Greensboro Slip and Fall Attorneys Fight for Victims’ Compensation
North Carolina firm takes on negligent property owners in premises liability case
The Greensboro area combines the best of big-city amenities with the comfort of small-town living. Local residents and visitors alike enjoy attractions such as the Science Center, the International Civil Rights Museum and the Weatherspoon Art Museum. Wherever you go outside your home, a routine outing can quickly become a nightmare when a sudden slip and fall leads to a serious injury. If you or a loved one has been injured in a North Carolina slip and fall or trip and fall accident, Sigmon Klein, PLLC is ready to help. Our experienced personal injury attorneys provide aggressive representation that yields consistently excellent results for our clients.
Types of slip and fall or trip and fall accidents
The classic slip and fall accident occurs when a spill on a floor causes a passerby to lose traction on the slick surface and crash to the ground. Such a fall can produce severe injuries, such as:
- Broken bones, including hips and wrists
- Compacted vertebrae
- Traumatic brain injuries, such as concussions
- Torn ligaments
Spills aren’t the only hazards that cause these injuries. Similar slips or trips can result other types of dangerous conditions, including:
- Uneven pavement
- Loose tiles
- Missing handrails
- Dark, poorly lit passages
When a hidden hazard catches a person off guard and causes a personal injury, the accident victim may be eligible for compensation.
Who is liable for a slip and fall accident in North Carolina?
Generally, property owners and tenants who have control over the premises have a legal duty to keep the property reasonably safe for visitors. This includes an obligation to warn of known hazards that might not be immediately identifiable. An individual or business who fails in that duty can be held liable for injuries that result. The main question is whether the defendant acted reasonably to protect their guests. Numerous questions can help determine if legal liability exists, including:
- Did the defendant have actual knowledge of the hazard?
- If not, was the hazard one that a reasonably prudent property owner would have discovered?
- Did the defendant take reasonable steps to cure the hazard or warn the visitor?
- Did the circumstances give the defendant sufficient time to respond before the accident occurred?
If a judge or jury decides the property owner did not act reasonably to protect their guests and that negligence led to the injury, that property owner should pay for the visitor’s injuries.
However, North Carolina has a very strict contributory negligence statute. If the visitor was also careless when encountering the hazard, a court could rule that the visitor is barred from filing a claim. Because of the complexity of the law and the potential for an all-or-nothing outcome, you should retain an experienced personal injury attorney to represent your interests.
Compensation available for victims of slip and fall accidents
Injured parties can collect damages to reimburse costs stemming from the incident and address the harm they’ve experienced, including:
- Medical bills, present and future
- Lost income, present and future
- Physical pain
- Mental suffering
As your advocate, we aggressively pursue the maximum compensation possible given the facts of the case and the extent of your injuries.
Contact our Greensboro personal injury attorneys for a free slip and fall accident consultation
Sigmon Klein, PLLC in Greensboro provides aggressive personal injury representation for victims of slip and fall accidents. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 336-697-6790 or contact our office online. Our office is conveniently located adjacent to Center City Park, but we can come to your home or hospital room if necessary.