ll need to prove how they failed to meet it (which is called a breach of duty). This breach often arises from negligence and failing to address potential hazards an owner knew or should have known about (i.e. not cleaning up a spill they knew a guest might slip on).
  • You were injured as a result of the owner’s failure – In your claim, you will also need to prove you were injured as a result of the property owner’s failure to address potential hazards and take reasonable steps. If you suffered physical injuries and obtained medical treatment, and / or you injuries caused other harm in other areas of your life (i.e. your work, finances, emotional well-being, etc.), you’ll need to establish those damages.
  • You should be provided compensation from the owner – If you have injuries and damages caused by another’s conduct or failures, you shouldn’t have to be the one to pay for them. That belief is why we have a civil justice system, and why personal injury lawsuits are a powerful and effective tool for ensuring victims recover the funds to cover their losses.

Reaching a resolution in a slip and fall matter looks different in every case, especially if there are unique issues involved – such as a public or government entity as a defendant, or a child who may have been unknowingly trespassing at the time of the injury. These and other issues can make for complicated cases, but they can be effectively handled with the help of proven attorneys who know personal injury law (and slip and fall cases) how to fight corporations and insurance companies, and what steps to take when it comes to negotiating a full and fair settlement, or fighting a case at trial.

CSCS: Nationally Recognized Personal Injury Attorneys

Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. has been serving residents of Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia for decades, and has recovered over $500 million in verdicts and settlements on their behalves – including successful recoveries in a range of slip and fall cases. If you have a question about your rights and the next steps in your legal journey, our team is available to review your case and discuss how we can use our experience and resources to help.

Contact us to get started. Case evaluations are free and confidential, and there’s no fee unless a successful recovery is made in your case.