1. If I slip and fall at a business, is the owner of the business legally responsible for my injuries?
2. I slipped and fell in my grocery store due to spill that was not cleaned up. My arm is broken. The store says that there had not been time for their clean-up crew so they are not responsible. Is this true?
3. I was attacked in the parking lot at the Mall. Can I sue the owners for my bills?
4. I slipped in my friend’s kitchen and really hurt myself. Are they responsible for my care?
5. What should I be doing before I see an attorney? I am not sure yet how serious my slip and fall was.
6. Does an accident report have to be filed after a slip and fall accident?
7. Can I sue my employer if I fall at work?

1. If I slip and fall at a business, is the owner of the business legally responsible for my injuries?
Typically, it is the duty of an owner to exercise reasonable care in the maintenance of the premises and to warn a visitor of any known dangerous conditions. It is the responsibility of your experienced personal injury attorney to gather the relevant facts and to know the applicable legal principles in order to determine if the owner can be held liable for the injuries caused in a fall. Contact Oshman & Mirisola, LLP today to discuss your claim.

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2. I slipped and fell in my grocery store due to spill that was not cleaned up. My arm is broken. The store says that there had not been time for their clean-up crew so they are not responsible. Is this true?
Their attorney will probably try to use this argument, but it is seldom successful. Businesses are generally liable for the negligence of their cleaning crew. You have a reasonable case, and a premises liability attorney can advise you as to the type and amount of damages that you may expect in this instance. Contact Oshman & Mirisola, LLP to discuss your claim.

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3. I was attacked in the parking lot at the Mall. Can I sue the owners for my bills?
Generally, the owner or owners of a business are responsible for reasonable security on their property or premises. Adequate lighting, for example, is an essential for safety. A significant period of criminal activity on or around a property would also show a property owner that additional security is required to prevent such criminal acts. This could be used to prove an owner’s liability for later criminal acts.

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4. I slipped in my friend’s kitchen and really hurt myself. Are they responsible for my care?
Most homeowner’s insurance policies provide coverage for medical bills regardless of fault. These claims generally must be made in a short time span, so ask your friend to check your policy for this provision. Second, contact an attorney at Oshman & Mirisola, LLP to discuss your situation and protect your rights.

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5. What should I be doing before I see an attorney? I am not sure yet how serious my slip and fall was.
Please do the following:

  • Document all events in a journal, including doctor’s visits, and any contact by anyone regarding the accident. Photograph your injuries from day one.
  • Do not speak to anyone regarding the accident, such as an insurance agent or adjuster without contacting your attorney.
  • See an attorney as soon as possible to discuss this. You can always elect to drop the matter, but it is important to see that your rights are preserved.

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6. Does an accident report have to be filed after a slip and fall accident?
An accident report should be completed at the time of the incident noting what happened, who witnessed the accident, the conditions that caused the fall and any other relevant information such as available lighting. The requirement for a report is generally a store or business policy, rather than mandated by law.

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7. Can I sue my employer if I fall at work?
Generally, you cannot sue your employer if you fall at work. Injuries sustained at work are covered under workplace injuries laws. Contact Oshman & Mirisola, LLP to discuss your claim or see our Workplace Injuries page for more information.

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