Our post today is going to cover some considerations in North Carolina Slip and Fall Injury Cases. If you have any specific questions about your case, please contact one of our Durham Personal Injury Attorneys or Greensboro Personal Injury Attorneys through the Free Consultation contact form to the right or by calling us at (888) 820 – 5885.
A North Carolina slip and fall injury claim is based on negligence, and it exists when a property owner’s negligence causes you to fall and injure yourself. Common hazardous conditions that cause people to slip and fall include (a) slippery floors, (b) dark or inadequately lit areas, (c) wobbly or bumpy flooring, (d) ragged or frayed carpeting, (e) hidden holes or dips, (f) damaged, absent or wobbly railings and (g) weather related conditions such as ice or snow. There are many hazards that can cause slip and fall cases, so if you were injured by something other than what we have listed, feel free to contact one of our Durham Injury Lawyers or Greensboro Injury Lawyers to discuss the merits of your case.
Establishing liability on the part of the property owner involves proving that the property owner owed you a duty of care, and breached that duty of care by failing to remove the hazardous condition that caused your slip and fall. Generally, a property owner owes you a duty to take reasonable precautions to ensure your safety while on the property owner’s property. Typically the most challenging aspect of bringing a successful North Carolina slip and fall injury case is proving that the property owner had notice of the hazard that caused you to slip and fall. Proving notice can be done by either (a) showing that the property owner created the condition or hazard that caused your slip and fall or (b) showing that the property owner had knowledge of the hazardous condition (or, due to the passing of time, should have had knowledge of the hazardous condition). If you can prove that the property owner created or knew of the hazardous condition and did nothing to remove the hazardous condition, you are well on your way to a successful North Carolina slip and fall injury claim. For some tips on how you can document your case, contact a Durham Slip and Fall Attorney or Greensboro Slip and Fall Attorney.
However, it is important to note that you also have a duty to take reasonable precautions to avoid hazardous conditions. In North Carolina, if you are deemed to be contributorily negligent in failing to see or avoid a hazardous condition, your slip and fall case can fail. Many North Carolina slip and fall injury cases can be extremely hard to win due to this contributory negligence doctrine.
Our next post on North Carolina slip and fall injury cases will discuss what you should do after the incident that causes your injury. In the meantime, if you have any questions about your case please feel free to contact our Durham Personal Injury Lawyers or Greensboro Personal Injury Lawyers.