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Proving fault in slip-and-fall accidents

Thousands of people are injured each day in slip-and-fall accidents due to wet floors. If you have slipped and injured yourself on someone else's property, and if you believe the owner is at fault in any way, you may be able to get compensation. In order for your claim to be valid, you need to prove fault on behalf of the property owner.

The first step is to stop and think how the accident could have been prevented. Could the owner have taken certain steps to avoid the injury? For example, the owner may not be liable if there is a spill on the floor and you slip. This is because each individual is expected to practice reasonable care and not trip over objects in plain sight. However, the property owner may be held responsible for his or her actions if, for instance, the stairs are broken. Broken stairs are dangerous, and if the property owner knows about this and has chosen not to get them fixed, then you may be able to prove fault.

When it comes to slip-and-fall accidents, the majority of the states follow the rule of comparative negligence. This means that if the accident was caused by your carelessness, then the compensation you might receive would be lessened. The whole accident needs to be investigated to prove who was at fault.

Hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer is crucial in such cases. You need to hire an attorney who would analyze the situation thoroughly and not skip the tiny details. Just like with any personal injury claim, if your claim is valid you may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses and lost wages.

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