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Slip and Fall Accidents
In North Carolina, business and property owners are required to maintain their property in a reasonably safe manner in order to prevent injuries, such as those that occur from a slip and fall accident. When property owners or occupiers fail to meet this requirement, or warn visitors of known dangers, they can be held accountable for the injuries that result. Raleigh slip and fall lawyer Jason Michael Burton assists victims in claims arising from a fall on someone else’s property. These cases often involve an investigation into a business’ practices, as well as evidence of conditions before and at the time of a fall. Mr. Burton can help you collect this evidence to determine who is at fault and therefore liable for your injuries.
Our firm assists clients across North Carolina as well as Southern Virginia, including in the cities of Raleigh, Fayetteville, Durham, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem. Mr. Burton has been honored as a Top 10 Personal Injury Attorney Under 40 by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, and he has been named a Litigation Rising Star by the North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine. He is dedicated to making sure that victims receive the compensation that they are entitled to recover from parties responsible for their harm.Liability for Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip and fall accidents can occur anywhere, such as someone’s house, a supermarket, a restaurant, or a parking lot. Property owners owe differing levels of care depending on which type of visitor is entering their premises. Businesses owe the highest level of care to patrons visiting for a business purpose. Not all situations involving a fall give rise to legal responsibility, but those in which a property owner has fallen below the standard of reasonable care do. A slip and fall attorney in the Raleigh area can explain how this standard may apply to a specific case, but some common situations indicating a likely breach of care include:
- Spills or leaks that are left uncleaned or without warnings
- Broken steps, stairwells, and railings
- Uneven pavement
- Poor lighting in parking lots, stairwells, or other dangerous and dark areas
- Chipped or cracked tiles or carpets with uneven surfaces
Slip and fall accidents can result in serious injuries, such as multiple broken bones, back and spinal cord injuries, and even traumatic brain injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that one out of five falls cause such types of injuries. Over 800,000 patients are hospitalized each year due to injuries from a fall, with children and adults over 65 years old being most at risk.
In order to hold a property owner liable for damages in these cases, it must be shown that the dangerous condition that caused the injuries existed on the premises in such a way that the owner knew of its existence, or should have known of it with proper care and inspection, but the owner failed to remedy it in a timely manner or at least warn visitors of the danger. Once a Raleigh slip and fall attorney has established liability, a victim of a slip and fall accident can receive damages in the form of past and future medical costs, expenses related to time needed off from work or any changes to their ability to make the same wages as they did before their injury, as well as pain and suffering compensation.Discuss Your Premises Liability Case With a Raleigh Attorney
Property owners that do not maintain reasonably safe areas for people visiting their premises should be held accountable for the harm that they cause. Injury attorney Jason Michael Burton offers compassionate and knowledgeable legal representation to victims who have been hurt on someone else’s property. Burton Law Firm assists clients throughout the entire legal process, including the initial investigation of the accident, gathering evidence, negotiations, and litigation. If you or someone in your family has been injured as a result of a property owner’s negligence, contact our office online or at 833-623-0042 to schedule a free consultation with a slip and fall lawyer in the Raleigh area who can explain your next steps.