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Hartford Slip and Fall Accident Attorneys

Awarded as the Best Law Firms 2023 & Best Lawyers by U.S.News 2023Falls are a common occurrence throughout Hartford and the rest of Connecticut, particularly during the winter. Many people slip and fall on snow and ice on sidewalks, and at any time of year, you can slip and fall on wet walkways, floors, and other surfaces in stores and restaurants. You can also trip and fall over an object in your path, whether on a sidewalk or inside a store. Although relatively common, slip and fall and trip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries to victims that can require extensive medical care and rehabilitation.

While some people think a fall is their fault, Connecticut law requires property owners, store owners, and landowners to keep walkways, sidewalks, and other common areas safe for pedestrian traffic. If a negligent property owner fails to maintain their property and you slip, trip, and fall, you could hold the property owner accountable for your injuries and obtain the compensation you need.

However, proving a property owner’s liability for your slip and fall injuries and getting compensation involves a complex process that requires the knowledge and skills of an experienced attorney.

The Hartford slip and fall accident lawyers at The Flood Law Firm LLC have decades of combined experience helping clients across Connecticut with their complex slip and fall injury claims and other legal issues. We will review your case, advise you of your options, and fight to get the maximum compensation you deserve.

Why Choose Us as Your Hartford Slip and Fall Accident Attorney

In 2012, brothers Brian and Chris Flood founded our law firm with a mission to deliver the highest level of representation to injured clients throughout Connecticut. Since that time, we have recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients, and we have received numerous top reviews and powerful testimonials from people we have had the pleasure to serve.

Other aspects to consider when deciding to work with us:

  • As a family-run practice, we will treat you as a member of our own family and provide you with the personalized attention your case deserves.
  • We foster open communication with our clients, and we will sit with you and discuss your needs and goals to devise the most effective strategy to help you get the results you seek.
  • We always make ourselves available to address your questions and concerns promptly, and we will provide regular updates on your case.
  • We hold ourselves accountable for offering superior client service, and you can rely on us to fight hard for you each step of the way to increase your chances for success.
  • Other attorneys frequently consult us or refer their most challenging cases to us. (If you’re a lawyer with a strong but difficult case, please call us to discuss co-counsel opportunities.)

Rated TOP 50 Super Lawyers in Connecticut areaOur fierce and tenacious litigators often settle cases for more money because insurance companies know our reputation in the courtroom. We have extensive resources that enable us to take on the largest insurance companies with a high rate of success.

Additionally, we offer free consultations, and our lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. You won’t pay us anything upfront to review your case and represent you, and we only accept a fee if we recover compensation for you.

As you recover from your serious slip and fall injuries, the last thing you need is to worry about how you will pay for your medical bills and cover your lost wages. You also don’t need the added stress of dealing with insurance companies to get the money you need.

The lawyers at The Flood Law Firm LLC are here for you to help you get everything you need to cover all your expenses and losses. We will handle all aspects of your Hartford slip and fall injury claim so you can focus on getting better. Contact today for a free review of your case.

What Are Some Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents in Hartford?

Slip and fall accidents can occur virtually anywhere throughout Hartford, and some of the most common causes include:

  • Wet or slippery floors. Among the most common causes of slip and fall accidents, wet or slippery floors can result from spills, rainwater, snow or ice, or even newly waxed or polished floors that have not yet dried properly.
  • Uneven or damaged flooring. Uneven or damaged flooring can cause people to trip and fall. This can include cracks in the pavement or sidewalk and loose tiles or carpet.
  • Poor lighting. Poor lighting can make it difficult for people to see potential hazards, which can increase the likelihood of a slip and fall accident.
  • Obstacles in walkways. Obstacles in walkways, such as loose cables or cords, can cause people to trip and fall.
  • Inadequate response to inclement weather. Snow, ice, and rain can create hazardous conditions that increase the risk of slip and fall accidents if property owners and their staff don’t clean it up properly.

When property owners or managers negligently maintain their property, such as by failing to clean up spills or address hazards in a timely manner, people can slip or trip and fall and sustain serious injuries.

