1. I slipped and fell in a grocery store due to a broken jar of olives. I have a broken ankle and some cuts. The store says they are not responsible because there had not been enough time for their clean-up crew to get to the spill. Is this true?
The store’s insurance company will probably try to use this argument, but it is often not successful. Generally, businesses are liable for the negligence of their cleaning crew. You have a reasonable case, and The Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, can advise you as to the type and amount of damages that you may expect in this instance.
2. I slipped on ice and snow on the sidewalk in front of a restaurant. Is the property owner responsible for my injuries?
Often, a property owner’s insurance company will pay for medical expenses up to a fixed limit, regardless of the property owner’s fault. However, if the property owner was negligent in the way the premises were maintained, you may be entitled to an additional claim for your pain and suffering. Weather reports, a property owner’s failure to remove snow and ice, drainage patterns and previous falls at the same location will be investigated by the attorney working on your claim.
3. I was attacked in a shopping center parking lot. Can I sue the owners for my bills?
Business owners are generally responsible for reasonable security on their property or premises. For example, adequate lighting is essential for safety. Significant reports of criminal activity on or around a property would also show a property owner that more security is required to prevent such criminal acts. Such reports or situations could be used to prove an owner’s liability for later criminal acts.
4. Do I need an expert witness to prove a premises liability case?
An expert witness can be used to good advantage in a premises liability case, particularly if a case goes to trial. Medical experts, contractors, economists and others may have special knowledge that a jury needs to understand in order to properly assign damages.
5. A friend slipped in my garage and really hurt himself. I have premises liability insurance, but feel that this was in no way my fault. Am I liable?
Most homeowner’s insurance policies provide coverage for medical bills in instances such as this, regardless of fault. These claims must usually be made in a short time span, so be sure to check your policy for this provision. In any event, promptly report the accident to your homeowner’s insurance company.
6. What should I do before I see an attorney?
As soon as possible after the accident, you should:
- Keep a journal to document all events, including doctor’s visits, and any contact by anyone regarding the accident.
- Immediately take pictures of your injuries as well as the accident scene.
- Do not speak to anyone about the accident, such as an insurance adjuster, without contacting your attorney.
Contact our attorneys at Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, as soon as possible to discuss this. You can always elect to drop the matter, but it is important to see that your rights are preserved.
7. What if I have other questions about my slip-and-fall accident?
Contact Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, today to discuss your situation. Put our years of legal experience to work for you. Contact our Syracuse slip-and-fall attorneys for a free consultation about your claim. It’s easy. Just fill out our online contact form or call us now at (315) 314-5390 or (877) 713-8573. We take calls 24 hours a day. Remember, you owe no legal fee unless we win your case.