Slip and fall accidents are incredibly common, affecting thousands of people across the United States every year. Although they are often thought of as less-serious incidents, slip and falls can actually result in catastrophic injuries and, in the most tragic of cases, fatalities.
If you were injured or if someone you love died due to injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident, Steele Adams Hosman can help. Based in Salt Lake City, we represent clients throughout Utah who have suffered significant harm as a result of others’ negligence. Our attorneys can help you work to hold the liable property owner accountable and fight for the justice you deserve.
Slip and fall accidents are responsible for serious injuries which can have lasting implications for victims and their families. In fact, falls are among the leading causes of very severe injuries each year.
Common injuries resulting from slips, trips, and falls include:
Victims often require immediate medical attention and ongoing care. They may be unable to return to work for days, weeks, or even months. In very severe cases, victims may be left with permanent disabilities, impairments, or disfigurement, causing significant challenges in their lives.
At Steele Adams Hosman, we recognize just how life-altering these accidents can be. Our Salt Lake City slip and fall lawyers fight for maximum compensation for our clients so that they can handle costly medical bills, manage everyday expenses while out of work, and begin to navigate the healing process. We leave no stone unturned when it comes to maximizing our clients’ recoveries and are always ready to represent you in the courtroom.
Despite the common misconception that slip and fall accidents are the result of the victim’s own clumsiness or negligence, the fact is that most of these incidents occur as a result of dangerous property conditions. Under Utah premises liability law, both public and private property owners are required to adequately maintain their properties, as well as remove, repair, or warn visitors of any hazards or dangerous conditions. When they fail to uphold this duty of care, and innocent people are injured, property owners can be held legally liable.
Some examples of “dangerous property conditions” that may lead to a slip, trip, and/or fall accident include:
If you slipped and fell due to dangerous conditions on someone else’s property, it is important that you reach out to an experienced personal injury lawyer who can help you understand your legal rights and options. At Steele Adams Hosman, we offer free initial consultations to all potential clients. During this consultation, we can review the details of your situation and determine whether you have grounds for a slip and fall case.
Because Utah follows a modified comparative negligence rule, your recovery could be negatively affected if you are found to have partially caused the accident. If the court finds you more at fault than the other party (i.e., 50% or more to blame), you may not file a claim. If you are found to be less than 50% at fault, however, you can still seek compensation for your damages. However, the total amount you can recover will be reduced by your percentage of fault.
For example, if the court finds that you were 25% at fault for the slip and fall that left you injured, and your total damages amounted to $10,000, you would only be able to recover up to 75% of that amount, or $7,500. Often, insurance companies will try to use this rule to reduce payouts. The insurance adjuster may argue that you were partly at fault and, therefore, they do not have to pay the full amount you are seeking. We strongly encourage you to reach out to our team at Steele Adams Hosman for help with your claim. Our attorneys can work with the insurance company on your behalf so that you can focus on what matters most: healing.
If you were injured in a slip, trip, or fall accident in Utah, it is important that you take legal action quickly, as your time to file a lawsuit is limited. The statute of limitations on these cases in Utah is just four years from the date of injury. There are very few exceptions; in most cases, if you fail to file a lawsuit within four years, you will lose your right to recover compensation for your damages.
At Steele Adams Hosman, our Salt Lake City slip and fall lawyers are here to answer your questions and provide the personalized guidance you need to move forward. We are compassionate when it comes to helping our clients navigate the legal system and aggressive when it comes to fighting for the full, fair compensation they are owed.
At Steele Adams Hosman, we are committed to getting you the compensation you deserve after an injury. Call our team today for a free consultation with one of our attorneys. There is no fee unless we win your case!
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