Everyone slips, trips, and falls on occasion. Most of time, we simply brush ourselves off and continue on our way, but in certain scenarios, a slip and fall can cause devastating injuries. Vulnerable populations, such as young children and the elderly, are especially likely to get hurt in a fall; however, anyone can sustain serious injuries in these accidents.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 800,000 people are hospitalized annually for injuries resulting from falls. If you were hurt in a trip or slip and fall accident on a commercial property, you may be entitled to compensation for your hospital bills, lost income, and other damages.
To determine if you have grounds for a claim, contact Gump & Faiella. Our Missouri personal injury attorneys have more than 90 years of combined experience practicing law. Call 800-264-3455 to schedule a free case evaluation with a slip and fall lawyer.
Do I Have Grounds for a Slip and Fall Claim?
Whether you have grounds for a personal injury claim following a slip and fall will depend on the circumstances of the accident. If you fell because you simply lost your balance, then you would not be able to hold another party liable for your damages; however, if the property owner’s negligence contributed to the incident, you may be entitled to compensation.
Generally speaking, a person who is injured in a slip and fall can file a claim if the accident was caused by a dangerous condition on the premises and the property owner or staff:
- Knew about the condition but failed to address it;
- Should have known about the condition and then taken steps to address it; or
- Caused the dangerous condition.
Deadlines for Filing Slip and Fall Lawsuits in Missouri
In most cases, slip and fall victims have five years from the date of the incident to file a formal lawsuit against the liable party. If you want to name a government agency in your suit, though—perhaps the local municipality responsible for maintaining the sidewalks—you have just 90 days to file a formal claim.
Although it may seem like you have plenty of time to take action, important evidence can and most likely will disappear within days of your fall. For instance, surveillance footage might be altered or erased, and the hazard that caused your fall might be fixed. Therefore, you should speak to an attorney at the earliest possible point in time.
Discuss Your Case with a Slip and Fall Attorney in Missouri
If you sustained serious injuries in a slip and fall accident, turn to Gump & Faiella. We are proud to serve clients throughout all of Missouri, and if you cannot come to us, we will come to you.
Our Moberly personal injury lawyers have recovered more than $250 million for clients in successful settlements and verdicts. Call 800-264-3455 or fill out our Contact Form to schedule a free consultation.