Jackson Slip & Fall Accident Attorneys
We Have the Premises Liability Experience You Need
Slip or trip and fall incidents fall under the category of premises liability lawsuits. This simply means that you were injured on someone else’s property and that the owner or another party could be liable for medical bills and other damages.
Premises liability cases can be difficult to win and should be handled by an attorney with experience litigating cases and taking on big businesses. At ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP we are willing and able to take on these challenging cases to represent our clients’ best interests. It is our promise to work tirelessly and efficiently with one goal in mind: maximizing any recovery to which you may be entitled.
Call (601) 265-6869 to discuss your case. We serve Jackson and all of Mississippi.
Property Owner Negligence & Liability in Mississippi
Property owners and businesses have a duty to maintain safe property grounds for customers, pedestrians, and other visitors and adequately warn them of possible dangers. If a property or business owner is told of a potential hazard such as a loose handrail, a hole in the pavement, or standing water, a leaking display case, a roof leak, or other potential danger, they are responsible for fixing the problem before someone gets hurt. As with most legal claims, negligence must be proven for a successful recovery to be obtained.
Examples of property owner negligence include:
- Spills that cause slip and fall accidents in stores
- Steps that are uneven or missing handrails
- Inadequate lighting
- Misplaced items in high-traffic areas
- Cracks or holes in sidewalks
- Failures to provide handicapped access
- Leaking display shelves in grocery stores
After a Slip & Fall Accident
If you slip, trip, or fall, there are three main things you should remember:
- Always take detailed pictures of the scene
- Never give a recorded statement
- Always write down names and contact information for witnesses
While these are often critical issues to remember, you should also save footwear and clothing that you were wearing at the time of the fall. You should document every detail and seek representation immediately. Details may be forgotten, and the scene may be repaired. Acting fast can protect your right to full, fair compensation.
Document These Critical Details
The following is a list of some things that you will have to write down, notate or capture if you ever get into a slip-and-fall situation.
Time and Date of the Incident
The first thing you need to write down and document is the time and date of the incident. Those are two crucial pieces of the puzzle that your attorney will need to have. You need to be as precise as possible so that there will not be any discrepancies.
- Your Recollection of the Incident
It’s a good idea for you to write down your own recollection of the incident. Facts and information can change in your memory as time passes, and your court date may not be for a while. Thus, you should write an immediate account of everything that happened that day while it’s fresh. It will be invaluable.
- Witness Contact Information
A witness can be so important to your case and getting restitution for what happened to you that you have to get that person’s information. Write down that person’s name and contact number so that your attorney can talk to her about what she saw. She may just be the person who causes the judge to rule in your favor.
- Property Conditions
Jot down all the property conditions that you can remember were apparent before you fell down and hurt yourself. You should write down even the information that you don’t believe is relevant because it may just be something that the attorney needs to use in the negotiations. You will need to notate if you noticed any dangerous situations. You’ll need to write down if any parts of the building looked corroded or sturdy. Take note of what the floor looked like before you fell on it. All of that information can help your lawyer to fend for you and perhaps get the other party to settle out of court. Even if the other party doesn’t settle out of court, the information will help your case.
- Clothing Details
You will need to write down some details about the clothing you were wearing when the incident occurred. The reasons for that is that the other party could argue that the slip and the fall were your fault if you don’t protect yourself by keeping note of your clothing. That party could try to say that you were wearing shoes that were not suitable for the floor. Of course, that accusation may not hold water, but it’s still best for you to prepare yourself for if you have to stand in front of a judge.
Key Elements of a Slip & Fall Accident Claim
A premises liability claim must be proven by the plaintiff (the injured party). As Jackson slip and fall lawyers, we work with experts and investigators to determine and establish what caused the incident and why the property owner should be held responsible.
To win, we must prove three critical issues:
- The condition on the premises was dangerous
- The property owner knew, or should have known, of the dangerous condition
- The property owner failed to remedy and/or warn you of the dangerous condition
Property owners often make quick cleanups or repairs following accidents. For this reason, it is important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible. We offer a free initial consultation to help you understand your options, and if we take on your case, you don’t have to worry about upfront costs or any attorney fees at all unless we win.
Contact ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP today for your free, private consultation.
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