Slip and Falls
If a person is injured after they slip or fall due to the negligence of another person, then Connecticut law says that the other person should be responsible for the injury that they caused. Slip and fall injuries can be compensable in several ways.
One of the most common ways for a slip and fall to be compensable is when the victim slips and falls while on the property of another person or business. Obviously, not just any slip and fall is compensable. The injury must have been caused by an unreasonably dangerous condition on the property of another person, and there was a failure to warn of the dangerous condition or to eliminate the danger. Owners of property are said to have a duty to warn of a danger or to make the condition safe. The level of duty may vary depending on the reason why a person is on the land of another person, and that discussion is beyond the scope of this website.
One of the highest levels of duties is imposed on landowners who invite members of the public onto their land for a commercial purpose. Thus, any commercial store owner has such a duty. These injuries can occur when something slippery is spilled on the floor of the store, or if an item that is stacked high upon a shelf falls over onto the customer and injures him or her. The owner of the land must have had notice however of the dangerous condition for the injury to be compensable, or at least should have known that the condition existed. Attorney Kevin L. Hoffkins is skilled at finding the evidence that the condition was known to the landowner and should have made the condition safe.
Other slip and falls can happen on public lands including sidewalks or public parks. For instance, sometimes construction crews create dangerous conditions that can injure pedestrians as they walk by the construction site. Compensable slip and fall injuries can also occur when municipalities fail to properly maintain their parks.