Any property can sometimes find itself with a slippery situation. A visitor might spill a drink or track snow into the property that melts and causes the floor to become wet. However, in some cases, a property is simply poorly designed, and this contributes to conditions that lead to you slipping, falling, and injuring yourself. This is something you will want to explore with your personal injury attorney as you consider your legal options.
Poorly Planned Buildings
Some buildings are planned in a way that makes the conditions less safe. For example, there might be an unexpected drop-off or a location where you may not be able to see a slippery surface as a visitor. There might also be furniture placed in a location that makes a slip-and-fall accident more hazardous because you may fall on the furniture.
Building Code Violations
A building code violation can make it easier to prove that the design of the building was negligent and led to your slip-and-fall injuries. State and local municipalities have rules regarding how a building should be constructed. When a building is not following local building codes, it may be issued a warning to make necessary repairs, and the building owner might be required to pay fines.
While building code violations are very common and are sometimes overlooked by regulators, not every violation will necessarily be related to your case. You will need to prove that you became injured as a result of the violation. For example, the builder might have failed to test for asbestos, which is a code violation, but this wouldn't be relevant to a slip-and-fall case.
Examples of Violations That Lead to Injuries
You might have slipped because there was not enough lighting near the stairs and the stairs were very icy. There might have been a downspout that allowed for a slick surface to develop. There might have been a lack of non-slip mats for slick surfaces.
After your slip and fall, you will want to document everything that occurred. You will need to connect the fall to the injuries that resulted. You will then be able to use this as evidence that the building owner was negligent and caused your injuries.
Once you are able to prove that the building owner was negligent, you will be able to pursue a settlement and receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
To learn more, contact a personal injury lawyer.