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When is a Slip Someone Else’s Fault?

I’d like to tell you a personal story. My mother was a teacher, and she fell once in the school cafeteria. She ended up injuring her knee so badly that she had to have surgery, lay on a cot for about six months, and go through another six months of physical therapy. She got better, and she ended up not paying for any of this, but only because she knew she wasn’t at fault, the school was.

That was crucial because the school tried to claim otherwise. She knew her rights, though, and the fact the school hadn’t posted a sign that the floor was slippery was enough, with a little effort, to get them to cover all the expenses of her rehabilitation.

That story sticks with me, and it makes me want to make sure others are aware when they aren’t at fault for accidents that occur to them. People need to know because the first thing a business, school, or insurance company is going to do is sow a little doubt into that story, trying to place the guilt on the injured person in order to save money.

So, how can you know that a slip or a fall isn’t you just being clumsy but is the fault of someone else? The lawyers of Mazin and Associates, PC, have thankfully provided a few great tips. According to them, it all comes down to negligence. If the owner of the property where you fell has been negligent in providing you enough information to be aware you may fall, you probably have a very good case, and you should be confident you deserve to be compensated or at least have your bills covered.

What does negligence look like?

The Mazin attorneys give a number of excellent examples. Bad lighting that makes it hard to see where you’re stepping is one example, another is a location having excessively slippery floors (and, it might be added, not putting up signs to explain that fact). Also, a location not removing snow or ice or allowing other dangerous conditions to exist on their property. This can be as simple as a store not doing enough to clear the ice from its parking lots or even a neighbor refusing to shovel the sidewalks.

If any of these conditions were present when you fell, or if there were conditions you feel were of a similar sort, you are probably on very firm ground (which must be a relief at this point) when it comes to your demands to have your bills seen to.

I will always admire my mother for standing up so firmly to the pressure put on her by her employer and by their insurance agency. All it took was a little firmness for them to wilt and to decide to pay for everything. I bet the opposite result occurs every day for people who don’t know they are in the right. I hope this article helps those people a little going forward.