Portland Slip & Fall Lawyers
A slip and fall can be embarrassing and painful. It can also be temporarily or permanently disabling. It can even be fatal. If you’ve suffered a slip and fall accident because of some hazard on the owner’s premises, you’ll want to hold them accountable to you for the harm you’ve endured or will continue to incur, including medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, scarring or disfigurement, and more. Holding a property owner responsible for a slip and fall accident can be one of the more challenging aspects of personal injury and premises liability law. The skilled and knowledgeable team at Rosenbaum Law Group can help. Our attorneys work together to provide insightful and effective representation, settling claims out of court and taking cases to trial and jury verdicts. You can count on us to do our all to get the best result. Contact our experienced Portland slip & fall lawyers today.
Leading Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents in Portland
Property owners often try to avoid liability for slip and fall accidents by claiming the accident was not foreseeable. One thing that is definitely foreseeable in Portland is that it is going to rain about half the time throughout the year. Wet, slippery floors are a leading cause of slip and fall accidents, and rainwater tracked into a building is a common, foreseeable hazard. Property owners might try to turn this fact on its head and argue that slip and fall victims should expect wet floors and take care to avoid such hazards, but the law clearly places duties on property owners to keep their floors reasonably safe and dry. These duties include mopping up wet surfaces, keeping adequate floor mats in place, and putting up “wet floor” signs during stormy periods when the floor can’t be kept perpetually dry.
Rain is far from the only substance that can create a slippery surface. Property owners must keep their surfaces free from spills and leaks to keep their customers reasonably safe. This duty can include making routine inspections of the premises and promptly cleaning up any spills or putting up a “wet floor” sign until the hazard is removed. Common causes of slip and fall accidents in Portland include:
- Food and drink spills in restaurants, bars and nightclubs
- Broken jars, eggs, or other foodstuffs in grocery stores
- Leaking refrigerator cases in grocery stores and convenience stores
- Puddled condensation from air conditioning units
- Freshly mopped or waxed floors
- Rain-soaked floormats that have lost their traction
- Water tracked in from swimming pools at hotels and resorts
How Our Portland Slip and Fall Attorneys Can Help
Successfully handling a slip and fall claim can require proving that the property owner had a duty to maintain a safe premises, that they failed to do so through their negligence, that their negligence was the cause of your slip and fall, and that you suffered an injury and damages such as doctor or hospital bills, a loss of income, or pain and suffering. Property owners and insurance companies might dispute your claim in any of these areas, arguing that they owed you no duty, they did nothing wrong, or you weren’t seriously hurt. A common tactic after a slip and fall accident is to blame the victim, saying they should have noticed and avoided the hazard. Any amount of fault they can pin on you reduces the amount of compensation they owe you, and if they can establish you are more than 50% to blame, then they don’t have to pay you anything at all.
Our attorneys at Rosenbaum Law Group are skilled and experienced in handling slip and fall accident claims in Portland. We’ve taken on cases of all sizes and achieved success for our clients, from small settlements for minor injuries to record-setting verdicts for the most serious harm. Our lawyers work together to build a strong case that proves the owner’s liability, their negligence and fault, and the full extent of your injuries. We work hard to make sure your claim is successful and that you recover an appropriate amount of compensation for your harm.
Contact Rosenbaum Law Group Today
If you have been injured in a slip and fall on somebody’s dangerous premises in Portland, or if you lost a loved one after a fatal accident on another’s property, the personal injury and wrongful death attorneys at Rosenbaum Law Group are here to provide you with compassionate, knowledgeable advice and thorough, effective representation. Call our experienced Portland slip and fall lawyers today.