If you were injured after slipping, tripping, and/or falling on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages. Although many people mistakenly believe that slip and fall cases are not that serious, we at Pringle & Herigstad, P.C. know that these accidents can result in severe or even debilitating injuries. Our North Dakota slip and fall lawyers have extensive experience helping victims of unsafe property conditions fight for fair compensation and work to hold negligent property owners accountable.
Since 1909, our firm has been serving as a voice for the voiceless, providing aggressive advocacy and client-focused representation. We have two offices located in Minot and Grand Forks and proudly serve clients throughout the entire state of North Dakota. Pringle & Herigstad, P.C. offers free initial consultations and contingency fees, meaning you have nothing to lose in discussing your potential slip and fall case with one of our attorneys today.
How Do You Prove Negligence in a Slip and Fall?
Slip, trip, and fall cases fall under premises liability law. Like other types of premises liability cases, you must prove that another person or party is liable for your injuries and damages to recover compensation in a slip and fall claim. Typically, this involves proving negligence.
To bring a successful slip and fall case, you must prove the following:
- Duty of Care: First, you must establish that the property owner (or another party) owed you a duty of care. In premises liability cases, the property owner only owes you a duty of care if you are lawfully on the property when the accident occurs (known as being a “lawful entrant”). If you were trespassing (or were an “unlawful entrant”), you may not have a case unless certain exceptions apply.
- Breach: Next, you must prove that the property owner breached the duty of care. This usually involves proving that the property owner failed to conduct adequate maintenance or that they failed to properly remove, repair, or warn visitors of a dangerous condition that existed on the property. You will also need to prove that the property owner knew about or reasonably should have known about the dangerous condition.
- Causation: You will also need to prove that the dangerous condition/property owner’s negligence was the proximate or direct cause of your slip and fall accident. In other words, you must prove that you would not have slipped, tripped, and/or fell had the property owner taken appropriate steps to maintain the premises or remove, repair, or warn you of the dangerous condition. You also need to prove that the dangerous condition was not “open and obvious,” meaning you could not have easily avoided it.
- Damages: Lastly, you must prove that you were injured and that you suffered damages as a result of your injuries. If you slipped and fell but were not injured, you do not have a case. Damages can include both economic and non-economic losses, such as medical expenses, projected future medical care costs, lost income/wages, lost earning ability due to disability, pain and suffering, and reduced quality of life.
At Pringle & Herigstad, P.C., our North Dakota slip and fall attorneys work with a team of experts to thoroughly investigate these claims and determine what factors contributed to or caused the accident. We know how to look for and identify property owner negligence and how to prove that this was the cause of your injuries, financial damages, and intangible losses.
What Are the Most Common Causes?
While anyone can slip, trip, or fall, most of these accidents occur due to property owner negligence and poor property maintenance.
Some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents include:
- Wet or slippery floors
- Torn or ripped carpeting
- Uneven floors
- Unsafe steps and stairs
- Lack of adequate signage
- Poor lighting
- Overcrowded areas
- Cluttered walkways and aisles
- Defective sidewalks
- Missing handrails
- Unsafe ladders
- Structure collapses
- Failure to follow safety standards
- Improper maintenance
These and other hazardous conditions can cause serious slip, trip, and fall accidents, leading to devastating injuries. In fact, falls are among the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, serious fractures, and other life-altering injuries.
At Pringle & Herigstad, P.C., our attorneys know how to build a powerful case aimed at maximizing your recovery. We believe that negligent property owners should be held accountable and that you deserve a fair recovery. If you slipped and fell because of unsafe conditions on someone else’s property—whether a business, public park, or even a residential home—we can help.
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Getting back on your feet after a serious slip and fall accident can be challenging, but Pringle & Herigstad, P.C. is here to help. Our North Dakota slip and fall lawyers provide caring, personalized legal counsel and seek solutions tailored to your unique needs. We are aggressive when it comes to negotiating fair settlements and have helped thousands of clients recover the compensation they needed to move forward. Whenever necessary, our team is fully prepared to litigate your case and represent you at trial.
There is no cost and no risk in speaking to a member of our team today about your potential slip, trip, and fall case. Get in touch with us to set up a free initial consultation at one of our multiple, conveniently located offices or by phone. We are happy to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have.