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Premises Liability Slip And Fall Attorney Laconia NH

What does the term “Slip and Fall” actually mean?

“Slip and fall” is a legal term that refers to a particular event in tort law. (“Tort law” refers to civil justice and remedies that are provided). Slip and fall claims involve cases in which the injured plaintiff has suffered an accident where they slipped, or tripped and fell on a property belonging to another person or entity (who would become the defendant). In cases like these, the defendant may be held liable, (or legally responsible), for the plaintiff’s injuries if the defendant was in some way negligent and breached the duty of care he owed to the plaintiff.

What kinds of conditions commonly cause slip and fall accidents?

Slip and fall accidents have a wide variety of causes, and there are truly too many possible tripping and slipping hazards to make an extensive list. In outdoor situations, cracked pavements, ice and snow, sidewalks that are uneven, and even open manholes are just a handful of potential slip and fall hazards. Indoors, overly waxed floors bunched up carpeting, electrical cables, spilled liquids, and debris piled on stairs are potential hazards. inadequate lighting can result in a trip and fall accident.

What are some of the steps I should take immediately after an accident?

Knowledge of what to do immediately after a slip and fall incident is critical to developing your case.
After a slip and fall accident,try to do the following;

  • Get medical attention ASAP (this is not only crucial for your safety, but it’s also becomes the first step in building a strong case, because you document the injury).
  • Inspect the scene and determine what is was that made you fall.
  • Take Photographs of the scene with your cell phone
  • Talk to any Witnesses that might have seen you fall and try to get their contact information.
  • Put events down in a written official report. If you fell in a store for instance, the company will want your narrative of what happened. Make sure to include all important details. Memories can fade quickly, so write down all pertinent information ASAP.
  • Contact a premises liability attorney as soon as you can.

Contacting an attorney who is an expert at premises liability is a first step, because Knowing what to do today can help.

Can you tell how much my slip and fall case is worth?

This is a common question clients ask all the time, and it’s reasonable to wonder how much you could recover, especially when medical bills and lost wages start piling up. There is both an easy answer and a hard answer.
The easy answer is to schedule a free consultation with a lawyer and have your particular case evaluated. The harder answer says the value of your case is always changing depending on the amount of losses that you have suffered Some cases, of course, have greater values than others. There are injuries that are more severe and may require extensive procedures after an accident, so the only way to know for sure is to speak with an attorney.

CASE RESULTS AND SETTLEMENTS

Confidential settlement for a woman who fell down a set of basement stairs in a house that she was not familiar with and was killed instantly. The basement door looked exactly the same as two bedroom doors and a bathroom door in the same area of the house. The woman thought she was entering a bedroom when she pushed open the door. Expert evidence showed that the basement door opened the wrong way, that there was an insufficient landing at the top of the stairs and that the railing did not meet code.

Judgment in the amount of $300,000.00 for a man who tore both rotator cuffs when he slipped and fell on a recently washed set of stairs. Matt also secured insurance coverage for the judgment, successfully taking the case through the superior court and the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Newell v. Markel Corporation, 169 N.H. 193 (2016).

Settlement of $400,000 for a man who suffered serious leg injuries while attempting to remove a dangerous limb above his mobile home. The park owner had refused to remove the limb, though asked repeatedly to do so. Matt brought a negligent action on behalf of the man claiming that the park owner had a duty to remove the dangerous limb. The case settled prior to trial.

Settlement of $325,000 for a woman who suffered multiple arm fractures when a stair railing broke while exiting a building.

Settlement of $275,000.00 for a woman who tripped over a negligently placed store display and was seriously injured.

Settlement of $250,000 for a man slipping and falling on ice while entering a convenience store and suffering a back injury.

Settlement of $165,000 for a man who tripped and fell an unguarded step-up in a store and suffered knee and shoulder injuries.

Settlement of $150,000 for a woman who slipped and fell on a wet floor in a department store bathroom and suffered neck and back injuries.

Settlement of $115,000 for a delivery man who slipped and fell on an icy step at a customer’s store.

Jury verdict of $100,000 to woman falling backwards down the stairs when door handle fell off in her hands.

Settlement of $50,000 for a man who suffered knee injuries when a deck he was on collapsed.

Please contact Matt to arrange for a free no-obligation consultation at his office in Laconia, NH. Thank you for your interest.

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