Gulfport Slip and Fall Lawyer
Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents
When you visit someone else’s property—whether it’s the private home of a friend or a place of business, such as a grocery store or restaurant—you expect a reasonable degree of safety. And, in fact, both public and private property owners in Mississippi are required to provide this to visitors who lawfully enter their premises.
In general, property owners should conduct reasonable and adequate property maintenance and remove, repair, or warn potential visitors of any dangerous conditions that could cause injury. Unfortunately, not all property owners uphold this duty of care to visitors, and the consequences can be serious.
If you slipped, tripped, and/or fell on someone else’s property, and you believe that the accident resulted from a dangerous condition or hazard that the property owner should have addressed, reach out to ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP today. Our Gulfport slip and fall lawyers can help you determine whether you have a case and, if so, can provide the dedicated and experienced legal representation you need.
When Is a Property Owner Responsible for a Slip and Fall Accident?
Under the state’s premises liability laws, Mississippi property owners can be held legally responsible for slips, trips, and falls that occur on their properties in certain situations.
To file a personal injury claim following a slip and fall accident, you will need to prove several key elements:
- You Were Injured: First and foremost, you only have a claim if you were actually injured and/or suffered measurable damages for which you can seek compensation. Examples of common slip and fall damages include medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
- You Were Injured by a Dangerous Condition/Hazard: You will also have to prove that your injuries were the result of a dangerous condition or hazard on the property, such as an unmarked wet floor or defective staircase. To be considered “dangerous,” the condition has to be one that a reasonable person would know could cause foreseeable injury.
- The Property Owner Knew About (or Should Have Known About) the Condition: If the property owner did not know about the dangerous condition/hazard or had no way to know about the dangerous condition/hazard, you likely do not have a case.
- The Property Owner Failed to Take Reasonable Measures to Remove the Risk of Injury: To have a case, you will also need to prove that the property owner failed to take reasonable steps to remove, repair, warn of, or otherwise address the dangerous condition/hazard.
- You Were Lawfully on the Property: Your status as a visitor at the time of the accident/injury matters; if you were trespassing, you may not have a case. If you were lawfully on the property, however, you likely have grounds for a claim.
- Your Own Negligence Was Not the Sole Cause of the Accident: Under the state’s pure comparative negligence rule, you can still file a claim if you were partially at fault for the accident—but not if you were 100% to blame. Additionally, even if you were only partly to blame for the accident, your total recovery will be reduced by your at-fault percentage.
So, for example, you may be able to file a claim against the property owner if you tripped and fell in a cluttered aisle of a poorly lit retail store while shopping, resulting in you breaking your arm and suffering a concussion. If, however, you were injured on private property, and you did not have the property owner’s permission to be there, you could have a more challenging time recovering compensation for your resulting injuries and damages.
Why Hire a Lawyer for a Slip and Fall Claim?
The law does not require you to hire an attorney to handle your slip and fall accident claim. However, there are countless benefits to working with an experienced legal professional on your case. In fact, contacting a lawyer is one of the first things it is recommended you do after seeking medical attention and reporting the incident to the property owner, manager, or another appropriate party.
Not only have numerous studies shown that people who work with personal injury lawyers tend to recover much better settlements than those who try to resolve their claims on their own but having an attorney by your side can also significantly ease your stress. At ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP, our Gulfport slip and fall lawyers can help you get the medical care you need and can begin building your claim while you focus on your physical recovery. We will work with the property owner and/or their insurance company on your behalf, all while advocating for the maximum settlement you deserve. If necessary, we are even willing to take your case to trial.
When you work with a slip and fall lawyer, you send a message to the insurance company that you are serious about recovering the maximum compensation you are owed. Our attorneys know how to fight back against insurance adjusters’ attempts to dispute liability or deny your claim—and we have the results to prove it. To date, our firm has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients, and we are ready to fight for you, too.
Don’t Wait! Your Time to File a Lawsuit Is Limited
If you were recently injured in a slip, trip, and fall accident, it is important that you act quickly. In Mississippi, you only have three years from the date of the accident/injury to file a personal injury lawsuit; if you wait too long, you could lose your right to recover compensation for your slip and fall injuries and damages.
Our team is standing by, ready to help you get back on your feet. We are passionate about holding negligent property owners accountable and will do everything in our power to fight for the maximum recovery you are owed. We offer free initial consultations and contingency fees, meaning you do not pay any upfront or out-of-pocket expenses when you work with our team. Instead, we only get paid if we recover a settlement or verdict for you.