What Are Common Slip and Fall Injuries?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 800,000 people across the U.S. sustain serious injuries in slip and fall accidents that require hospitalization.

Some common serious injuries that require extensive medical treatment include:

  • Head injuries
  • Hip fractures
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Back and spinal cord injuries
  • Neck and shoulder injuries
  • Sprains and muscle strains

Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer in Hartford, Connecticut areaOn average, more than 95 percent of hip injuries result from falls, particularly if the victim falls sideways, and elderly adults are more prone to falling and suffering hip fractures. Falls are also a major cause of head and traumatic brain injuries as well as broken arms and legs. Falls from heights, such as from ladders or scaffolding, are also common and can result in severe, life-threatening injuries.

No matter the reason for your fall, you shouldn’t have to bear the costs of treatment if the accident resulted from a property owner’s negligence. To find out if you can hold the property owner liable for your slip and fall accident injuries, consult an experienced premises liability attorney in Hartford immediately.

Where Do Slip and Fall Accidents Occur in Hartford?

Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere in Hartford, but here are some areas where they are more likely to occur:

  • Grocery stores and supermarkets. Wet or slippery floors, spills, and cluttered aisles can all contribute to slip and fall accidents in grocery stores and supermarkets. If you were shopping at CTown Supermarkets, the Walmart Supercenter, or any of the other markets throughout the city and slipped, tripped, and fell because of an unaddressed hazard, you may hold the establishment liable for your injuries.
  • Restaurants and cafes. Hartford has many top-notch restaurants and cafes, such as Peppercorn’s Grill, the Market Restaurant, and The Capital Grille, plus numerous franchises like McDonald’s, Subway, and Starbucks. Spilled drinks or food, wet floors, and poor lighting can make these restaurants and cafes dangerous for patrons.
  • Shopping centers. Shopping malls and other retail establishments often have shiny, polished floors that become slippery when wet. Shoppers could slip and fall inside a store at the Prospect Plaza Shopping Center, Charter Oak Marketplace, or any other retail store in Hartford and suffer serious injuries.
  • Sidewalks and parking lots. Uneven pavement, cracks, and potholes can make walking on sidewalks and parking lots hazardous.
  • Workplaces. Slip and fall accidents are common in workplaces, especially in industries that require a lot of walking or standing. This can include factories, warehouses, and construction sites.
  • Residential properties. Slip and fall accidents can happen in residential properties due to wet or icy walkways, cluttered hallways, or other hazards.

All commercial and residential property owners in Hartford must keep their premises safe for pedestrians. If property owners can’t clean up a hazard right away or mitigate the danger that would cause a person to slip, trip, or fall, they should place signs or barriers around the area to warn pedestrians of the danger. If a property owner fails to either clear the hazard or place warning signs, they could bear liability for any injuries others sustain while on the property.

Is a Property Owner Liable for a Trespasser’s Injuries?

Connecticut law rarely holds property owners liable for injuries a trespasser sustains on their premises since the property owner likely does not know about the trespasser’s presence. Property owners do not owe a trespasser a duty of care to keep their premises safe or warn the trespasser of any hazards or dangerous conditions on the property. However, a property owner may not lay traps or intentionally harm a trespasser, and when they discover the trespasser’s presence, the owner must take reasonable measures to ensure the person’s safety while on the property.

This legal principle applies only to adult trespassers. Property owners may bear liability for injuries to children on their property, whether the child trespassed or not.

How Do I Prove Negligence in a Slip and Fall Accident?

To prove negligence in a slip and fall accident in Connecticut, you generally need to establish: 

  1. Duty: The property owner had a duty to maintain the property to keep the premises safe for visitors.
  2. Breach: The property owner breached their duty by failing to address a hazard, such as a wet floor, loose railing, or other dangerous condition that caused the accident.
  3. Causation: The hazardous condition caused the slip and fall accident and your injuries.
  4. Damages: You suffered damages, such as medical bills, lost income, or pain and suffering, due to the slip and fall accident.

