In Connecticut, attorneys routinely pursue just compensation for individuals who suffer slip and fall (also known as "trip and fall") accidents due to negligently maintained premises and dangerous conditions on property. This is because it is the legal responsibility of property owners, property managers, business proprietors and municipalities to ensure your safety as a visitor. If any of these parties falter in their responsibilities and you are injured physically from a slip and fall accident, you are legally entitled to compensation for injuries due to negligence. In some cases, punitive damages (compensation) over and above medical expenses and lost wages may be awarded.
What is slip-and-fall accident liability?
Slip and fall liability is defined as a failure of the owner or operator of a property – the building and the land on which it sits – to protect visitors against injury due to negligently maintained premises and dangerous conditions on property. Visitors can be anyone including apartment tenants and guests, customers in retail stores or service vendors tending to the building’s business. Municipalities are subject to the law as well, which covers all public sidewalks, parks, parking facilities and government-owned buildings. The following scenarios are subject to premises liability litigation:
- Cracked sidewalks
- Broken steps
- Merchandise littered store aisles
- Unmarked changes in elevation
- Poorly lit passageways
- Slippery surfaces due to leaks, spills or worn surfaces
- Tree roots above ground in walking areas
- Uneven floor surfaces
Client, a 54 year old female nurse anesthetist, tripped and fell on cords and cables strewn about an operating room floor. She struck her head during her fall and also hit both knees. As a result of this fall, she sustained a deep laceration about the left eye, a concussion, mild traumatic brain injury with post traumatic vertigo, peripheral and central vertigo and vestibular impairment, and bilateral knee injuries. She had a subsequent fall (from her vertigo issues) resulting in a right shoulder injury. The plaintiff has suffered cognitive symptoms including problems with attention and concentration, a primary visual processing difficulty and short-term memory issues. The defendant denied any responsibility for the fall claiming she tripped over cords from her own equipment. The defendant also denied the severity of the client’s injuries. The case settled for $475,000.00 during discovery and after our engineering analysis showed the hospital operating room deviated from appropriate standards.
A 67 year old female client was walking with a friend on a West Hartford sidewalk when the toe of her sneaker caught the edge of an elevated concrete sidewalk slab (approximately 2") causing her to trip and fall forward. She attempted to brace her fall with her hands and in the process sustained a right wrist fracture. She brought her claim under the “defective sidewalk” statute which required that she prove the defective sidewalk was 100% the cause of her fall. She sustained a "significant shear fracture with proximal displacement" of the right wrist as a result of her fall requiring surgery to repair. The defendant claimed client was partially at fault in failing to observe the defect. Case settled for $31,500.00.
Client, a 52 year old visiting nurse, was departing a second floor apartment in the Defendant's multi-family dwelling via a rear exterior stairway. As she stepped off a landing onto the first step, her foot slipped, causing her to fall down an entire flight of stairs. Our engineering expert said that the rear stairway deviated significantly from the building code and that the combination of the step height and the narrow tread, together with the slippery tread surface, all combined to cause the client’s fall and her injuries. The client suffered a fracture of her left proximal fibula which required her to wear a boot for 6 weeks causing her to miss work. Defendant denied liability and contended the client’s fall was her own fault. Case settled on the eve of trial for $67,000.00.
Our 72 year old client tripped and fell on a defective section of curbing located in a commercial parking lot causing a right humeral neck fracture and surgery.
If you have sustained an injury due to a slip and fall accident and are ready to learn how our firm can assist you and your family, please call us today for a free consultation. John Logan and J. Paul Vance are experienced trial attorneys who will provide you with wise and compassionate legal counsel and representation through each stage of the process. Remember, you pay no fees to us if we do not win your case. You can contact John Logan and J. Paul Vance by calling 1-860-489-5000 or by filling out the form below.
The results of a particular case cannot be based upon a lawyer's or firm's past results. Each case is different. The value of a case can depend on a number of factors, such as: the facts concerning liability in the case, potential defenses asserted in the case, the harm both monetary and personal suffered by the injured person, the legal complexity of the case, whether the defendant was insured or not, the available insurance coverage in the case, and whether the case was resolved through negotiation, at trial, or in arbitration.