Do I have a slip and fall case?

Posted January 20th, 2014 by .

Categories: Personal Injury, Slip and Falls.

Slip and fall accident claims seem pretty straight forward. You’re out somewhere, you slip on something, you fall down and injure yourself. But how do you know if you really have a winnable case? Well, at the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone, PC, we believe every case is winnable. But sometimes, you have to question whether it’s worth the headache.

Let us give you a couple of scenarios:

Scenario #1 – You’re visiting your friend at his apartment building. As you go to leave, you miss seeing a giant hole in the hallway carpeting. Your foot catches in the hole, causing you to trip and fall down the stairs. You break your arm and receive a concussion. Should you sue?

Answer – Yes you should. As we have stated before, the apartment building is responsible in keeping the area safe and secure. The hole in the carpeting should have been fixed. Even though you missed seeing a danger that could have possibly been avoided, the apartment building owners are still the ones responsible for the accident since it is their legal duty to keep the apartment safe.

Scenario #2 – You’re at a restaurant having a nice dinner. You head to the bathroom to freshen up. On the way, you miss seeing a sign for slippery floors and you slip and fall on a puddle of water. You twist your ankle. Should you sue?

Answer: This case is a little more trickier. Although the restaurant owner is responsible for keeping the area safe for its patrons, there was a sign posted about the condition of the floor. The accident was caused by not only the restaurant owner’s negligence but also your own for not seeing the warning sign.

Do you have a similar story? Jersey City personal injury lawyer Anthony Carbone is ready to hear it. Contact us today for a free consultation. For more information on slip and fall claims, click here.

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