Jackson Slip and Fall Attorneys
Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents in Mississippi
Were you injured after slipping, tripping, and falling on someone else’s property? Did a dangerous or defective property condition cause the accident? You could be entitled to financial compensation for your medical expenses, pain, suffering, lost wages, and more—and Mike Slocumb Law Firm can help.
Our Jackson slip and fall attorneys represent injured individuals in Hinds County and throughout the surrounding areas who have been harmed by the negligence of private and public property owners. We understand the complex and sensitive nature of these types of cases, and we know how to effectively advocate for the full, fair compensation you are owed. We are here to help you with every aspect of your personal injury claim and are happy to answer your questions, address your concerns, and provide the information you need to make the right decisions about your recovery.
There are no legal fees for you unless/until we recover compensation on your behalf. Call (769) 200-1408 or contact us online for a free consultation today.
When Can You Sue a Mississippi Property Owner for a Slip and Fall?
To have a slip and fall case against a property owner, there are several things you must prove. First, you must prove that you were legally allowed to be on the property when the accident occurred and that you were in an area that was apparently open to visitors.
Next, you’ll need to prove that you were injured because of a dangerous or defective condition on the property.
Examples of dangerous and defective property conditions that often lead to slip, trip, and fall accidents include:
- Wet floors
- Slippery surfaces
- Asphalt cracks
- Uneven flooring
- Unmarked stairs or steps
- Insufficient lighting
- Sidewalk defects
- Cluttered walkways
- Torn carpeting
- Loose floor mats and rugs
- Recently waxed floors
- Missing handrails
- Improper signage
If you slipped and fell because of one of these or another dangerous condition, you will also need to prove that the property owner knew about or reasonably should have known about the dangerous condition yet failed to take reasonable steps to repair it, remove it, or warn you about it. In other words, you must show how the property owner failed to uphold the duty of care they owed to you as a lawful entrant on the property.
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Mississippi follows a rule of comparative negligence when it comes to personal injury cases. Under this rule, an injured individual may still file a claim and seek compensation for their damages when they were partly at fault for the incident that led to their injuries. And, because Mississippi follows a rule of pure comparative negligence, an injured individual does not even need to prove that the other party was more at fault to file a claim. However, if you are found partly at fault, you cannot recover the full amount you are seeking in damages.
The property owner and/or its insurance company may try to use this rule to dispute, devalue, or even deny your claim.
Some common defenses to slip and fall claims include alleging that:
- The injured person was trespassing when the accident occurred
- The area with the dangerous or defective condition was cordoned off
- The injured person was in an area that was not open to visitors or where visitors would not normally be expected to be
- The dangerous or defective condition was “open and obvious”
- The injured person could have taken simple and reasonable measures to avoid the dangerous or defective condition
- The injured person was texting or using a cellphone, not looking where they were going, not paying attention, or otherwise negligent
If the insurance company says you were partly negligent, you cannot recover the full amount you are seeking in damages. Depending on the degree of fault assigned to you, this could mean a difference of thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars in your recovery.
We strongly urge you to get in touch with our experienced Jackson slip and fall lawyers if the property owner or insurance company is arguing that you were partly, mostly, or entirely at fault for the accident. Our firm knows how to use powerful evidence and the law to fight back against the defendant’s efforts to dispute or deny your claim—and we have a proven track record of winning these cases.
Just like other types of personal injury cases, slip and fall lawsuits are subject to a statute of limitations, or filing deadline, in Mississippi. In most cases, the standard three-year statute of limitations applies. This means that you have three years from the date of the accident (with some rare exceptions) to file your claim in court. If you miss this deadline, the court will most likely dismiss your case, and you will not be able to recover any compensation for your damages.
Note that, while you have three years to file a slip and fall lawsuit, you likely have much less time to file an insurance claim—typically a few days to a couple of weeks at most. The sooner you get in touch with our team, the sooner we can investigate the incident and assist you in filing your claim. Our team will work to ensure that you do not miss any important deadlines that could affect your recovery.
For a free consultation with one of our slip and fall attorneys in Jackson, call (769) 200-1408 or contact us online using our secure contact form.