Everyone’s done it. That embarrassing moment when you’re in a restaurant walking in front of a group of people and suddenly your foot slips out from under you and your face decides to greet the floor. It can happen to the best of us. Old, young, rich, poor… And it can happen anywhere, any day, and at any time.
The National Floor Safety Institute provides some startling and surprising facts about slipping, tripping, and falling:
What usually runs through our minds in those mortifying moments when we’ve just fallen and hit the floor? Who saw that? What did I slip on? How did that happen? These are the questions that first pop into our head, and upon closer inspection of our surroundings and our own physical well-being in that moment, the more serious questions start to arise. Am I hurt? Can I get up? Where’s the manager? And if you realize you’ve actually sustained some form of personal injury, what could be the most relevant and important question in the whole scenario emerges. Should I sue?
The general law in Rhode Island is that an owner has the duty to protect individuals on the premises against any risk from dangerous conditions by using reasonable care to properly maintain the establishment. In order to file a lawsuit and have a proper claim, an owner must have known about the dangerous condition and failed to rectify the situation. In addition, sufficient evidence must be presented that the owner did, in fact, neglect to correct the problem.
When we fall, we get embarrassed. It’s often our own pride that gets bruised and not our bodies. Suing is an avenue that can provide welcome relief from situations such as unexpected medical bills and loss of income due to time away from work. The law provides protection and compensation to those who have suffered due to negligence. But before deciding to sue, consult the proper channels to determine if your slip was just a trip, or if your spill constitutes legal action and restitution.
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