When you are out and about running errands, heading to or from work, or rushing to class, you expect your walking path to be safe. You take for granted that parking lots, sidewalks, and aisles of stores are clean and litter free. However, there are times when walkways and paths are not as clean or safe as they should be. You could encounter a hazard and end up suffering injuries due to a slip and fall. You may be put in the position of having to figure out who is responsible for your injuries while facing the immediate consequences, including medical care, bills, and time away from work or school. In this situation, you need the skilled legal help of the slip and fall lawyers from Studinski Law, LLC on your side.
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, call the experienced Wisconsin premises liability lawyers at our firm right away. We have the years of experience, skills, and resources you need to determine your right to compensation after getting hurt on someone else’s property. Call us today at (715) 343-2850.
Slips and falls are extremely common. You may have slipped or tripped due to an object or condition that should not have been there.
Some of the most common conditions that cause slip and fall accidents include:
If you are lucky, you can brush yourself off after a fall. You may have a few scrapes and bruises, but only your pride really suffered. However, in many circumstances, falls cause moderate-to-serious injuries. If you land the wrong way or fall a significant distance, you may suffer:
After suffering an unexpected slip and fall in public or at another person’s home or business, you may have questions. Was it really your fault? Or is someone else to blame for the hazard you encountered?
If you were not behaving in a careless or reckless way, and you slipped or tripped on a hazard you could not have seen or avoided, then the owner or manager of the property may be responsible for your fall. That owner or manager may also be responsible for compensating you for your injuries.
Another issue in slip and fall cases is whether you were lawfully on the property. If you were a personal guest, customer, or visitor to the area where you were hurt, then the owner or tenant may be responsible for your injuries. However, if you were trespassing and should not have been in the building or on the land where you were hurt, you may have a difficult time pursuing compensation. Our slip and fall attorneys can help you determine your options after a slip, trip, or fall.
Under Wisconsin law, owners and occupiers of premises are required to maintain their properties in a way that protects visitors from an unreasonable risk of injury. Whether it is a private house, apartment building, office, public parking lot, hotel, or any other type of building or location you may visit, the owner or current tenant needs to:
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident and you believe the owners or tenants of the property made no effort to learn of the dangerous condition or knew about it and failed to correct it, call us today. We will look into the accident and gather evidence of the owner or occupier’s responsibility for the hazard, your fall, and your injuries.
Proving a premises liability claim can be difficult. However, we are up to the challenge. We will conduct an in-depth, independent investigation into your accident, including gathering:
Through our inquiry, we will seek to prove that the owner:
A slip and fall lawsuit can be complicated. However, if we are able to prove the property owner or occupier was negligent in maintaining their premises, which led to your getting hurt, then we will seek compensation for your:
If you were injured because someone did not take care of their property and keep it safe for visitors, then call us at Studinski Law, LLC right away. A slip, trip, or fall can be embarrassing. However, it is not something to keep quiet. When you cannot simply brush off your injuries, it is appropriate to hold the property owner or tenant responsible for their actions.
With offices in Plover and Marshfield, Studinski Law, LLC helps clients throughout Wisconsin to hold negligent property owners accountable, including in Wisconsin Rapids, Stevens Point, and Waupaca. To contact our experienced slip and fall lawyers, call (715) 343-2850 to schedule an initial consultation of your case.
The average payout for a slip and fall case depends on a number of variables, such as the severity of the injury, the cost of care, and the impact the injury has on the victim’s life.
For example, a blow to the head after a slip and fall could lead to a traumatic brain injury (TBI). This type of serious injury can affect your ability to move, communicate, and earn a living. A traumatic brain injury can even change your personality, which could impact your personal relationships and quality of life.
Your slip and fall settlement should include compensation for your monetary losses as well and your pain and suffering. If you suffered a severe injury, your pain and suffering may be several times the amount of your financial losses. For example, if you slipped down icy steps, breaking multiple bones and now must walk with a limp for the rest of your life, your pain and suffering may exceed the cost of your medical bills. However, if you fell on a wet floor at a restaurant, sprained a wrist, and were fully recovered in a few weeks, your pain and suffering may be considerably less than your medical expenses.
It’s important to note that not all injuries are immediately apparent. For example, a TBI may not be immediately diagnosed. Because of this, it is crucial to consider future injuries when negotiating compensation in your slip and fall claim.
A slip and fall lawsuit can take a few months or a few years to settle, depending on the specific details of the case. A slip and fall case involves a series of steps, including:
If you’ve been hurt in a slip and fall accident through no fault of your own, you should consider contacting a lawyer. An experienced slip and fall lawyer can explain your rights, determine the true value of your claim, and pursue the full and fair compensation to which you may be entitled under the law. You should consider hiring a lawyer when:
Certain factors must be established to determine whether a property owner is liable for your slip and fall. Slip and fall accidents fall under the umbrella of premises liability. You must prove the property owner failed in his or her duty to maintain a safe environment for visitors. The elements that must generally be proven in a slip and fall case include:
Property owners in Wisconsin have an obligation to keep sidewalks in front or alongside their property clear of snow and ice. Specific rules for snow removal vary, depending on the city or municipality. Generally, property owners must remove snow and ice from walkways adjacent to their property within a certain number of hours. For example, property owners in Milwaukee have 24 hours after snowfall ends to clear their sidewalks, while property owners in Waukesha have only 12 hours to clear their sidewalks after snowfall ends. It is the responsibility of every property owner to know the ordinance in his or her area and remove snow promptly.
If you were hurt on someone’s property because of snow or ice that had not been removed properly, you may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the property owner and his or her insurance company. Time is of the essence in these cases, so it is crucial to contact an experienced slip and fall attorney right away after your accident.
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