Every year, unsuspecting people trip or slip on hidden hazards in other people’s homes and businesses. Many of these falls result in disabling injuries that send people to the hospital and force them to take time off work. Some falls can even be fatal.

If you or your family member fell while on someone else’s property, you might be eligible to pursue a personal injury claim. The property owner or caretaker could owe you compensation for your injuries. A skilled Wellington slip and fall lawyer could help you navigate the complexities of your lawsuit.

Proving Liability After Wellington Fall Accidents

People often fall because they are not looking where they are going. They could be distracted by their phones or just lost in their thoughts when they accidentally walk off a curb or take a misstep and trip over their own feet. While these types of falls can cause injuries, they do not serve as a basis for successful legal claims because they are not a result of someone else’s negligence.

When someone falls because of a dangerous condition on another person’s premises, they might have cause to file a lawsuit. To prevail in court, an injured person would need to prove that their fall was someone else’s fault. Negligence in slip and fall cases typically means the property owner knew or should have known about the hazard and did not take steps to remove it or warn visitors.

Our dedicated attorneys could help establish liability by showing the following:

  • That the defendant owned or controlled the property (or certain conditions on the property) when the accident occurred
  • That the defendant knew or should have known that the property had a dangerous condition on it that could hurt somebody
  • That the defendant failed to warn people of the hazard or fix it
  • That the hazardous condition caused the fall
  • That the person who fell suffered actual losses

Our Wellington lawyers have successfully helped people build strong legal claims after experiencing harm in slips and falls.

Typical Causes of Trips and Slips

Many different types of hazardous conditions on a premise can cause someone to trip or slip. Some falls occur because of uneven walking surfaces due to bunched-up carpeting, loose floorboards, or protruding electrical cords. People also trip indoors on wet, greasy, or freshly mopped floors, debris in the walkway, unsafe stairs, broken escalators, or poor lighting. Other falls happen outside due to potholes in parking lots or driveways, inadequate lighting, or bad weather.

Most falls are preventable. If the property’s owner or caretaker had taken clear steps to regularly inspect and maintain their premises, they could have repaired the defect that caused someone to fall. Our experienced attorneys in Wellington know how to perform detailed investigations of slip and fall accidents. They could speak with people who witnessed the fall to learn what they saw leading up to the accident. They could also meet with people, such as employees, coworkers, and neighbors, who might be familiar with the property to learn about the owner’s maintenance history.

Reach Out To a Wellington Slip and Fall Attorney

Slipping and falling can cause physical and emotional pain that interferes with your quality of life. A successful lawsuit against the owner of the property where your fall occurred could provide you with the compensation you need to pay your medical bills and other expenses.

Reach out to a Wellington slip and fall lawyer to discuss the steps you can take to begin the legal claims process. Our lawyers take the time to get to know you and your case to ensure we represent your interests in and out of court.

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