Most of us don’t think twice about using the parking lot or sidewalks. After all, we do not expect to find hazards around these places. However, parking lots are not exempt from hazards. In fact, they can be quite dangerous resulting in slip and fall injuries.
A property owner is expected to provide proper security, not just for the interior but also the exterior of the property including the parking lot. If the owner fails to provide adequate protection against falls and other hazards within and around the building, the negligent owner is liable for the personal injuries incurred within his/her property.
Common reasons for fall in parking lot
Individuals can sustain injuries in parking lots due to various reasons, some of which include:
- Ice, snow or sleet
- Spillage of liquid like oil
- Broken or loose pavements
- Insufficient lighting
- Obstacles like broken wheel stops or equipment
- Confusing or insufficient signage
Some of these hazardous obstacles can easily be remedied. For instance, the snow/ice can be cleared promptly, the spillage cleaned up, debris and equipment removed as soon as possible. If the property owner fails to remove these obstacles, he/she is considered negligent.
In addition, if the property owner fails to provide adequate and comprehensible warning signs regarding the not-so-easy-to-remove obstacles like potholes and loose paving stones, then those are signs of negligence and irresponsibility for which he/she can be sued for. These hazards must be corrected within a reasonable time. Any fall or injury resulting from negligent acts on the parking lot can render the property owner liable for any injury.
Fall in parking lots can result in:
- Broken bones
- Laceration and cuts
- Brain injury
- Back and spinal cord injuries
When the injury is serious or resulted in death, the issue becomes more complicated. Treatment for traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury can get quite expensive. The loss of a loved one as a result of fall in parking lot can result in loss of source of income.
Why you need a personal injury lawyer for parking lot fall suits
It can get complicated very quickly. There are certain factors you need to prove before you can be granted compensation.
- The plaintiff had a right to be on the property
- There was a hazard on the premises
- There was reasonable time for the property owner to have repaired, removed or warned patrons and visitors of the hazard but failed to do so.
- The hazard was the cause of the injury.
An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to ask all the pertinent questions, obtain the necessary facts that are required to get you the right compensation and deserved justice.
After the investigations, armed with the right facts, your lawyer can prove that the property owner was indeed responsible for the fall and the consequent injury. The compensation can cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and other losses resulting from the parking lot fall injury.
It is also important that the negligent property owner is help accountable to avoid future accidents and serve as deterrent to other property owners.