When a person is injured because they tripped or slipped and fell on someone else’s property, a slip and fall lawyer Appleton, WI relies on from Hickey & Turim, SC knows that property owners in Wisconsin should be acting with a duty of care toward others. This means that when someone owns a piece of property and they know that others will come to that property (whether it is a technician, a friend, or a customer) they must make that property safe for people. If there is an area on the property that is not safe for visitors, it must be sectioned off or have warning signs that the area is unsafe. If you slipped and fell on someone else’s property, do not hesitate to speak with one of our attorneys.
What is Wisconsin’s Safe Place Law?
Wisconsin has what is known as the “Safe Place Law.” This means that employers and property owners are held to a higher standard when it comes to keeping their property safe because their property is open to the public, either for guests or employees of the building. While a successful slip and fall case will require there to be an element of negligence, the Safe Place Law requires it to go a step further. An Appleton, Wisconsin slip and fall lawyer will need to show that the property owner or employer did not do everything it reasonably could to keep visitors and employees safe from harm while on that property.
What if the property owner is saying I should have seen the dangerous condition?
This is one of the first lines of defense that many property owners will use when someone brings a slip and fall claim forward. In some instances, if the danger is so obvious, a property owner may not have warning signs to point to it because they believe people will not be able to miss the obvious danger and will simply choose an alternate route for safety. Your attorney will work to argue against this and show that the property owner still should have blocked off the danger if they had the time to do so and provided a different route for visitors on their property.
If you have been in a slip and fall accident, you should document the scene of the accident and make sure you write down any necessary details. Report your fall to the property owner and seek medical attention as quickly as possible. Once you have done this, reach out to a trusted Appleton, Wisconsin slip and fall lawyer from Hickey & Turim, SC.