Milwaukee Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer – Attorney
Slip and fall cases can occur in residential and commercial buildings, shopping centers and parking facilities, hotels and casinos, amusement parks, airports, healthcare facilities, nightclubs and bars, as well as universities and public schools. The slip and fall attorneys of Murphy & Prachthauser understand that the rule of law is that the owner or operator of the premises has a duty of ordinary care to keep the premises in reasonably safe condition or at least warn customers of a dangerous condition of which the owner or operator caused, knows about, or should know about.
Businesses or owners of public buildings can also have responsibilities under Wisconsin’s Safe Place Statute. That statute requires businesses and owners of public buildings to construct, repair and maintain their property to a condition as safe as the nature of the place reasonably permits. A violation of the safe place statute can be demonstrated by failure to follow applicable building codes, as occurred in Hannebaum v. Direnzo and Bomier. A safe place violation can occur when a property owner fails to remove snow or ice if the owner either knew or should have known of the condition. The safe place law has been applied to an apartment house, a building under construction, a clubhouse, a dance floor, a driveway, a filling station, a business parking lot, and even a light pole. The Milwaukee slip and fall lawyers at Murphy & Prachthauser can help you understand whether the dwelling in which you were injured falls under the safe place statute.
In slip and fall cases, the property owner or its insurance company typically argue that the injured party is to blame for the accident. Everyone has a responsibility to use ordinary care for their own safety. They are required to watch where they are walking, to avoid dangerous conditions if possible, or to take precautions if it is impossible to do so. If a person if found negligent for failing exercise ordinary care for their own safety, the amount they are awarded for damages can be reduced or or entirely eliminated.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured as a result of dangerous premises, then you may have the right to file a legal action. Call a slip and fall lawyer at Murphy & Prachthauser for a free evaluation of your case.