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An icy sidewalk, uneven floor tiles, a bunched-up rug or wet flooring can mean the difference between someone going about their day without incident or someone falling and suffering a serious injury. Every day, people are injured, often through no fault of their own, when they suffer an unexpected slip and fall. Unfortunately, without the help of an experienced and knowledgeable attorney, people who experience a slip-and-fall injury often face an uphill battle when attempting to recover compensation for their injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured, an attorney at Nicolet Law Office can help you receive the compensation you deserve. Our attorneys and professional staff have helped injury victims in throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota.
A person who has been injured by slipping and falling will often find that building owners, insurance companies and anyone else who might be liable to the injured person will try to blame the injured person for his or her injuries. A liable party will often try to embarrass an injured person, asserting that the injured person was clumsy or not paying attention when he or she fell, all the while knowing that there may have been an unsafe condition.
Slip-and-fall injuries can be caused by a variety of factors, but usually fall into two categories: permanent building features or temporary conditions. Temporary conditions that could cause an injury include things such as a wet floor, an icy entryway, merchandise left on the floor or a rug that gets bunched up. Permanent building features that can cause injuries include things such as under-maintained, incorrectly built or inadequately designed: stairways that do not meet code, roofs that allow water to drip in a store’s entryway or interior, an uneven floor, or improper floor drainage.
Building and business owners, along with their employees, have a responsibility to keep their buildings safe for those who enter. They must do things such as sweep the floors to keep them clear of debris, shovel and salt entryways, keep parking lots reasonably clear of snow, and place signs that warn of dangerous conditions like wet floors. If a dangerous condition existed, a responsible party was aware of the dangerous condition, and failed to correct it or warn people about it, that responsible party may be liable to anyone who is injured by that dangerous condition.
Of course, the injured person’s conduct will also be examined when assigning fault for the injuries; an injured person who was rough housing, running, or otherwise being irresponsible in a store, may have a harder time recovering compensation.
The legal team at Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers stands ready to help injured people throughout Wisconsin, as well as those located in eastern Minnesota. Founding attorney Russell Nicolet is dedicated to helping injured people protect their rights, receive the compensation they deserve, and move on with their lives. Under his direction, our law firm can shelter you from the stresses of the claims process. We will deal with the insurance companies and opposing attorneys, keeping you updated on your case and answering your questions, but otherwise freeing you to get on with your life.
We offer a free case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency basis; you do not pay anything upfront and do not pay attorney’s fees if you do not win. Calls are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.