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Slip and Fall Compensation 101

May 30, 2015 Hastings and Hastings

At Hastings and Hastings, we have deal with a vast amount of slip and fall cases arising in the Phoenix, Metropolitan area. A slip and fall case falls under the broad genus of personal injury. If property owner was negligent, and as a result, someone is injured, the victim of negligence is entitled to compensatory damages.

Slip and Fall Tort

Defined by the United States Tort Law, a slip and fall tort is a claim or case that deals with a person slipping, tripping, or falling. In order to push forth a slip and fall suit, it must be proved that the property owner was negligent. This is often accompanied by a great deal of difficulty. For instance, if you were to slip on a banana peel in a grocery store, the color of that banana peel is crucial for determining negligence. Was the banana peel bright yellow? Well then, negligence would be difficult to prove. Chances are it was left by a careless customer, and the store owner did not have a reasonable amount of time to react. However, if that banana peel is brown, then you have a viable slip and fall case. The brown banana peel would suggest that the peel had been there for quite some time. Therefore, its existence is due to negligence, and the store owner is vulnerable to a slip and fall suit.

If you’re a Victim of Slip and Fall

The first step is always to call for medical assistance. This general rule of thumb applies to all personal injury cases. Secondly, call an attorney as soon as possible to guide you through the process. If you are amidst company, encourage them to take pictures of the object that caused you medical negligence.