CASE FEATURE: $40,000 settlement for a client who was a victim in a slip and fall accident
When walking on city sidewalks, through government property, or in commercial buildings, you don’t expect to get hurt. When building and property owners fail to uphold reasonable standards, however, your safety can be compromised.
“Slip and fall” is a personal injury term used to describe a situation in which a person injures himself or herself by slipping or tripping, and then falling while on someone else’s property. It is the duty of the property owner to remove or fix known or foreseeable hazards like slippery floors, uneven walking surfaces, broken steps, icy or snowy walkways, dangerous debris, and other risk factors before innocent pedestrians have a chance to encounter these dangers.
In a recent slip and fall case, our client was exiting River City Casino when he hit his foot on the exposed edge of a tile floor bordering a carpeted area. He fell and landed face first, knocking out his permanent dental bridge.
When we went and examined the area, we could tell that the carpet was worn down. There was at least a quarter-inch gap between the carpet and tile. During our investigation, we also discovered that a woman had fallen in the same area several years before and reported to casino officials that the area was dangerous. My client’s previous attorney did not do this homework, and told the client that there was no case.
The bill to restore the teeth that were damaged in the accident was going to be between $13,000 to $23,000, and like many folks, his family didn’t have the money. The S.E. Farris Law Firm was able to prove that our client was not at fault for the trip and fall, and received a $40,000 judgment in his favor.
Slip and fall accidents can happen because of carelessness or bad coincidence, but when they’re caused by a property owner’s negligence, the owner should pay for the damage caused. These accidents can cause severe and painful injuries that can have life changing implications. If you or a loved one is injured in a slip and fall accident, it’s important to contact a St. Louis personal injury attorney immediately.
The St. Louis Personal Injury Lawyers at The S.E. Farris Law Firm are experienced in slip and fall accidents, and premises liability cases. If you don’t have a valid claim, you can count on an honest assessment of the matter up front. If the landowner was completely or even partially at fault, we will fight to get the compensation for your financial and personal losses, such as medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, or long-term care you deserve.
To discuss your case with us in more detail, contact us today for a free consultation by calling 314-252-9937. The time to pursue a claim against a negligent party in a slip and fall case is limited. It is important to contact an experienced Missouri personal injury attorney as soon as possible so that your rights are protected, and so an investigation into the circumstances surrounding your accident can be conducted.