If you or your loved one suffered serious injuries in a slip and fall accident on property owned by another person or business, you might be eligible to take legal action under Washington, D.C.’s premises liability law. Premises liability law requires property owners and managers to maintain their premises and ensure the safety of their guests when visiting those premises.
The experienced slip and fall accident attorneys at Lightfoot Law, PLLC, can review your accident claim and advise you of any legal options you may have and whether you are eligible to receive compensation for your accident-related losses. At Lightfoot Law, PLLC, our slip, and fall accident attorneys are committed to:
- Communicating clearly with our clients;
- Providing responsive and engaging client services; and
- Taking the time to understand client concerns and case goals.
Contact Lightfoot Law, PLLC’s, Washington, D.C., office today and schedule your complimentary consultation. Our attorneys look forward to answering your questions and addressing your concerns regarding your slip and fall claim.
Our Washington, D.C., Slip and Fall Attorneys Can Help
When a slip, trip, or fall requires medical attention and renders you unable to work, a personal injury lawyer may be able to help you obtain compensation for your lost wages and medical expenses. The attorneys at Lightfoot Law, PLLC in Washington, D.C., have years of experience handling premises liability lawsuits in the courts of the District of Columbia and Maryland. We understand the differences that factor into accidents on residential property versus commercial property, and we know the ways that defendants’ attorneys try to avoid responsibility for paying your claims.
At Lightfoot Law, PLLC, our legal team will develop a strategic, individualized approach in pursuit of the best possible outcome for your case. Building your trial-ready case may include doing any of the following and more on your behalf:
- Investigating the circumstances of your accident;
- Gather all relevant evidence;
- Identifying all liable parties for your injuries;
- Consulting with needed accident and injury experts;
- Valuing your injury claim;
- Negotiating a fair settlement with the insurance company; or
- Representing you at trial if a settlement is unreachable.
Contact Lightfoot Law, PLLC, now at (202) 919-6463 or contact us online to learn more about the slip and fall claim-building process and our many client services.
Causes of Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents in Washington, D.C.
Slips, trips and falls can happen anywhere. Potholes, puddles, and ice can turn parking lots, sidewalks, and driveways into hazardous places. Restaurants, shopping malls, supermarkets, schools and playgrounds all have their own distinct types of risk areas.
Some common causes of slip and fall injuries include:
- Wet floors. Slipping on a wet surface may cause you to fall on your back or on one of your hands or limbs as you try to break the impact. Either can cause injury;
- Poor building maintenance. Inadequate lighting and uneven steps are two of the most common building maintenance issues that can lead to trips and falls down stairs. Malfunctioning escalators also cause slip and fall injuries;
- Loose fixtures. Leaning your weight on a handrail that isn’t properly fixed in place can cause you to go down hard. Loose fixture issues contribute to many slip and fall accidents; and
- Dangerous property conditions. Homeowners and business owners may neglect their duty of care and endanger visitors in various ways, such as allowing debris or other obstructive materials to collect in central passageways.
What is Contributory Negligence?
After any type of slip and fall injury, a victim must prove they are entitled to compensation. Both Washington, D.C. and Maryland use the rule of contributory negligence to determine who is liable for the costs of a personal injury claim.
Under the contributory negligence system, if the injured person bears any responsibility for the slip, trip or fall, he or she will be unable to seek compensation from any other party that contributed to the accident. This is true even if a property owner is almost entirely responsible for the conditions that caused the accident while the injured person made a minor error in judgment that contributed to his or her injuries.
Therefore, to hold another person or business accountable for the costs of your injuries in a D.C. personal injury lawsuit, the victim must be able to show that the other party’s negligence directly contributed to the cause of your accident and that the victim him or herself bears no responsibility.
Compensation for a Slip, Trip, or Fall Accident
A victim who can prove there was no negligence on their part and they are entitled to damages for their slip, trip, or fall accident injuries, may receive compensation for both their economic and non-economic accident-related losses. The amount of damages a victim receives is determined on a case by case basis according to the type and severity of the injuries, the prognosis for recovery, and the overall impact of the accident on the victim’s life.
Economic damages in a slip, trip, or fall claim are monies paid to reimburse a victim for expenses they have incurred or pay for accident-related expenses they will incur in the future. These damages have set or approximate dollar amounts and typically include the following types of losses:
- Medical bills, both present and future;
- Lost wages;
- Loss of earning potential;
- Rehabilitative care costs; and
- Funeral and burial expenses, if a slip and fall accident is fatal.
Non-economic damages are damages without a set dollar value. These are subjective losses and include, but are not limited to the following:
- Loss of enjoyment of life;
- Pain and suffering;
- Disfigurement and scarring; and
- Loss of consortium.
Statute of Limitations for Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents
In order to receive damages in a slip, trip, or fall accident claim, a victim must meet Washington, D.C.’s strict statute of limitations for filing an accident claim. This is a three-year deadline for filing a personal injury lawsuit in the District of Columbia. After three years, a victim is barred from any recovery for their accident-related losses; though this may seem like a long time, the sooner a victim explores their legal options after an injury, the better.
There are several reasons behind statutes of limitations in a slip, trip, or fall case. These include:
- Evidence is more readily available right after a slip, trip, and fall accident, before a property owner has time to alter or clean up the scene of the accident;
- Surveillance footage and witness memories are also more likely to be preserved closer to the time of the accident; and
- Consulting an attorney promptly will allow a victim’s legal team to seek out evidence and conduct investigations right away increasing their chances of a successful legal claim.
Contact an Experienced Washington, D.C. Slip and Fall Attorney Today
If you’ve suffered a slip and fall accident contact Lightfoot Law, PLLC, right away. Our slip, trip, and fall attorneys can advocate for your right to compensation. We also represent people who trip and fall in ladder and scaffolding accidents and other construction site accidents.
Located in Washington, D.C., the law firm of Lightfoot Law, PLLC vigorously represents slip, trip, and fall accident victims hurt on premises in the District of Columbia and Maryland. To schedule your free initial consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys, call our office at (202) 919-6463 or contact us online.