Who is Liable for a Slip and Fall Accident in Connecticut?

There are many people in the state of Connecticut who walk every day, whether it may be to get somewhere, as exercise, or leisure. While this is a simple activity that should never end in injury, it can happen if the grounds are hazardous. This may be the case if the owner of the property does not take care of the grounds, leading to serious injuries. If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, it is important to retain the services of an experienced Connecticut slip and fall attorney for assistance in recovering compensation.

What are Examples of Accidents?

Slip and fall accidents can occur in a variety of different locations in Connecticut. This can include sidewalks, streets, parking lots, etc. This may happen in the event of the following:

  • Hazardous sidewalks
  • Weather conditions (snow, ice, standing water)
  • Potholes, uneven pavement, cracked surfaces
  • Loose debris
  • Hazardous materials
  • Slippery substances

Who is Liable for an Accident?

In the state of Connecticut, property owners are legally required to maintain their grounds. This is so that others cannot become harmed due to hazardous conditions. This is required of private citizens, public stores, private companies, or municipal properties. It is important to note that property owners are also liable for the sidewalk that is adjacent to their property. This means they have to care for it as well, such as after inclement weather like snow or ice. Connecticut property owners have a window of time from the end of a snowfall to clean up and keep others safe. If a person is injured within that time, they may not have a case. If the injury occurs after the fact, the property owner may be held responsible. 

How do I Prove Negligence?

Injured parties can pursue legal action after a slip and fall accident to recover damages as coverage for any physical, emotional, and financial suffering. This can be done by filing a personal injury claim, requiring them to prove that negligence was the direct cause of their injuries. This is possible with evidence that shows the property owner knew about the hazardous conditions and failed to fix it. Evidence that can help a case can include medical documentation of the injuries, pictures of the hazard, any witnesses to the incident, and more.

Contact our Firm

Marc N. Needelman is an experienced attorney working throughout the state of Connecticut. If you need an attorney who is ready to fight for the financial compensation you deserve, please do not hesitate to contact us to set up a free initial consultation. Our firm deals with matters relating to real estate, personal injury, criminal defense, estate planning, and more.

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