Written by Keith V. Trantolo
M.Z. Bristol, CT
Trantolo & Trantolo are the slip and fall lawyers in Connecticut. If you suffered an injury in a slip and fall accident, you might be able to get compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering, and other losses. Our talented slip and fall lawyers have over 75 years of experience helping CT clients get compensation for their injuries. We do not charge any fees until you receive a settlement. Feel free to call us any time at 1-844-999-9999 or click here to fill our online contact form for a free consultation with no obligation.
Slip and Fall: What You Should Know
Sometimes an apology is just not enough. Has this happened to you? You’ve been shopping and fell on the store’s property, badly injuring yourself. Then, all you got from the business store owner was “I’m sorry.” But “I’m sorry” won’t pay your medical bills or make up for the wages you lost because of your injury.
Premises liability is an area of the law that holds a property owner responsible for any injuries sustained by other people on their property. Most often, premises liability cases involve “slip & falls” or “trip & falls.”
When we visit someone’s property, we assume that they have taken the necessary steps to ensure that no one will be injured. That’s because property owners have a duty to inspect & maintain their property – public or private – and take the necessary steps to remedy any dangerous conditions that may exist.
BENEFITS OF HIRING A SLIP & FALL ATTORNEY
It can be difficult to prove negligence in a premises liability suit. The test is whether the property is reasonably safe for its intended use. To hold the property owner responsible for personal injuries sustained in a “slip & fall,” which range from broken bones to the immediate and long-term ramifications of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or spinal cord injury (SCI), the injured party must prove the existence of a dangerous condition; that the owner knew or should have known of its existence; and that the dangerous condition had existed for such a period of time that the owner should have discovered it in time to remedy it.
If by no fault of your own you were seriously injured on someone else’s property, you need the experienced premises liability attorneys at Trantolo & Trantolo to help you navigate this complicated area of the law. Contact a Connecticut premises liability lawyer today.
WHAT IS A SLIP AND FALL CASE?
A slip and fall case arises when a property owner does not take the necessary steps to keep his or her property safe, and someone gets hurt as a result. Slip and fall cases are often tricky because they can be hard to prove. The experienced Connecticut premises liability lawyers at Trantolo & Trantolo know how to handle your slip and fall case to get you the compensation you deserve.
WHAT KIND OF COMPENSATION CAN I GET?
If you suffered an injury in a slip and fall accident in Connecticut, we might be able to get you a settlement to compensate you for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, scarring, and other losses.
Proving the monetary value of your pain and suffering is often the most complex part of a slip and fall case. Insurance companies place a low value on pain and suffering and they will offer you a much lower settlement than you deserve. This is where the experienced CT personal injury attorneys at Trantolo & Trantolo can help you get the highest settlement possible. We know how to negotiate with the insurance company to ensure you get what you deserve for your pain and suffering.
SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENT CATASTROPHIC INJURIES WE ARE GOING AFTER
- Slip and Fall Leading to Limb Amputation
- Surgery After A slip and Fall Accident
WORKERS COMPENSATION BENEFITS AFTER A SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENT INJURY
If you are injured in a slip and fall accident while at work in Connecticut, you are usually entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. You do not need to prove that your injury was your employer’s fault. You only need to show that you were acting within the scope of your employment when the slip and fall accident occurred. If a subcontractor caused your injury, you might be able to file a third-party claim as well.
SLIP AND FALLS ON COMMERCIAL PROPERTY
Slip and fall injuries often occur on commercial properties like grocery stores, restaurants, bars, department stores, malls, and other stores. The law imposes stricter safety standards on commercial property owners than private property owners. This is because commercial property owners make a profit by inviting members of the public onto their premises. Commercial property owners usually purchase insurance to compensate victims of slip and fall accidents. Our CT personal injury attorneys have years of experience negotiating with insurance companies to get a fair settlement for slip and fall victims.
