According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than three million Americans, including many in Montana, are treated in emergency departments each year for slip and fall injuries. While falls are particularly common among the elderly, no age group is immune. As any knowledgeable Billings slip and fall attorney will tell you, too many of these falls are caused by hazards on someone’s property. No two falls are identical but, in general, if one can show that the property owner negligently maintained the property or failed to warn of hidden hazards, the property owner can be found liable to the fall victim for monetary damages.
Common Types of Slip and Fall Injuries in Montana
Falls can result in a host of different injuries, including
- Broken legs
- Cracked hips
- Injuries to the back or spinal cord
- Even traumatic brain injuries.
To Recover Damages for Slip and Fall Injury, You Must Establish That the Property Owner Was At Fault
Recovery of damages resulting from a slip and fall isn’t automatic in Montana. Generally, one must establish that the property owner was negligent or otherwise at fault. In most situations, fault is shown in one of two ways:
- Establishing that the property owner failed to maintain the property in a reasonably safe condition
- Establishing that even if the property was maintained, the property owner failed to warn of dangers to those visiting or using the property
Recovery for Slip and Fall Injuries Usually Requires a Skilled Billings Slip and Fall Attorney
The issues in slip and fall claims differ somewhat from those in other types of personal injury cases, but the damage from a fall on property can be as serious — sometimes even more serious — than a typical auto accident. When it comes to moving forward with slip and falls claims, experienced legal counsel is important; it’s often vital. It often requires the gathering and preservation of important evidence. It typically requires skilled negotiation, patience, and resilience. If you (or a family member) have been involved in a slip and fall accident, particularly if you sustained physical injury, you owe yourself (and your family) an obligation: the obligation to recover your full measure of damages in order that you can move beyond the tragedy. The time to secure your damages may be limited. Contact an experienced Billings slip and fall attorney at Ragain & Clark, PC today to discuss your legal options.