You Slip and Fall at a Public Parking Lot for Work. What to Do?
A slip and fall accident can happen at any time, no matter where and what you are doing. The results can be quite serious too, often with severe injuries such as broken bones or concussions. Not to mention the significant expenses that come from those injuries and the time you will be missing from work because of the injury(ies).
Let’s say you just parked your car in the office parking lot and began walking towards your office. Keep in mind that the parking lot is not owned by your place of work, but instead a shared parking lot for the multiple businesses in the office building. As your walking towards the entrance on this frigid day, you slip on a patch of black ice and break your collarbone in the process after landing on your shoulder.
Now, you are injured and on the way to the hospital. Thoughts are running through your mind, such as:
- How did this happen?
- What am I going to do about my work?
- How am I going to pay my bills if I am out of work?
- Where was a sign warning people about slippery conditions?
- Am I going to sue someone? Who?
These are all valid questions that will be answered in time, but let’s focus on a key question: Who is responsible for the parking lot?
If you already have contacted an experienced slip and fall attorney, the first thing they will be looking into is who is responsible for the day-to-day maintenance and upkeep of the parking lot. In most instances, the person responsible for your slip and fall injury is the one responsible for maintaining the parking lot. Most parking lots that are used for buildings with multiple businesses are privately owned. This means your slip and fall claims will have to deal with that business and their liability insurance.
Other conditions that your attorney will look at include the conditions that led to your injury. If you slipped because of your footwear, then you may be the one on the hook for your injuries. However, you are more likely to have slipped because of a pre-existing condition that went unnoticed by the lot owner.
The only way your employer would be at fault for your injury is if they caused the injury. For example, your boss made you carry something extremely heavy across the parking lot and you tripped because of the extreme weight. That would be their fault, and their liability insurance would cover your injury expenses, not the parking lot owner’s insurance.
If you suffered a slip and fall injury at your place of work’s public office parking lot, you need an experienced legal team by your side to make sure you are properly compensated. Contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone today.