Gillette Winter Slip-and-Fall Accident Lawyers
If You Slipped and Fell on Someone Else’s Property, You May Have a Case
Wyoming is known for its harsh winters. Gillette residents are accustomed to heavy snow, strong winds, and plenty of ice for significant portions of the year. But no matter how prepared you are for the weather, a slip can occur at any time. Serious injuries are often the result of an unexpected fall, and when that fall was caused by the negligence of another person or company, you deserve justice.
The Gillette slip-and-fall injury attorneys at Steven Titus & Associates, P.C., help victims recover full compensation for their injuries. Don’t let an insurance company or employer stand in the way of getting what you deserve. If you or someone you love has been seriously hurt in a slip-and-fall accident, our team can help. Contact us today at (307) 257-7800 to learn more.
The Basics of Premises Liability
Accidents happen. But sometimes an accident is anything but accidental. Even if a person or a business did not mean to cause harm, they can still be found responsible for your injuries if their actions or lack of action caused your accident. This is because of an area of the law known as premises liability.
In the State of Wyoming, premises liability is the concept that a property owner is responsible for maintaining their property in a way that is safe for visitors and customers. If you invite someone into your home, and the roof of the garage collapses because you neglected to have it repaired, and you didn’t warn your guest about the potential danger, you could be held responsible for his injuries. On the other hand, if the roof collapses because of an earthquake, you likely would not be held responsible.
In particular, premises liability is an important factor for business owners to take into consideration. A property owner or manager of a commercial space has a duty of care for all of the patrons who enter or visit their place of business. This duty of care means that they must take “reasonable” precautions to make sure the property is safe. For instance, if after a snowstorm someone slips on the ice outside a retail store, the store owner could be deemed responsible. If he failed to clear his sidewalks in a timely manner, or never put up a sign indicating a slippery surface, this could be negligence. Sometimes, the simple act of opening right after a storm could be an unnecessary risk.
When Is Someone Else Responsible for a Fall?
Falls can happen for many reasons, but they are common during the winter months, when weather-related conditions create many hazards, such as slippery surfaces that come with ice and snow. When another person:
- Fails to properly shovel a sidewalk or walkway
- Fails to properly salt a sidewalk or walkway
- Fails to put down mats or carpets on a slippery surface during bad weather
- Fails to repair an uneven or broken walking surface
- Fails to keep an interior floor dry and safe for walking
He or she may be held responsible if someone slips and hurts himself. Of course, falls can happen any time of the year, not just during winter. If your fall was caused by a non-weather-related incident, such as a spilled liquid or a poorly designed walkway, you may still be entitled to compensation.
Is There a Deadline for Slip-and-Fall Claims?
In Wyoming, there is generally a four-year statute of limitations. If you don’t file a lawsuit within this time period, you lose the right to seek compensation. That’s why you need help as soon as possible following an injury.
At Steven Titus & Associates, P.C., our trial lawyers have the experience to take on the big insurance companies. We pride ourselves on our successful track record when it comes to helping victims recover full compensation for their injuries. Don’t wait. Contact one of our friendly representatives today at (307) 257-7800 to schedule a free evaluation of your case.
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