To prove negligence, you need a lawyer who can gather evidence to support your claim, including:

  • Photographs or videos of the hazardous condition, such as a wet floor or cracked pavement.
  • Eyewitness testimony from individuals who witnessed the accident or knew of the hazardous condition.
  • Medical records and bills documenting any injuries you sustained in the accident.
  • Police or accident reports or other documentation of the accident.
  • Any other relevant documentation and evidence, such as repair records or maintenance logs.

Consult our experienced personal injury attorneys in Hartford to discuss your case and develop a strategy for proving negligence and obtaining fair compensation for your injuries.

What Compensation Can I Get for My Slip and Fall Injuries?

The types of compensation you can recover for your slip and fall injuries and how much you can get will depend on the severity of your injuries, the nature of the accident, and other factors.

Some of the most common compensation that you may recover include:

  • Medical expenses. This includes compensation for past, present, and future medical expenses related to your slip and fall injuries, such as hospital bills, medication costs, and rehabilitation expenses.
  • Lost income. If your slip and fall injuries caused you to miss work or caused a decrease in your earning capacity, you may recover compensation for lost income or diminished earning capacity.
  • Pain and suffering. You may recover compensation for the physical pain and emotional suffering you have experienced because of your injuries.
  • Disability or disfigurement. If your slip and fall injuries caused a permanent disability or disfigurement, you may recover compensation for the impact these injuries had on your life.
  • Punitive damages. In some cases, you may recover punitive damages, which punish the at-fault party for their misconduct. Typically, courts only award punitive damages in cases of egregious negligence, intentional harm, wanton recklessness, or unlawfulness.

You deserve to get everything you need to cover all aspects of your injury and the impact it has on your life and will continue to have on your future. An experienced Hartford slip and fall attorney at The Flood Law Firm can determine the types and amounts of compensation you can pursue and work diligently to help you get the maximum financial recovery possible.

How Do I Obtain Compensation for My Slip and Fall Injuries?

To obtain compensation for your slip and fall injuries in Hartford:

  1. Get medical treatment. Make your first priority after a slip and fall accident to get medical attention. Even if you do not think your injuries are serious, get checked out by a medical professional to rule out any underlying issues. Some injuries, such as head, brain, and soft-tissue injuries, take time to show symptoms, and your doctor may need to order imaging tests and other procedures to correctly diagnose you.
  2. Document the incident. Document the incident as thoroughly as possible. Take photographs or videos of the hazardous condition that caused your fall, gather contact information for any witnesses, and report the incident to the property owner or manager.
  3. Contact an attorney. You also need to consult an experienced personal injury attorney in Hartford who can help you evaluate your case and determine the appropriate course of action. Your attorney can advise you on how to file a claim and negotiate with insurance companies or other parties involved.
  4. File a claim. Since the property owner’s insurance will likely cover your injuries, our attorneys can file a claim with their insurance company and deal with all the paperwork for you.
  5. Negotiate a settlement. Our attorneys can negotiate a settlement with the insurance company or the at-fault party’s legal counsel. If you cannot reach a settlement, our attorneys can prepare your case for trial.
  6. File a lawsuit. If insurance doesn’t cover your injuries or settlement negotiations prove futile, our attorneys can file a lawsuit against the at-fault party in court. In some cases, filing a lawsuit sends a message to an unresponsive or stubborn insurance company that you have a strong case. They may take your case more seriously and then want to settle to avoid going to court.

Connecticut allows you only two years after your injury to file a lawsuit in civil court. If you miss the deadline, you will have no legal recourse to obtain compensation. Therefore, you need to work with an attorney right away to prepare your claim and start building as strong a case as possible.

Contact an Experienced Hartford Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer Today

Brian M. Flood - Attorney for Slip and Fall Accident Cases near Hartford CT area

Brian Flood, Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer in Hartford

If you suffered serious injuries from a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, you can turn to the Hartford personal injury attorney at The Flood Law Firm for help. We will review your case for free and advise you of your rights and options for obtaining the compensation you need.

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