How long do you have to file a slip & fall claim?
A slip and fall injury may lead to something as minor as a bruise, but many times those types of injuries can be serious resulting to lifelong medical problems. Slip and fall accidents are one of the leading causes of injuries in the U.S. In the chance you are injured in a slip and fall incident you should know whether you have a claim and how long do you have to file a slip and fall claim.
While not every state is the same when it comes to statute of limitations in a slip and fall claim, in Mississippi you have 3 years to file a slip and fall claim. There are a few exceptions to this rule, public entities like state and county slip and falls are 1 year in Mississippi. This also includes other personal injury claims such as car wrecks. So, after a slip and fall injury it’s important to speak to a premises liability lawyer ASAP.
In order for you to have a slip and fall claim you must prove negligence by either an employee, a manager, or the business owner. A premises liability attorney will have to prove that the owner or employee knew of the danger such as wet surface, poor lighting, or other hazard on the property and failed to fix it or properly warn others.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Incidents
- Wet Floors
Water or other liquid spilled on the floor either by accident or negligence may cause someone to slip and fall which can severely injure themselves. Employees, management, and employees have an obligation to clean up spills like this that can be a hazard to others.
- Unmarked Hazards
Hazards such as holes, slopes or steps in the floor, or other dangerous hazards must be clearly marked to prevent others from falling and injuring themselves. Failure to do so is considered negligence.
- Poor Lighting
A business must properly illuminate their property and other hazards to prevent others from injuring themselves. Failure to properly illuminate can be seen as negligence.
- Broken Railings
Broken stair railings can lead to someone falling and seriously injuring themselves. In order to prevent this from happening businesses must make sure all railings are properly secured.
These common causes if slip and fall injuries are just a few of the ways someone might fall to serious injury. It is extremely important that employees, managers, and business owners take care of their property from any preventable harm. Failure to do so can be seen as negligent leading to an injury claim.
A slip and fall injury can leave you and your family feeling helpless. A severe injury can prevent you from working leaving you and your family with no financial support. When you hire an experienced personal injury attorney you give yourself the best chance at recovering maximum compensation for your injuries.
At Chhabra & Gibbs P.A. our team of attorneys and support staff are determined to get each of our client’s maximum compensation. We have over 130 years of combined experience and have recovered millions for our clients. We handle all types of personal injury claims from slip and falls, to car wrecks, and workers comp claims, and more. We offer a FREE consultation, so contact us at 601-948-8005. We are available 24/7 to help!