Warning Sign Of Wet FloorDo I Have A Slip And Fall Claim?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, unintentional falls are the #1 cause of nonfatal injuries in the United States.  These types of incidents can account for over 8 million injuries in each year.  The chances are good that you, or someone you know, will have an unintentional fall.  If you or a loved one has been involved in a slip and fall here are a couple things to keep in mind.

Property owners have a duty to keep their property safe.  If there are areas within the property that are potentially hazardous then the property owner has a duty to warn invitees of these dangers. The property owner has no duty to undiscovered trespassers on their property.

When filing a slip and fall claim you must prove that the property owner was negligent.  You can do so by showing:

  • The owner had a duty to warn
  • The owner failed to carry out their duty to warn
  • This failure resulted in you suffering an injury
  • You suffered damages as a result of the injury

Keep in mind that North Carolina is a pure contributory negligence state, meaning that if your own negligence contributed to an accident then you are not eligible for any recovery.  Also, the statute of limitations on a slip and fall claim is 3 years.  Once that time has elapsed you are no longer eligible to bring a claim against the owner.

If you feel that you have been injured as a result of another’s negligence please give Campbell & Associates a call to set up a free consultation. With convenient office locations in Charlotte, Gastonia, Hickory and Rock Hill, SC we’re just a short distance from helping you get back on your feet. Can’t make it in, or just want a free consultation, call our experienced intake team to discuss your case details at 704-333-0885 today.

Written by: Travis Blackwell, Intake Specialist, Campbell & Associates, Attorneys at Law