If you slip and fall in someone else’s home, can you sue them for damages? In some situations, the answer to that question is yes. The homeowner owes guests a “duty of care.” If you were invited into someone’s home and there were hazards that could cause slip and fall accidents, then the homeowner should have addressed them before. They were negligent, and they should be held accountable for their negligence with the help of a Monmouth County slip and fall lawyer.
Can Slip and Fall Injuries Be Serious?
Slip and fall accidents are quite serious, especially for older people. Falls can cause all sorts of injuries, including more severe ones that could result in continued medical issues. Slip and fall accidents can easily lead to:
- Broken bones, usually wrists or hips
- Torn ligaments
- Joint injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries, like concussions
- Spinal cord injuries
What is a Homeowner’s Responsibilities to Their Guests?
When a homeowner invites someone onto their property, they are implying that it is safe. If there are hazards, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to deal with them or warn invitees about them. If a homeowner knows that their home could be dangerous and does nothing to address said dangers, they should be held responsible if someone gets injured.
Should I Take an Insurer’s Offer After a Slip and Fall?
When you are suing a homeowner, you are usually not really suing the homeowner themselves. Instead, you are going after their insurance company. That insurance company may send you an offer if you were injured at a home that they insure, but do not be so quick to take their offer.
It probably won’t surprise you to learn that insurance companies generally try to get out of these situations while spending as little money as possible. This first offer is probably not going to be enough to fairly compensate you for what you have experienced. We recommend that you talk to a lawyer before you accept any offer.
What Should Compensation Help Me Cover?
Your compensation should not just reimburse you for the bills you had to pay as a result of your slip and fall injuries. A fair offer should also address the emotional and psychic toll your accident and injuries have taken on you. Your compensation should help make up for:
- The cost of past and future medical care
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning potential
- Loss of enjoyment
- Pain from disability or disfigurement
- Mental anguish and stress
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So if you think that a homeowner bears some of the blame for the injuries you suffered in their home, it may be time to pursue a personal injury case. Contact the Falcon Law Firm, LLC and learn more about your legal options at a free consultation.