The holiday season is full of fun and festive celebrations. There are holiday parties, family visits, vacations, and more, but all of these things leave significant risk for a possible injury. The light-hearted nature of the holidays means people tend to let their guard down, and thus makes them more susceptible to sustaining a potentially serious injury from an accident.
Common Causes of Holiday Slip & Fall Injuries
Whatever your choice of holiday activity entails, your risk of a slip and fall could go up. Holiday shopping is one easy way to slip and possibly injure yourself. The winter months of December, January, and February frequently means cold temperatures and precipitation, which results in slippery store floors and sidewalks. Has a store failed keep their floors dry? If not, you could slip, fall, and become injured. Same can be said for an icy sidewalk.
Planning on visiting family? It’s easy to slip on a spilled drink or fall down a set of stairs when you fail to notice a bump sticking up in the floor. These things may seem like harmless accidents, but the reality is that an injury could lead to substantial medical bills and continual treatment for pain, possibly lasting for years after at the cost of thousands of dollars.
When an owner invites someone onto their property, they are required by law to afford them a particular level of care and guarantee of safety. When a feature of their property results in an injury to their guest, they are held liable. This is what is known as the Premises Liability doctrine. This doctrine also means the property owner could be held liable for your pain and suffering, emotional distress, lost wages, and many other damages.
Are You Eligible to Receive Compensation?
It may seem awkward to ask your holiday host for help with your medical bills, but when the expenses continue to add up, you may not be able to pay for them all on your own. In this instance, you may wish to file a suit in court. An attorney will be able to work with you and determine if your case makes you eligible to receive compensation. The statute of limitations for slip-and-fall injuries is two years from the date of the accident, after which case the judge will most likely toss out your case without hearing it.
If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, don’t hesitate to contact a Charleston personal injury attorney as soon as possible. With over 40 years of combined experience, Berthold Law Firm, PLLC has the knowledge you need in your corner to put the law on your side. Our long record of successful cases and industry accolades serve as a testament to our dedication to our clients and their well-being.Injured in a slip-and-fall accident? Call Berthold Law Firm today at 304.605.2040 to schedule your free initial consultation!