Everyone remembers the cartoons where someone slips on a banana peel and hilarity ensues. What is left out of these cartoons is who pays for the fallen person’s medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering? Having a legal team that is fully prepared to analyze the facts around your slip and fall goes great lengths to getting you compensated.
North Carolina requires visitors, guests, customers, etc. to exercise reasonable care when on a person or business’ property and the property owner must have breached their duty to provide a safe environment. That is why it is very important to be able to identify what caused the fall. If you can’t identify what caused you to fall, it can be difficult to prove fault, but not impossible. If you are able to identify what caused the fall, was it open and obvious enough that you could have reasonably avoided it? The law does not expect or require you to walk with the most care possible, but it does expect you to handle yourselves with care. Next, you need to know who is responsible for what caused you to fall. Sometimes it is the store owner, sometimes it is a vendor in the store. Having experience in these cases is where you also are able to see results. A lot of lawyers in North Carolina do not take these cases anymore because they have become so difficult, however the lawyers at the Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor will listen to your case and assess whether we can help you. With offices in Charlotte, Hickory, Greenville and Columbia and members of our team living in Lenoir, Newton, Charlotte, Huntersville, Greenville, Columbia to name a few, we have the local knowledge to best understand your case.
Not all falls are created equally. The facts surrounding your premises case are extremely important to determine if you have a claim or not. Document everything. Take pictures of the scene, find out what caused you to fall, if it was at a store, fill out a report with the manager and ask for the report, and write down everyone’s name that was present. The more you know about the accident and the sooner you know it, the better it is for analyzing if you have a viable claim.
Most people think of premises cases as being when you slip, or trip, and fall on someone’s property. However, sometimes something else falls, rolls, or crashes into/on you while at a store. If you are injured by something falling on you that is under the exclusive control of the property owner, it is presumed they were negligent. That shifts the burden to them to prove they were not negligent. Surprisingly, this happens more often than you would think. Many large stores keep their stock on high shelves until they need it, and it doesn’t always get properly stacked or secured. These situations can result in severe injuries as the falling objects often strike someone’s head and neck first. In this event, the facts are still vital and all the same measures as a slip and fall should be taken to put your case in the best possible light.
Injuries from a premises case are as varied as the facts around them and can range from a bruised ego to torn ligaments, broken bones, and even traumatic brain injuries. As with any personal injury case, it is very important to seek treatment if you think that something is wrong. Because of the wide array of injuries, you may not know for a day or more if something is wrong. No lawyer can say whether you are hurt or not, that is a job for a doctor. If you think there may be something wrong, it is best to think of your health first and your case later.
Although premises liability cases are extremely complex and often have to be litigated, the attorneys at The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor want to hear about your case to determine if you deserve to be compensated. There is no excuse for a property owner that is negligent and that negligence resulting in injuries to another. Insurance companies want to hide behind the law that does not adequately protect injured people, but if you are injured and think that someone else may be at fault, let the lawyers at The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor determine what can be done.