Waterbury Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers
Did you suffer serious injuries or was your loved one killed in a slip and fall accident in Connecticut? If a property owner’s negligence caused your accident, you might be entitled to damages such as compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.
A property owner’s obligation to a person depends on whether the individual is classified as an invitee, licensee, or trespasser. An invitee is a person invited on to property by expressed or implied invitation and is owed the highest duty of care, a licensee is typically an individual who is on a person’s property for their own purposes with the permission of a property owner and needs to be warned of any not immediately apparent dangers, and a trespasser is on property unlawfully and is owed no duty of care.
Many people are extremely confused about what they should do after being injured in a slip and fall accident. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can help guide you through the entire legal process and fight to get you all of the compensation you are entitled to.
Slip and fall accidents can become further complicated by public or private property concerns. Contact us at (203) 437-6190 to have our attorneys provide a complete evaluation of your case during a free consultation.
Do I Need A Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer?
Some people can be tempted to think that they will save themselves a lot of money by not hiring an attorney. Such individuals often think that property owners were clearly in the wrong and there should be no complicating factors preventing recovery.
In truth, many slip and fall accident victims are ultimately accused of being primarily or entirely at fault for their injuries. Insurance companies do not always come right out and directly say this, but their agents know how to use certain statements made by victims against them and ultimately reduce possible awards.
Even when an insurer does extend a settlement offer, it is almost assuredly nowhere near what a victim is entitled to. You want to have a lawyer merely because they will know what your case is worth and will work tirelessly to help you recover every last dime of compensation that you need and deserve.
Do not speak to any insurance company without legal representation. Instead, contact Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers as soon as possible.
Why Choose Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers To Handle My Case?
Jonathan Perkins has over three decades of legal experience and has been named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers won the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents Litigator Award in 2015.
Mr. Perkins is admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut as well as state courts in Connecticut and New York. He is also a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, American Bar Association, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and New York Bar Association.
Our firm’s record of success includes $617,500 recovered for a 58-year-old man who fell on some steps going into work. We also obtained $450,000 for a painter who broke his left elbow, hip, ankle and heel after falling off a ladder.
You should also know that Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers represents individuals on a contingency fee basis, which means our firm will not charge you anything unless you receive a monetary award. You can set up your own no cost, no obligation consultation when you call (203) 437-6190.
Types of Slip and Fall Accident Cases We Handle
Slip and fall accidents can occur on public or private property. In virtually all cases, the property owner must either fix or warn guests of hazardous conditions.
Some of the most frequent causes of slip and fall accidents include, but are not limited to:
- Uneven flooring
- Wet flooring
- Obstructed walkways
- Poor lighting
- Broken handrails
- Snow and ice
- Defects in pavement
- Stray electrical cords and wires
People may suffer any one of a number of serious injuries in slip and fall accidents. In addition to common injuries such as broken bones, sprains, and strains, other more severe injuries can include, but are not limited to:
- Soft tissue injuries
- Neck injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries
Virtually all slip and fall cases will involve proving the same four central elements of most negligence claims: a property owner had a duty of care to a victim, the property owner breached the duty of care, the breach of duty caused the victim’s injuries, and the injuries caused damages for the victim. These four elements must be proven by a preponderance of the evidence, which means more than half of the evidence must support your claim.
What happens if I was partially at fault for my slip and fall accident?
Under Connecticut General Statute § 52-572h(b), contributory negligence does not bar recovery by any person in causes of action based on negligence so long as their negligence was not more than the combined negligence of the person or persons against whom recovery is sought. The percentage of negligence assigned to a victim, however, will proportionately impact their final award. For example, an individual who is awarded $100,000 in a car accident case but is found to have been 5 percent at fault will have their award reduced by $5,000 and would ultimately receive $95,000.
What should I do if I was hurt in a slip and fall accident in Connecticut?
Regardless of whether you believe you were hurt, you should always make sure that you seek medical attention after a slip and fall accident. This not only helps ensure that you did not suffer an injury involving delayed symptoms, but it also creates an immediate medical record that avoids insurance companies claiming that there were delays in treatment. If possible, you should try to take multiple pictures of the danger that caused your accident and collect the names and phone numbers of all people who saw your accident. If you cannot do this because of the need for medical care, try to have friends or family members do this for you. Lastly, do not take any phone calls from insurance companies until you have contacted Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers.
If my slip and fall accident occurred at my workplace, can I sue my employer?
No. Employers covered by workers’ compensation are afforded immunity from civil lawsuits. The same protection, however, does not apply to negligent third parties who may have caused or contributed to the accident.
Contact a Waterbury Slip and Fall Accidents Attorney Today
If you were severely injured or your loved one was killed in a slip and fall accident in Connecticut, it is in your best interest to quickly retain legal counsel. You will want to contact Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers as soon as possible.
Our firm can make sure negligent property owners are held accountable. You can have our lawyers review your case and discuss all of your legal options when you call (203) 437-6190 or contact us online to receive a free consultation.