Do Victims of Slip-and-fall Accidents Have Grounds for a Claim?

Attorney Mark Rufo PC

New Hampshire readers know slip-and-fall accidents can happen for a variety of reasons in a variety of places. Victims of these types of accidents are often unsure of their legal options because they often assume the accident was at least partially their fault or they do not think they have grounds for a claim.

If you are the victim of an accident that happened due to dangerous property conditions, you have options. You have the right to seek financial compensation through a civil claim, but you may find it helpful to have guidance for the entirety of the process. As a victim, you do not have to walk through the aftermath on your own.

How do I know if I have a case? 

Not every slip-and-fall accident is grounds for a civil claim. However, it is beneficial to take immediate action to explore this potential option and seek the full protection of your interests. You likely have many questions regarding your options, including the following:

  • What can I do if my accident happened in a person’s home? A homeowner or private property owner has the duty to inform you of any dangers or hazards that could lead to an accident.
  • What can I do if I fell because of hazardous sidewalk conditions? Certain government agencies have the obligation to keep sidewalks and public places safe and free from hazards, including ice and other dangers.
  • What can I do if I was hurt while shopping? If your accident occurred while you were shopping due to factors such as unmarked wet floors, falling objects or other dangers, you may have a case.

Many victims of slip-and-fall accidents are unaware of their legal options because they assume they do not have a case. Even if you are unsure of the legal options available to you, it could be beneficial to seek a complete evaluation of your case.

The benefit of knowing your options 

Dangerous property conditions and other factors beyond the control of the victim are often the reason for slip-and-fall accidents. You may have valid grounds to seek financial recourse for your pain and suffering as well as financial compensation for your medical bills and other accident-related losses.

These cases are time sensitive, and it is smart to take quick action to initiate the claims process. If you think you might have a case, there is no time to lose in learning about your legal options and taking the appropriate steps in your pursuit of fair compensation.