SLIP AND FALLS IN GROCERY AND BIG BOX STORES
The grocery store is a common source of slip and fall accidents. Countless shoppers enter the grocery store on any given day. Liquid spills and small objects throughout the store create a risk that some shoppers may fall and suffer an injury. Like any other commercial property, grocery stores must be free of any foreseeable dangers. If there is a foreseeably dangerous condition and someone is hurt as a result, the store can be legally responsible for the resulting injuries.
WHAT TO DO AFTER A SLIP AND FALL AT A GROCERY STORE
In a slip and fall case, the victim has the burden of proving their claim. Therefore, it is crucial to take specific steps to help your case. After a slip and fall accident at the grocery store, you should:
- Alert the store manager immediately. The manager should fill out an incident report and provide you with a copy.
- Take photographs and videos of the scene. Even though grocery stores usually have security cameras that may have captured the accident, it is helpful for your claim to show the scene from your point of view.
- Ask the manager for the store’s insurance information. For large grocery stores, ask for information about the corporate headquarters. For small grocery stores, ask for the owner’s contact information.
- Keep a record of any expenses related to your accident. These could include medical bills, lost wages at work, and other losses. Your CT slip and fall attorney will use this information to negotiate your settlement.
SLIP AND FALLS ON GOVERNMENT PROPERTY
Government properties include areas such as public parks and city sidewalks. Slip and fall accidents on government properties are often harder to prove than those on private or commercial properties. The government enjoys more legal protection than the average property owner when it comes to slip and fall claims. The unique laws that govern these cases can make it more challenging to get compensation for your injuries. For example, in some cases, the government must know about the dangerous condition to be legally responsible for your injuries.
On the other hand, a private landowner generally does not need to know about the danger to be held responsible. To further complicate things, the government usually has some immunity from lawsuits, making it even more challenging to hold them liable for slip and falls. This is where the experienced attorneys at Trantolo & Trantolo can help. We understand the complex laws that apply to slip and fall accidents on government property and can help you get the settlement you deserve.
OUR LARGEST SLIP AND FALL SETTLEMENTS
Trantolo & Trantolo has successfully represented CT slip and fall accident victims for more than 75 years. Our clients have received settlements as large as $775,000 for their slip and fall injuries. See below for more settlement awards we have recovered for our Connecticut clients.
Several Of Our Slip and fall Lawsuit Results
|Award Amount||Type of Case|
|$775,000||Our client was walking down an icy driveway to take out the trash when she slipped on the ice and fell. Her injuries required surgery and physical therapy, which cost her time at work.|
|$675,000||Our client was walking near a retail store when a ladder struck him. His injuries included a severely fractured skull and an array of neurological complications.|
|$500,000||Our client was entering a bathtub when she suffered second and third-degree burns from the scalding water. Improper water systems caused the dangerously high water temperature.|
|$497,000||Our client was walking on an icy walkway when he slipped and fell, suffering multiple severe fractures that required surgery.|
|$480,000||Our client was walking across a parking lot when she slipped on ice. Her fall caused severe injuries that required surgeries and rehabilitation and ultimately left her with a permanent partial disability.|
|$450,000||Our client was walking across a parking lot when she stepped into a pothole hidden by leaves and fell. She suffered injuries to her foot, leg, and back, requiring multiple surgeries and physical therapy.|
WHAT IS THE LEGAL FEE?
At Trantolo & Trantolo, our legal fee is a standard contingency fee equal to ⅓ of your settlement award. We cover any upfront costs associated with investigating your claim and proving your case, such as gathering medical records. We do not charge you any fees unless we successfully recover a settlement for you.
WHY HIRE US?
If you suffered an injury in a slip and fall accident in Connecticut, you should contact a skilled Connecticut premises liability lawyer. The attorneys at Trantolo & Trantolo have over 75 years of experience handling slip and fall cases and do not charge you any fees unless we successfully recover an award or settlement. For a free, no-obligation consultation, please fill out our online contact form or call us any time at 1-844-999-9999.