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Slip And Fall On Ice – Expert Advice

May 15, 2009

The following is an expert answer given by Slip And Fall Case Lawyer, Joseph M. Maus, and taken from AllExperts.com, a free Q & A service on the internet:

Subject: Slipped on ice breaking ankle

Question: I am in Wisconsin and there was a winter storm.I was walking into Best Buy and slipped on the ice (There was alot of it) and broke my ankle. It was a clean break and I was in a cast for about 7 weeks. This took alot of time away from my life and I feel I should be compensated in some way. The Insurance company will pay my doctor bills but that is all. Should I get an attorney? They said I would have to send a claim to the company that plows and takes care of their parking lot.  Thanks!

Answer: The answer to your questions depends on the law in Wisconsin for a slip and fall case, and particularly how Wisconsin Courts treat a slip and fall case involving ice.  I specialize in slip and fall cases but I am in Florida. Laws vary from state to state so what happens in Florida may not be the case in Wisconsin.  The best advice I would give you is do speak with an attorney that specializes in premises liability claims, i.e. a slip and fall case.  He can advise you what the law is in Wisconsin for a slip and fall case which occurs on ice.  Generally, a landowner owes two duties to persons lawfully on the property – maintain the property in a reasonably safe condition, and to warn persons on the property of dangerous conditions that the person may not be able to appreciate themselves.    You should contact an attorney in your area that specializes in premises liability claims.  Many attorneys say they do "personal injury" claims, but after asking around, you’ll find they take anything that walks in the door.  Ask how many claims like yours they have handled.  Ask them if they have tried any cases like yours.  Best Buy is a large company; there are most likely other cases like yours which have occurred there, thereby placing Best Buy, or the company that plows the parking lot, on notice of the dangerous ice condition.  You should contact an attorney soon.  There are many steps your attorney should take now, i.e. notify the insurance companies for both Best Buy and the parking lot company, find out what types of coverage are available from both Best Buy, and the company that maintains the parking lot, obtain photographs, etc, that should all be done now.  Most attorneys specializing in premises liability claims handle the claims on a contingent basis,i.e. their attorneys fee is a percentage of any money they recover for you, and offer a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss whether you have a viable case. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me toll free. Good luck.

For more information about a slip and fall case, contact Florida premises liability lawyer, Joseph M. Maus at 1-866-556-5529, visit his website at http://www.jmmlaywers.com, or email him today.

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