Did you experience a slip and fall accident in Washington D.C.? Contact Malloy Law Offices, LLC today!
20% of slip and fall accidents caused broken bones in the United States. Another big proportion ends in severe head injuries when slipping or tripping on someone else’s unsafe property. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, slip and falls account for over 1 million visits to the emergency room or 12% of total falls. Additionally, fractures are the most serious consequence of falls and occur in 5% of all people who fall. Slip and falls are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims and are also the leading cause of occupational injury for those whore aged 55 and older.
For those who legally present on the property, property owners have a reasonable duty of care to keep them safe from harm. This duty requires them to regularly inspect their property and eliminate any hazards that might occur. Property owners are also required to repair any dangerous conditions that they know or should know within a reasonable time frame. Once they are aware of these situations, they need to take reasonable precautions to keep others safe and warn them from any danger. In addition, this would include posting caution tape or any warning signs. On the other hand, if any individuals are not legally on the property, such as trespassers, then the legal duty of care of the property owner decreases significantly.
In Washington D.C, the statute of limitations, which requires that a lawsuit for personal injury or damage to property be filed, is three years. The three-year “clock” starts running on the date of the accident. However, there are rare circumstances where the clock my come to a pause or toll. It is best to consult with a personal injury attorney in Washington D.C. to guide you through these situations. Lastly, Washington D.C. follows a contributory negligence rule which is not so plaintiff-friendly. This rule states that if that plaintiff is contributes to any amount of fault for the accident, even at 1%, then they can’t recover any compensation at all.
Here at Malloy Law Offices, LLC we see these cases everyday. Our attorneys understand the frustrations that our clients go through when these unexpected events occur. Let us help you get back on your feet. If you would like to see how our lawyers handle these case, click here to view more. Lastly, call (888) 607-8690 for a free consultation.