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Slip and Fall Suits Explained

July 4, 2015 Hastings and Hastings

Slip and Fall suits are highly contingent upon negligence. If you have been injured as a result of a property owner’s negligence, then you are most likely entitled to compensatory damages. Consulting a lawyer is always the best choice when dealing with a serious accident, but below are a few helpful tips for handling a slip and fall suit from the perspective of the victim.

The Banana Peel Scenario

United States Tort Law characterizes slip and fall torts as a claim or case dealing with a person slipping, tripping, or falling. In order to successfully press a slip and fall suit, it must be proven that the owner of the property was negligent. Indeed, this is where a qualified attorney is most useful. In Law School, students are taught the banana peel scenario. In this scenario proving a slip and fall claim actually depends on the color of the banana. Was it bright yellow? If it was, negligence may be difficult to prove. This suggests that the store’s owner did not reasonably have enough time to remove the banana peel from the premises. However, if the banana peel is brown, then it suggests that the shop owner was simply careless and left the banana peel on his premises for an innocent bystander to slip upon. Indeed, a brown banana peel suggests negligence, and a legitimate slip and fall suit is potentially viable.

What to do If You’re a Victim

Always call for medical assistance after being involved in any sort of accident. Next, consult an attorney for protection. If you can, snap a few pictures immediately after the accident, or ask for the store’s maintenance records. At the end of the day, your attorney will do everything they can to ensure you secure the compensation you receive for the sake of justice.