Visitor Question

What is slip and fall accident law for this scenario?

Submitted By: Anonymous (USA)

I was getting out of my car in a parking lot. I tripped over the yellow parking bumper and hit my head. My eye hemorrhaged and I injury my left wrist, shoulder, and my right knee. There were people who saw me but no one called 911 or helped me up. I got up myself, went inside, called my eye doctor and went to the office.

All I could think about was saving my eye. I have glaucoma in both eyes and the eye that was injured is my good eye. My son talked to two lawyers but they say there is nothing I can do. Can you help me? Is there really nothing I can do? Thank you.

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Dear Anonymous,

Those ubiquitous concrete parking blocks have been known to rip bumpers off expensive low profile sports cars. They have bent wheel rims and have caused cars to go out of alignment. They are everywhere and some would wonder if their benefit outweighs the danger and destruction they seem to cause.

Telling you that you were only one of thousands who have tripped and fallen over those yellow concrete humpbacks bumpers will probably not make you feel much better, especially because of the seriousness of your injury and the potential for loss of sight.

In our estimation your prevailing in a lawsuit would need show the following:

A. The paint on the concrete bumper had faded sufficiently so as to make it less noticeable. It should be noticeable to people with good eyesight as well as those poor eyesight.

It would be unfair for a person to have to presume there will be a yellow concrete bumper in each parking lot, and more so in each parking spot. As a result they should be clearly visible, even if the worst of weather conditions.

B. Another route to compensation might be to prove the yellow bumper was itself out of alignment; that it wasn’t straight as it should have been, but rather, from wear or tear or from other cars hitting it, it had been turned ever so slightly so as to cause even the most astute driver to misstep and trip over it.

You should not be dissuaded just because two attorneys have “passed” on your case. There are many excellent Attorneys who will not. Seeking additional opinions is key in a case like this.

Most qualified Personal Injury Attorneys will not charge for an initial office consultation. Too many people call Attorneys’ offices and attempt to have them commit over the telephone to winning a case, and worse, for what amount. Telephone calls alone will not help you to really understand whether your case is meritorious.

If you are serious, and it is apparent you are, then call and set up an office consultation with a qualified and skilled Personal Injury Attorney. And maybe you can help rid the world of those little monsters!

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: June 24, 2011

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