Visitor Question

Broken Leg from a Slip and Fall…

Submitted By: Danika (Conyers, GA)

My sister was intoxicated and took a taxi to our cousin’s house. She fell either exiting or outside the taxi. The taxi driver offered to help her up and she said don’t bother. He left her. She had a broken femur.

This happened in Alaska where temperatures are below zero. She could not get help from anyone inside the house and called 911 who took an hour to reach her. Does she have a case?

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Dear Danika,

From the facts as you described, your sister does not have a claim.

A person must bear certain responsibility for their own conduct and as you indicated, she was intoxicated.

Furthermore, you have not offered any facts to support that the taxi driver or the taxi itself presented a hazard in any way. By exiting a taxi intoxicated and subsequently injuring herself, there are no facts to support liability.

While you can always submit a claim to the taxi driver’s insurance company, I would wager that such a claim would be denied.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: November 28, 2010

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