North Carolina Slip and Fall Lawyer
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that slip and fall accidents are the leading cause of nonfatal injuries in the U.S. and account for a whopping 8 million injuries per year. These accidents can occur in countless settings including workplace accidents, falls in a public place of business, or in a private setting. If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, it is important to speak with a North Carolina slip and fall accident lawyer without delay.
These types of accidents deal with premises liability law and are based on the concept that an owner has a duty to keep their premises safe. If there are hazards on the property, the owner has a duty to warn invitees of these dangers. Failing to do so is considered negligent.
Generally, to have a slip and fall claim, the following must be present:
- The owner has a duty warn a visitor of a potential hazard;
- The owner failed to warn the visitor of the danger;
- The failure of this duty to warn caused your injury; and
- You have suffered damages as a result.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, it is important that you speak with one of our North Carolina slip and fall attorneys for guidance. These cases can become complicated as there can be matters such as contributory negligence and insurance considerations to contend with.
Slip and fall accidents can cause a wide range of serious injuries including traumatic brain injuries, back and spinal injuries, and broken bones. The legal team at Paynter Law understands that you may be facing the reality of not being able to work and sky-high medical expenses.
Our North Carolina slip and fall attorneys can help you recover the compensation you need to get your life back on track. We will help sort out the circumstances of your case and determine the level and scope of the property owner’s negligence.
In pursuing these cases, it will be necessary to determine whether the property owner knew or should have known about the property hazard that caused your injury. If the property owner hasn’t ensured that the premises are safe, he can be held responsible for your injuries.
Slip and fall accidents are commonly caused by:
- Wet floors;
- Lack of warning signs;
- Ice and snow;
- Loose carpeting or tile;
- Poor lighting; and
- Uneven walkways.
In North Carolina, there is no standard for strict liability as there is in some other jurisdictions. It will be up to your North Carolina slip and fall lawyer to prove the elements of your case. North Carolina is governed by the doctrine of contributory negligence for all personal injury cases. This means that if you contributed to your accident, you may be unable to recover monetarily.
Contact our legal team to learn more about your legal options. You are entitled to be compensated for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost income. It is important to remember that there are time deadlines known as statutes of limitation for dealing with these types of claims. If you fail to file a claim within the statute of limitation that applies to your case, you will lose your right to legally pursue the matter.
We understand how frustrating these accidents can be, and we are here to help. Contact us today to speak with one of our North Carolina slip and fall lawyers about your case. The consultation is completely free.