Don’t Let The Complexities Of A New Haven Slip And Fall Injury Worry You

February 29, 2024
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When an accident occurs as the result of a New Haven slip and fall incident there are many variables that come into play. Just because there are a number of variables that are involved does not mean that you don’t have the right to be compensated for your injury. In fact, the more variables that are involved, the more you may need to be compensated for your injury because an accident may be something that could have been prevented depending on what was involved.

Whether you’re out for a walk or a day of shopping throughout the Elm City there are many situations that may arise where you may find yourself injured from an accident. While not all incidents will be considered an accident that may be compensated you should understand some of the circumstances that might lead to your need to work with an attorney so the responsibility for your injury does not fall entirely to you and you do not have to pay out of pocket for the medical bills.

Let’s take for instance an incident that might occur at a local business. While most business owners in the Elm City take impeccable care of their store fronts and the interior of their stores, there are some situations which may put you at greater risk of getting into an accident or an injury. If you are out shopping at a local retailer and you run into any of the following circumstances that lead to you slipping and falling and getting injured you may need to seek the support of an experienced attorney;

1.) Uneven surfaces. It is common, especially as the winter winds down that between the freeze-thaw and the wear and tear that sidewalks and roadways incur during the winter months that surfaces that you will be walking on may become uneven. An uneven surface could cause you to trip and get injured. While you may be able to stand up and brush yourself off sparing yourself a little embarrassment, a significant fall may result in serious injuries like broken bones or even a traumatic brain injury (TBI.)

2.) Slippery conditions. You may immediately think about the outside of a storefront that has ice, snow or even puddles out front, but don’t forget that slippery conditions can also be an issue once inside the store as well. As people come and go through the store a floor that is a hard surface may become even more slippery then the road or sidewalk out front and this could put you in a precarious situation where you are at risk of getting injured while inside the store. Be on the lookout for shiny floors that may look like they are wet and could become a hazard to you.

3.) Poor lighting can become a real problem at night when you are out in town shopping. It is common for local businesses to have a light bulb out on their walkway or for the street lights to not be properly lighting the way to the local business. Without proper lighting you may find yourself in a situation where you could get injured as the result of not being able to see the path in front of you well. If this is the case you could become seriously injured and may need to seek medical attention and miss time away from the things you need or want to do.

4.) Defective stairs or handrails. If you have to traverse a set of stairs to get to a local business you should make sure to watch your step. While you may take for granted the safety of a set of stairs or the railing you would grab on to to keep your balance, there may become a situation where the stairs are unsafe or the railing is unsafe and it could lead you to be in a situation where you might fall. A fall from the top of a set of stairs may be one of the most significant situations you might face while you’re out shopping at local businesses. When you are climbing a set of stairs make sure you take your time and are on the lookout for loose or shaky stairs or railings.

Getting injured while you’re out shopping can really put a damper on the enjoyment of your outing. With a little extra care and attention to where you are stepping you can avoid getting into a New Haven slip and fall accident and becoming seriously injured. Taking your time will let you go shopping, enjoy yourself and return home safely and ready to approach another shopping trip the same way.

If you are injured you may need to seek the advice of an attorney. Contact our office and one of our experienced attorneys will review your situation and work with you to protect your long-term interests.