People slip and fall every day. Not every instance merits legal action. But when a person’s negligence causes you to slip, fall and suffer a serious injury that could have been prevented, you deserve compensation.
The Rhode Island slip and fall attorneys of Gemma Law Associates, Inc., can help you. We have experience in recovering money for those who are injured in falls caused by another’s negligence. These funds can help pay for medical expenses, make up for lost past and future wages and compensate you for your pain and suffering.
To schedule a free consultation, call us today or complete our online contact form.
Negligence Causes Rhode Island Slip and Fall Accident
Slip and fall accidents are sometimes called trip and fall accidents or fall-down accidents. They come under a legal category known as premises liability law.
Rhode Island’s premises liability law places a clear duty on property owners: They must provide safely maintained premises for anyone who is reasonably expected to be on the premises. If there’s a dangerous condition on the premises that the owner knew or reasonably should have known about – and the owner failed to correct it or warn about it – they can be held liable for their negligence.
Examples of hazardous conditions that can cause slip and fall accidents include:
- Snow and ice – After a storm ends, a property owner should take steps to remove dangerous snow and ice from sidewalks, parking lots and other walking areas.
- Contaminants on the floor – Water, grease, oil, fluids and food can make floors slippery and dangerous. For instance, if a building owner mops a hallway, the owner should take reasonable steps to dry the floor or post a sign warning of the floor’s slickness.
- Faulty drains and water pipes – When pipes are poorly aligned and drains are clogged, they can cause water to spill out onto walking areas.
- Walking surface irregularities – Broken or uneven pavement, holes, rocks, leaves and objects sticking out of the ground, such as sprinkler heads, can cause people to trip.
- Inadequate lighting – Whether it’s a hallway, stairwell, parking lot or other common area, the lighting must be sufficient to allow visitors to see where they are walking.
- Stairs and handrails – When a stairway is broken or uneven, or a handrail is loose or poorly aligned, it can cause a visitor to misstep and suffer a serious fall.
- Clutter – When a store’s aisles are cluttered or cords, wires, hoses and other objects clutter a walking area, it can lead one to trip and fall.
Whether you’re a major chain store such as Wal-Mart, a grocery store, gas station, government entity or a private residential owner, you can be held liable if you fail to live up to your duty and expose visitors on your property to these and other unsafe conditions.
Our Attorneys Help Rhode Island Slip and Fall Accident Victims
While some slip-and-fall accidents cause minor cuts and bruises, others can cause serious injuries, including:
- Sprains, strains, dislocations and tears
- Broken bones, including hip fractures
- Traumatic brain injury and concussions
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Compensation for a slip and fall injury depends on the severity of the injury. A successful case must clearly establish how and why the injury occurred and the current and long-term health outlook for the victim.
At Gemma Law Associates, Inc., our legal team has more than 100 years of combined experience helping accident and injury victims, including those injured in slips, trips and falls. Our primary goal is to help people who have been involved in a personal injury accident obtain justice and compensation. Most of our cases settle before going to trial, but if a trial is required, we have the courtroom experience to successfully represent you.
Contact Our Rhode Island Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers Today
If you have been injured in a slip and fall that was caused by a property owner’s negligence, it’s important to seek legal help right away. You have to make sure you protect your legal rights and interests.
The Rhode Island slip and fall lawyers of Gemma Law Associates, Inc., are available to serve victims and their families throughout Rhode Island, including those in the communities of Providence, Newport, Bristol, Cranston, Pawtucket, Warwick and Woonsocket.
If you have suffered a serious personal injury due to a slip and fall accident, call us today or use our online form to arrange a free consultation. We’ve been helping clients in Rhode Island for more than 48 years – and we can help you, too.