You may feel embarrassed if you injured yourself in a slip and fall accident at a friend’s or family member’s home. The last thing you may want to do is sue them. While that is understandable, you will need compensation for your lost wages, medical bills, and more while you heal from your injuries. Chances are that your fall was caused by their negligence, so you should not feel guilty about pursing your legal options. Fortunately, they should have homeowner’s insurance that will pay you the compensation you deserve.
Common Ways a Homeowner’s Negligence Could Have Caused Your Slip and Fall
Some falls at people’s residences are just accidents that were not caused by the homeowner’s negligence. For example, if you tripped on your dress or stumbled for no reason and fell, it would not be the homeowner’s fault. However, if he allowed an unreasonably unsafe condition to exist on his property, he would be negligent and responsible for compensating you.
Most slip and fall accidents that occur at a person’s residence happen on stairs, carpets or other flooring, sidewalks, and snow and ice. Reasons a homeowner’s negligence could have caused your fall include:
- A substance or object was left on the stairs.
- There are no handrails on stairways or they are poorly designed or broken.
- The risers—the height of each step—are the wrong height or the height of individual steps varies.
- The steps are too shallow.
- Any carpet or rugs on stairways are poorly placed.
- Area rugs do not have proper grip pads underneath them.
- Carpets are torn, worn, or frayed.
- Floors are slippery from being washed or waxed or are cracked or chipped.
- Driveways and sidewalks are slippery due to snow and ice.
- Sidewalks, paths, and driveways have cracks and potholes.
If you or a family member had a slip-and-fall accident at a friend’s or family member’s home, do not let your embarrassment or desire not to pursue a claim against them stop you from getting the compensation you need and deserve. Call our experienced and compassionate legal team at 866-299-0558 to schedule a free consultation to learn how we can assist you.