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SLIP AND FALL

Slip And Fall Injuries and Negligence Lawsuits

Everyone slips or falls at some point in their life, but this doesn't mean that people can always file a slip and fall lawsuit to obtain a personal injury settlement for their injuries. However, more and more "Slip and Fall" personal injury settlements are won each year due to recent media coverage on the issue and a call-to-action by the public.

A Slip and Fall personal injury is sustained when someone slips, trips or falls on another person or entity's property. This could be a home, a place of business or private land owned by someone else.

In order to win compensation for the injury, the injured person must prove that the owner or manager of the property caused the circumstance in which the fall was taken and additionally that the owner or manager knew of the situation and failed to correct it.

In some cases, a personal injury settlement can also be won if the dangerous condition existed for a long period of the time. Therefore, the owner or manager should have been aware of the situation and was therefore negligent.

In order to prove a personal injury fault, slip and fall victims must be able to prove that dangerous or negligent conditions existed and caused the accident.

For example, if the florist at a grocery store spills water on the floor and fails to clean it up or put a sign out to warn customers, anyone who slips and falls in the spilled water may have a case against the grocery store for dangerous conditions on the property.

Similarly, cities and counties have been sued in the past for failing to fix broken sidewalks or providing insufficient lighting in the stairwells of public buildings.

Dangerous conditions can also include torn or broken flooring, ice on pathways to businesses, freshly mopped floors without "Wet Floor" signs, and others.

Even if dangerous conditions exist, the plaintiff must also prove that the injury was not sustained due to carelessness. For example, if you walk into a store and the owner tells you that the floors are wet, and there are signs on the floor, and you are advised to return later after the floor is dry, you cannot slip and fall and then sue the store owner for negligence.

Likewise, you cannot go to a public pool and slip and fall on the cement, intending to sue. You entered the pool knowing that there was water on the cement, and therefore the fall was due to your own carelessness, and not negligence on the part of the owner of the property.

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Slip And Fall Judgements and Verdicts
From Stories Across The Country:

$2 Million Awarded to Family for Hospital Fall of Elderly Patient

$70,000 to girl for foot injuries received during gym class

$18 Million to Medical Student for Open Manhole Injury

$2 Million to Horse Vet in Slip and Fall Injury

Doorman Receives $6 Million for Slipping on Pigeon Poop

Slip and Fall Injury Causes Broken Arm, $1 Million Settlement

Slip and Fall Injury Nets Philly Man $390,000

Hospital Visitor Slip and Fall Victim Awarded $700,000

$75,000 settlement for ankle injury

$800,000 awarded for slip and fall injury

$5 Million given in personal injury settlement to paralysis victim

$942,000 awarded for ice slippage

$12.2 million for Slip-and-Fall Injury

$150,000 Settlement For Slip and Fall Outside an Apartment

$300k for Fall at PetSmart Store

$742,000 for Fall Caused by Duct Taped Stairway

$214, 000 Awarded for Fall at County Jail

$15.8 million for manhole-fall injuries


Sometimes, accidents are just that - accidents. And no one is to blame.

Often, however, it's poor maintenance, failure to clean up, faulty railings, or some other lapse in care that leads to slip and fall injuries. When that's the case, the owner or operator of the property is often liable for the injuries sustained-and homeowners' or business insurance usually covers that liability.

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  • UNUSUAL SLIP AND FALL CASE

    Doorman Receives $6 Million for Slipping on Pigeon Poop...

    In one of the year's more unusual cases, a former New York City doorman has received $6 million from the city for a personal injury that resulted from slipping on pigeon droppings on subway steps.

    The unnamed plaintiff alleged in a lawsuit brought against the city of New York for failure to remove the droppings despite knowledge of their potential hazard.

    According to news reports as well as the lawsuit, he was left permanently disabled by injuries from his slip and fall, though none of the news reports specified what the injuries were.

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