Generally, property conditions change over time. However, construction sites quickly change as construction progresses. For example, a portion of a sidewalk may be removed, and therefore, create a hole. This hole presents a substantial risk of harm to pedestrians. After the hole is filled and the sidewalk is paved, the sidewalk may be wet and slippery, which poses another risk of a fall. As such, routine inspections of the site and roping off unsafe objects or areas are necessary.
However, the insurance company’s lawyer may argue that your own negligence caused or contributed to your fall and injuries, and therefore, you should be partially or fully liable for your injuries and damages. For example, they may argue that the dangerous condition was “open and obvious” to a reasonable person, and that a reasonable person would have avoided the condition. This is why it is important to hire an experienced slip and fall attorney, who will conduct a thorough investigation.
Slip and falls at construction sites often result in significant injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, bone fractures, and spinal cord injuries. Victims of these slip and falls are entitled to compensations for their injuries. If you are injured in a slip and fall, you may recover compensation for the following:
Generally, lawsuits must be filed in Court within the applicable statute of limitations. Slip and fall cases must be filed within two years from the date of injury. If the plaintiff fails to file his or her lawsuit within such period of time, his or her case will be dismissed by the Court. As such, you should immediately contact a slip and fall attorney after your injury occurs.