Contact a Premises Liability Attorney at Sabbeth Law Today
Premises Liability cases (i.e., Slip & Falls and Trip & Falls on a defendant’s property due to a defect, negligent maintenance, or negligent failure to provide notice of hazard on a property) are often among the most challenging cases to bring. As most premises liability Attorneys in Vermont and New Hampshire will agree, though each case is unique, there is likely no more difficult case to bring than for a slip and fall on the ice in Northern New England.
However, that does not mean such cases are not viable. Premises liability attorney Michael J. Sabbeth has resolved multiple cases in which his clients suffered injuries after slipping and falling on ice due to the defendants’ negligence for six figures.
Sabbeth Law puts forth maximum effort into the investigative aspect of all Premises Liability claims. This often requires the retention and utilization of engineering experts, human factor experts, and premises and machinery experts, amongst others. Sabbeth Law puts up the expenses for these experts if and until there is a resolution of its clients’ claims. If there is no recovery, the client is not responsible for reimbursing any of these costs.
There are many things that can be done to enhance the likelihood of a successful premises liability claim. Let’s take some in turn:
1) Be sure to report the injury, and how you were injured, to the manager, owner, or employee who works on the property, right away. If an accident report is filled out, request a copy of it.
2) Try to take as many mental notes of your surroundings as possible. Write them down at your first opportunity. This is important in any type of injury case, but especially so in Premises Liability cases.
There is a tremendous amount of research that confirms that we, as humans, will often forget large amounts of critical information after incurring a trauma, such as an injury, as each hour passes. Often, these cases can be won or lost on one of these details.
3) If at all possible, take pictures of the hazard that caused you to fall. Nowadays, most of us have cameras on our cellphones. After making sure you are okay, do your best to document the scene. I have personally been involved in cases where the store owner/employee have corrected the hazard, taking photos after the fact, and represented their photos as an accurate reflection of the condition of the area where my client fell at the time of the fall. While it is nice to think most people would not do such a thing, don’t count on it. Document it yourself, or better yet, have a friend do so for you.
4) Take down the names and contact information of any witnesses who witnessed your fall, or what caused you to fall. These cases can often boil down to “he said, she said”, and so the more witnesses who can accurately state what happened, the better.
If you would like to discuss the merits of your potential Premises Liability claim with an experienced premises liability lawyer, please feel free to contact me for a free consultation.