If you have had a slip and fall accident due to unsafe conditions that were not your fault, you may be entitled to legal compensation. If you have been injured, incurred bills, lost wages, experienced pain or suffering as a result, you may have a case. A Milwaukee slip and fall attorney can help.
Who is Liable for Slip & Fall Injuries?
Whoever is responsible for the place and location where you fell may be held responsible for your injury. These include but are not limited to;
- Landlords and Property Managers
- School Employees
- Corporations, such as retail stores
- Nursing Home Staff, Employees
- Hotel Chains
- Public Works Staff in the case of a sidewalk, road, or park path slip and fall
Wisconsin is a Modified Comparative Negligence State
Modified comparative negligence means you can seek damages in proportion to the level of negligence the responsible party has exhibited. For example, the defendant may be only 25% responsible for the unsafe conditions which caused your fall and reduce their penalty accordingly. Modified Comparative Negligence recognizes that even though someone is technically responsible, there may have been conditions in effect that were beyond that person’s direct control.
How to Prove Negligence and Duty of Care
In Wisconsin, a landowner or other responsible party is not always considered responsible for injuries that happen on the premises. Milwaukee slip and fall lawyers are here to help.
Duty of Care: You will have to show that the person responsible for the property where you fell had a duty of care. If, for example, you slipped and fell because of a risk you chose to take, there may be no duty of care. On the other hand, an unexpected fall on unstable terrain could mean they did have a duty of care.
Breach of Duty of Care: Such a breach would mean that the responsible party caused the unsafe conditions that triggered your fall.