What Should I Know about Slip & Fall Injury Claims in Maine?
Slip and fall accidents are common. In most cases, slipping and falling doesn’t result in anything more than a sore bottom and minor scrapes. Unfortunately, the injuries sustained from a slip and fall accident can also be much more dangerous with some taking months or years to heal. If they heal at all. If a slip and fall was due to somebody else’s failure to maintain their duty of care over a designated walking space, then the law provides you with a way to seek compensation for the injuries you suffered. We’ll look at how the law does this below, as well as how long you have to seek damages from a slip and fall case, after seeing what causes them in the first place.
What Causes a Slip and Fall?A slip and fall can happen for a variety of reasons. Some of us are just clumsy and have a tendency to fall a lot. But there are a number of different slip and fall causes that are worth pointing out because they suggest a failure to maintain an adequate duty of care on behalf of a second party. Frequent causes of slip and falls include:
- Wet Surfaces: It’s easy to take a fall when walking on a slippery floor. That’s why it’s important for janitors and cleaning staff to put out a sign to warn you about the condition. A failure to put out a sign after mopping a floor is a clear failure on behalf of those responsible.
- Poor Lighting: It’s not easy to maneuver in the dark. Obstacles that would be clear and easily avoidable with proper lighting quickly turn into slip and fall risks when there isn’t enough light. Businesses that are open to the public have to have a certain standard of lighting. Otherwise, their negligence can lead to an incident like a slip and fall.
- Uneven Surfaces: Pavement cracks, floors get worn down, and a number of other factors lead to erosion of walking surfaces. It’s easy to catch your foot and fall on things like these, things which should have been fixed by those managing the premises.