Slip and Falls
As a northeastern state, Maine sees its share of icy sidewalks and slippery surfaces during the winter months. Even if you are diligent in maintaining your own property, businesses and workplaces can fail in their obligation to keep the spaces inside and outside free of hazardous conditions that can cause injury or death to others. Injuries from slip and fall accidents can range from minor to fatal, and can include cuts, broken bones, back injuries, and head trauma. If you have been injured in Maine due to a property owner’s reckless or negligent maintenance, contact the experienced Maine slip and fall accident lawyers at Briggs & Wholey.Slip and Falls Are a Common Source of Injury & Death
Slip and fall accidents can occur in a wide variety of locations, such as private homes, businesses, stores, restaurants, and government buildings. They are a leading source of injury in those environments, and also in the workplace. According to data released by the United States Bureau of Labor and Statistics regarding occupational deaths in 2012, in that year there were 4,383 fatal work injuries, occurring at a rate of 3.2 injuries per 100,00 full-time equivalent workers. Of the 4,383 deaths, 668 workers (more than 10 percent) were killed by falls, slips, or trips. Over 80 percent of those deaths resulted from falls from an upper level to a lower level, with the majority of those falls occurring at a height of 10 feet or more. Contractors seemed to be particularly affected by this type of fatality, with 30 percent of the 708 contractor deaths caused by falls to a lower level.How Do I Hold a Negligent Property Owner Accountable?
The duty a property owner or manager owes to an injured party can hinge upon the relationship between the property owner and the victim. Specifically, the legal requirement to maintain a property or warn of unsafe conditions will generally apply to guests, customers, tenants, or people who are otherwise lawfully on the property, but will generally not apply to trespassers. Unsafe conditions that can lead to a premises liability claim under Maine law can include:
- Spills or ice on floors
- Broken stairs
- Loose hand railing
- Dangerous animals
- Inadequate lighting
- Unsecured or falling merchandise
- Construction site or workplace hazards
Rather than accept responsibility, property owners and their insurance companies will often resort to blaming the injured or deceased for the injuries they have suffered. It is therefore important to document the incident through pictures or other means if you can, and to speak with a slip and fall attorney as soon as possible. Thorough and immediate investigation by experienced counsel can help you hold the responsible party liable and maximize your recovery. Compensation for your injuries may include amounts for medical bills, living expenses, lost income, funeral expenses, and pain and suffering.Why Choose Us?
At Briggs & Wholey, we work hard to obtain the compensation you deserve following your injuries. For nearly 30 years of combined experience, our Maine personal injury attorneys have helped secure the compensation clients are entitled to under the law in a wide variety of cases. We proudly represent the family members of deceased loved ones, as well as those who have been injured throughout the state of Maine in personal injury accidents, including slip and falls. We are here to help you through this stressful time, and to fight for the damages you may be owed. If you or a family member have been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact us online or call us at (888) 596-1099 for a free, confidential consultation.