Premises Liability Attorney Raleigh NC
Under state law, a property owner has a duty of care to make sure that their property is safe and free of hazards for any visitors to the property. When a property owner fails to keep their property safe and a person is injured as a result, the victim may be able to file a premises liability lawsuit.
The majority of premises liability lawsuits are for slip and falls or trip and falls. While both can result in injuries, there are differences in how a premises liability attorney may address proving their case. One of the main differences is that slip and fall accidents often have the extra element of having to prove why the victim lost their balance and fell, while trip and fall accidents usually have some kind of condition or object present that caused the victim to trip and fall.
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Slip and Fall Accidents
When a victim slips and falls, there is usually some kind of substance, such as a liquid, that was present on the floor that caused them to lose traction, resulting in their foot going at a much faster rate of speed than the rest of their body can keep up with. The body then falls backwards. Falling backward, there is usually nothing to break the victim’s fall and they land very hard on the floor or ground.
This type of landing often results in serious and painful injuries to the victim’s head, neck, back, spine, or pelvis.
To win a premises liability lawsuit, the victim’s attorney needs to show that the property owner had enough time to know about the hazard that caused the victim to slip (i.e. the liquid), but still failed to act to remove and clean up that hazard.
Trip and Fall Accidents
When a victim trips, the movement is the opposite of when they slip. Instead of falling backward as what happens when slipping, their foot stops moving because of the condition that is causing them to trip (i.e. an object), but the rest of their body keeps going. This causes the body to fall forward. A victim who trips actually has a better chance of protecting themselves than if they are slipping. They may be able to use their arms and hands to break the fall or have enough time to grab onto a solid object to stop the fall.
Tripping accident victims often suffer from fractures in their arms and hands, sprained or twisted ankles, and torn muscles and ligaments in their legs. If they are unable to break the fall in time, they could also suffer serious injury to their face and the front of their head.
To win a premises liability lawsuit, the victim’s attorney needs to show that the property owner was aware or should have been aware of the hazard that caused the victim to trip and remove it. Common tripping hazards include loose carpeting, wires, uneven walking surfaces, or objects carelessly left where people walk.
If you have been injured due to the negligence of a property owner, contact Burton Law Firm, PLLC to see what your legal options are regarding filing a premises liability lawyer Raleigh, NC.
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