One simple slip can change your life. That is why property owners need to be held to a high standard of safety. If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, talk with an attorney at Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman immediately. We may be able to help you recover the money you have lost in medical costs and unpaid income during recovery.
Call an attorney before talking with insurance companies. Oftentimes, insurance carriers want to end your case with the smallest payout possible. They may not pay you the total sum needed to cover your expenses. Don’t settle for less than you deserve. Slip and fall cases can be complicated and fact-specific, but we have the knowledge necessary to provide top-tier representation.
Examples of Slip and Fall Cases
A slip and fall incident can happen almost anywhere. Whether you were at a neighbor’s home, a party, a theme park, a shopping mall, or a restaurant, the proprietor is required to maintain the premises.
You may have a case if you slipped on a spill that was not marked with warning signs, slick ice on a front stoop, or slippery floors or carpet. These accidents can lead to brain, head, back, and neck injuries, broken bones, fractures, and muscle strain.
What Is Premises Liability?
Slip and fall cases hinge on whether or not a property owner is responsible for the injury that occurred on his or her land. One of the biggest factors in this argument is whether or not the victim was allowed on the property.
A plaintiff can be categorized as a:
- Trespasser: This is a person that had no legal right to be on the property at the time of his or her injury. In most cases, the court will not honor a personal injury lawsuit filed by a trespasser, unless the victim was a child.
- Licensee: A licensee is permitted to be on the property for a specific service. For example, if you were on the property because you were hired to clean the windows, you would be considered a licensee.
- Invitee: This is any person that is welcome onto the property through express or implied permission. Shoppers at a grocery store during operating hours or a guest at your home are both examples of invitees.
In addition to establishing the plaintiff’s reason for entering the property, we will need to show that the property owner was negligent. Usually, this means proving that the owner did not take reasonable care to manage the premises.
Contact Our DeSoto County Slip and Fall Attorney Today
We are committed to seeking fair settlements or verdicts for our clients. In the state of Mississippi, you only have three years from the time of your injury to file a civil lawsuit. Contact our slip and fall accident lawyers to see how we can help you today.
Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman helps those who have been injured in a slip and fall accident throughout Northern Mississippi including the cities of Southaven and Hernando as well as the counties of DeSoto, Marshall, Tate, and Tunica.