Slip and Fall Injuries on Wet Leaves – How A Lawyer Can Help You Get Compensated for Your Injuries
With the changing seasons and the arrival of cooler weather, Mother Nature creates a number of challenges. In the fall, the beauty of the autumn leaves quickly gives way to the work created when the leaves fall to the ground. Property owners spend time, energy and money clearing leaves off of the property, in part because they can become an eyesore and in part because they create a hazard to pedestrians who are at risk for falling, particularly once the leaves get wet. People who own property, whether commercial or residential, have a responsibility to keep their premises safe, and if you slip and fall on wet leaves and end up suffering an injury, you may be entitled to compensation for the damages that you suffer. Slip and fall injuries can be serious, painful, and even life changing. If you have been a victim of somebody else’s negligence, call the lawyers at Jonathan Perkins Attorney at Law to see how we can help.
Though you may initially blame yourself for having injured yourself, a slip and fall on wet leaves is often the responsibility of the property owner. In order for you to be eligible to receive compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages, there need to be a couple of factors present. First, there needs to be an actual property owner or responsible party whose negligence was responsible for your injury. That means that carelessness or clumsiness on your part, or purposefully putting yourself in danger, will not qualify you for compensation. For a commercial property owner to be responsible for your injuries, the must have either caused the hazard that was behind your accident, have known that it existed and not done anything about it, or else if they weren’t aware of it, then they should have known about it. Having wet leaves piled up in front of your property without doing anything about it or clearing the walkways would definitely qualify. A commercial property owner is supposed to take steps to keep their property reasonably safe.
With regard to residential property, many of the same rules apply. If a property owner is in control of their property and could have taken care of the situation without having to expend too much money or effort, and if injury was a foreseeable consequence of not cleaning up the problem, then the homeowner might be found liable for the injuries that you have suffered.
If you have been injured as a result of a slip and fall on wet leaves, then the lawyers at Jonathan Perkins Attorneys at Law are here to help. We are happy to meet with you for a free consultation to review the circumstances of your case and to provide you with an evaluation of whether your rights have been violated. Call us today for more information.
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