Council Bluffs Slip & Fall Accident Attorney
We Represent Victims in Iowa & Nebraska
Anyone who has seriously injured themselves in a fall knows how harmful these accidents can be. The damage from a fall can cause broken bones, head injuries, bruises, and other serious injuries. While your first instinct might be to blame yourself for falling, if you were injured on someone else’s property then they may be held liable for the damages.
When you are invited to someone’s property, either explicitly or implicitly, you are entitled to a reasonable expectation that the area will be safe. Slipping and falling rarely just “happens.” Usually, some sort of obstruction is responsible for the injury. If a property owner failed to remove or warn you of this danger, then they should compensate you for your injuries.
Call our injury attorney in Council Bluffs at (712) 481-9066 if you were injured in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property.
How Does a Slip & Fall Case Work?
A slip and fall case is a type of premises liability claim, meaning you can bring a claim against the owner of the premises on which you slipped and fell. In order to do so, you will need to prove that the property owner owed you a duty of care, that he or she failed to uphold that duty of care, and that you were injured and suffered measurable damages as a result. Typically, proving each of these elements is critical to your case; if you are unable to prove even one of these, you may be barred from recovering compensation.
Below, we’ve gone over each of these elements in depth:
- Proving a Property Owner Owed You a Duty of Care: This means that the property owner had a legal responsibility to ensure your safety—within reason. Generally speaking, commercial property owners, such as retail store owners or restaurant owners, are presumed to owe a duty of care to the public. Likewise, private property owners owe a duty of care to visitors, guests, and anyone else who is lawfully on the property. When a person is trespassing, the property owner does not typically owe a duty of care to that person in either Iowa or Nebraska; however, property owners could be held liable for intentionally harming a trespasser or if the person trespassing is under the age of 18.
- The Property Owner Failed to Uphold the Duty of Care: This means that the property owner did not take reasonable steps to ensure your safety. In the vast majority of slip and fall cases, this means that the property owner (or another liable party) failed to conduct adequate property maintenance or failed to repair or warn of a dangerous condition that could cause foreseeable harm. Examples of “dangerous conditions” that could lead to a slip, trip, and fall accident include slippery/wet floors, uneven floors or torn carpeting, cluttered aisles and walkways, defective stairs, exposed cords and wiring, accumulated ice/snow, and potholes, among many others.
- You Were Injured and Suffered Measurable Damages: This element is about proving causality between the property owner’s negligence and your damages. In other words, you must prove that you were injured and/or suffered harm as a direct result of the property owner’s failure to uphold the duty of care. “Measurable damages” means that your losses can be measured, but it does not necessarily mean that they must have a price tag. You can seek compensation for both economic damages, such as medical bills and lost wages, and intangible losses, such as pain and suffering.
It’s important that you work with an experienced slip and fall lawyer, like those at Law Offices of Gallner & Pattermann, P.C., as these cases can be fairly complicated. If you were injured after slipping, tripping, or falling on someone else’s property and you believe the property owner is liable, reach out to our attorneys to learn how we can help.
We Handle All Types of Fall Accidents
The team at Law Offices of Gallner & Pattermann, P.C. represents clients injured in slip and fall accidents and other property-related accidents, including those that involve:
- Falls in retail stores or public places due to things like a spill on the floor, a turned up rug, or an uneven sidewalk
- Falls caused by negligent conditions on private property, including crumbling steps, icy steps or sidewalks, or rotted decks, porches, or balconies
- Injuries caused by merchandise falling from shelves
- Inadequate lighting or security in parking lots and buildings
If the property owner's negligence caused or contributed to an accident that left you seriously injured, it is important to speak to an attorney about your legal rights and options. During a free initial consultation, we will carefully listen as you explain what happened to you. After we hear how you have been injured, we will explain how we can help.
Call (712) 481-9066 to Schedule Your Free Consultation
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, please contact us to arrange a free initial consultation. From offices in Council Bluffs, our team represents victims of slip and fall accidents in southwest Iowa and southeast Nebraska.
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