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Who's to blame for a slip-and-fall accident? It may not be you

Slip-and-fall accidents can be embarrassing and painful. If you recently experienced this type of incident, your main concern may be simply moving on from what happened as quickly as possible. However, your injuries and lingering pain may not let you forget what happened, leaving you to wonder what you should do next. 

Often, slip-and-fall accidents do not result in serious injuries. Many, if not most, people are able to get up, dust themselves off and move about their business. If you are not one of these people and are currently suffering because of your accident-related injuries, you do not have to face it alone. You may feel overwhelmed, but your accident may not be your fault.

What caused your accident?

Slip-and-fall accidents can happen for many reasons, and many of these reasons are completely preventable. You may think that your own clumsiness or reckless behavior is to blame for your accident, but in reality, you may have fallen because of factors beyond your control and responsibility, including:

  • Uneven sidewalks
  • Wet floors
  • Unmarked hazards
  • Icy walkways
  • Poorly constructed stairwells
  • Inadequate lighting

Whatever the reason, you have rights. You do not have to go without help and support if you suffered due to the negligence or recklessness of the Indiana property owner.

Who is liable?

It can be complicated to determine exactly who is liable for your slip-and-fall accident injuries. You may have a valid claim for compensation and to name the property owner as the liable party if any of the following played a role in your accident:

  • Owner knew of the hazards
  • Owner or employee caused the hazards
  • Owner had ample time to fix the problem
  • You had no warnings of potential dangers

If you can prove that the property owner had a reasonable amount of time to find and fix the problem, you have a strong claim to restitution for the pain and suffering that you experienced.

Fighting for the full recovery you deserve

A slip-and-fall accident can be a big deal. In fact, you could be temporarily or permanently disabled after just one simple fall. Instead of underestimating your injuries or your claim to compensation, it is beneficial to first seek a complete evaluation of your case with the help of an experienced personal injury attorney.

Evidence and important documentation can slip away quickly, so you would be wise to take the necessary steps to protect your interests as soon as possible after a slip-and-fall accident.

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