Slip-and-fall accidents can happen anywhere, but when they occur in a private home, things can get complicated for both the victim and the homeowner. This might occur at a birthday party where children run and play in a sprinkler in the yard, or maybe a cocktail party with several friends over a long weekend.
If you or someone you love suffers a serious slip-and-fall injury while in someone else’s home, you must consider your next steps carefully. Taking this matter casually could mean losing fair compensation for your injuries and losses, and may also sever your relationship to the homeowner.
It is wise to clearly understand the specifics of your injury and the causes of the accident before you build and file a personal injury claim. Seek reputable legal guidance and resources so that you can build a strong claim and navigate this difficult arena successfully.
Is the homeowner liable for your injury?
If you suffer an injury after slipping and falling, and if that injury requires medical treatment or causes you to lose income because you cannot work, then you should at least consider filing a personal injury claim. After all, you suffered an injury and that injury incurred expenses: Someone should take responsibility for those expenses.
However, just because you suffered an injury in someone else’s home does not mean that they are legally responsible for it. Liability generally applies to a host when they know of a hazard that can cause injury, or reasonably could know about it, and do not address the hazard or warn guests of the potential danger.
If, for instance, the host has just waxed the floors of their living room, then it is reasonable that they should inform their guests of the freshly waxed floors. If they do not, and a guest slips and hurts themselves, the host may face liability.
Should the host properly inform all the guests of potential danger and take measures to minimize the possibility that anyone will hurt themselves, then they may not face full or even partial liability. The law tends to leave room for individuals to make mistakes in judgment.
Get the help that you need now
If you have injuries from a slip-and-fall accident that occurred in a private residence, you should consider all your legal options and act quickly. With a strong legal strategy, you can pursue full, fair compensation and have a clear understanding of how to protect your rights and priorities while you recover.