Most people associate personal injury lawsuits with automobile accidents and slip and fall cases. While personal injury law is much broader, it is true that automobile accidents and slip and fall cases take up a large portion of personal injury lawsuits in Kansas. As to slip and fall cases, they are not as easy to prove as many people believe. In fact, it is not as simple as falling in a store and blaming the store for the injuries you suffered as a result of the fall. There must be additional evidence to show that the store was negligent in some way in causing you to fall and suffer injuries.
In order to determine who is responsible for the injuries you have suffered after a slip and fall accident, you must be able to prove one of the following:
- The owner of the property where the slip and fall accident occurred (or an employee), must have actually caused the floor surface to be dangerous (such as spilled liquid, worn out floor surface, or icy floor surface);
- The owner of the property (or an employee) must have known that the floor surface was dangerous and failed to take measures to remove the hazardous conditions; or
- The owner of the property (or an employee) should have known that the floor surface was dangerous because a reasonable person in the same or similar situation would have discovered the hazard and taken steps to remove the hazard.
Sometimes it is easy to prove a slip and fall case if all of the necessary evidence is available. For example, if there are witnesses to the accident and/or camera footage, it should be much easier to prove whether or not the owner of the property (or an employee) was responsible for causing your injuries. On the other hand, if there are no cameras and no witnesses, it is easy for a customer to spill liquid him or herself, slip and fall, and claim the owner of the store (or an employee) is responsible for your injuries resulting from the accident.
Unfortunately, these are cases that give slip and fall claims a bad reputation. Many people believe such claims are frivolous most of the time and have absolutely no merit. This is certainly not the case, and with the help of a qualified Kansas City personal injury attorney, you can fight to receive the compensation you deserve for the injuries you suffered as a result of a slip and fall accident.
It is important to remember that while many slip and fall accidents occur in the commercial setting (such as a grocery store or other retail establishment), many slip and fall cases occur on private property. To determine whether or not the location of your slip and fall accident will affect your ability to receive compensation, you will need the assistance and advice of an experienced Kansas City personal injury attorney.
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Slip and fall accidents are very common in Kansas, and they can often be difficult to prove. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of a slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation. To find out if you may have a valid personal injury claim, you should consider speaking with a Kansas City personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Kansas Slip and Fall Attorney Michael R. Lawless has 27 years of experience representing injured individuals and has helped them receive the compensation they deserve. Contact Michael R. Lawless, PA today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your potential personal injury claim. You may reach us by calling (913) 681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at (800) 734-3771. You may also contact us online and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.