Premises liability covers a variety of accidents that occur on another person’s property. Slips and falls are some of the most common types of injuries that fall within this category of personal injury claims. Whether you fall because of a slippery surface, clutter, broken flooring, or inadequate lighting, if the owner is negligent, you should be able to recover compensation for your injuries. The first step is to consult with a Stockton premises liability attorney to discuss your claim. It is best to consult with an attorney as soon as possible because evidence can be lost or destroyed, especially in slip and fall cases where the evidence is the environment where the fall occurred (i.e. the condition of the floor, broken steps, spilled liquids, etc.). The owner will likely take steps immediately to correct the dangerous condition that caused your fall.
An Oregon jury sent a strong message to businesses regarding slip and fall cases. The jury in Portland, Oregon awarded an 85 year old man one million dollars in punitive damages related to a slip and fall at a Safeway. Christopher Armstrong-Stevenson was also awarded $600,000 in actual damages. It is the million dollars in punitive damages that should have many business throughout the United States reviewing their policies regarding how accidents on their premises are treated. According to one juror, “No matter what the company, if someone gets hurt in your business, you have to investigate. We didn’t see anything set up after the fact to say, ‘Hey, we learned our lesson. Here’s what happened, and here’s how we changed to make things better.’” Attorneys for Armstrong-Stevenson said that the verdict sends a strong message to the supermarket chain that it must take customer safety more seriously.
What you do immediately after a slip and fall accident can substantially affect whether you receive a fair and just settlement for your claim. The insurance company for the property owner will use whatever tactics it can to lower the amount of compensation it must pay for your claim. Property owners and insurance companies fight