Slip and Falls are Only Funny in Cartoons – You Need a Lawyer

Slip and Falls are Only Funny in Cartoons – You Need a Lawyer

Slip and falls may seem funny at first, but these accidents can result in serious injuries that can cause you to accrue expensive medical bills or lose time from work. Connecticut accident lawyer Alex Schwartz has over 30 years’ trial experience representing slip and fall victims in Southport.

Why You Need an Attorney — Fast

The statute of limitations on personal injury claims is three years in some states, but Connecticut’s is only two years. You only have two years from the date of the slip and fall to file a lawsuit. The two-year statute applies to personal property damage as well if you damaged something when you fell. Your claim is time-barred after two years have expired, so it is important to contact an attorney as soon as you believe you may have a personal injury claim. If your claim is against a government entity, you only have six months to notify the entity of your intent to sue, and only one year to file suit. It is therefore crucial to contact an attorney as soon as possible, even if your claim can be settled. If the defendant knows you cannot file a lawsuit because the statute of limitations has expired, he is likely to leverage this against you in any settlement negotiations.

Comparative Negligence

Connecticut is a modified comparative negligence state. You will only win your case if you are found to be less than 51% at fault for the slip and fall accident. The defendant may try to argue that you were more than 51% at fault for your fall. You may have to argue against claims that you were careless, such as because you were looking at your phone, or that you should have avoided the dangerous area, such as because you ignored caution tape near a loose step.

Storm in Progress Doctrine

If you fall outside during the winter months, you may have to refute Connecticut’s storm in progress doctrine. This rule requires that a property owner must exercise reasonable care in removing snow and ice from outside walks and steps within a reasonable period of time after a storm ends. It is impractical to require a property owner to clear ice and snow before a storm has ended, so a defendant may argue that a storm was still in progress — he did not yet have a duty to remove the snow or ice. An experienced Connecticut personal injury attorney will be well versed in defenses to slip and fall accidents and will be able to help you argue against defenses such as the storm in progress doctrine.

Slip and falls are serious torts with important legal ramifications. There is no fee for personal injury cases at the Alex Schwartz Law Firm unless you win your case. You will work directly with the primary attorney on your case. Please contact the firm today to discuss your slip and fall accident – before it is too late!


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