Greensboro Slip and Fall Attorney

If you have been injured in a fall accident due to the negligence of another on their property, read on for how a Greensboro Slip and Fall Lawyer can help you.

After a fall, please report your fall to the business owner (if possible), seek medical attention immediately and have a companion take photos of the accident scene. Photos are essential to slip and fall accident cases.

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Greensboro Slip and Fall Law

In a slip and fall (premises liability) case, the injured party can receive financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain & suffering. If your accident occurred while you were working, you likely have a Greensboro Workers' Compensation claim instead of a premises liability claim.

There are, unfortunately, times when a victim cannot recover under North Carolina Law: trespassing and contributory negligence.


First, it should be noted that property owners generally do not owe a duty to trespassers who are injured on their property, but a property owner must not willfully act and intentionally cause the injury/ wrongful death of the trespasser. In simple terms, trespassing will more than likely stop you from having a slip and fall personal injury claim against a property owner due to your own contributory negligence.

Contributory Negligence

But property owners do have a duty to not be negligent and cause harm to visitors. Negligence is defined as a person’s failure to follow a duty of conduct imposed by law. The law requires every owner/person in possession to use ordinary care to keep the premises in a reasonably safe condition for lawful visitors who use them in a reasonable and ordinary manner. This duty is expanded when it comes to minors and “ attractive nuisances .”

Simply slipping and falling on another’s premises as a visitor will not automatically create a personal injury claim. The property owner must be negligent and that negligence must result in injury to the plaintiff.

For example, if you are walking upstairs that are not well maintained and you trip on a nail, or other defect and fall and break your foot, the owner may be liable for your fall injuries. Conversely, if you are walking upstairs that are not well maintained, but you trip on your own foot and fall, there is great likelihood that you do not have a personal injury case against the owner.

The key here is that the property owner’s negligence, whether in constructing or maintaining the property, must directly cause the injury.

Also see: Greensboro Wrongful Death Attorney

We have all seen yellow warning signs in stores telling us “wet floor” or “use caution.” These signs are how property owners inform us of danger on their property and discourage fall accidents. But when a property owner does not make us aware of dangers and the dangers themselves are not apparent (hidden danger), this may make the property owner liable for injuries sustained on their property.

However, property owners do not have a duty to warn a visitor of a danger that they would have seen if they had looked. Also, the property owner does not have a duty if their warnings to the visitor go unheeded.

For example, while visiting a department store, a shopper is walking down an aisle with no warning signs, which unbeknownst to him/her, is covered with a slippery clear cleaning fluid that was dropped by a store employee stocking shelves. The shopper slips and falls breaking their wrist. The shopper may have a personal injury claim against the store because the property owner/occupant in possession had a duty to inform the visitor of the danger (which they did not), the danger was not apparent (difficult to see as the liquid was clear), and the negligence was a direct cause of the shopper’s broken wrist.

In the alternative, if a visitor ignores all warnings and slips on a puddle, the business owner is generally not responsible.

The facts of each case must be thoroughly analyzed to determine if a personal injury claim can be pursued.

Greensboro Slip and Fall Attorney

Do you need a personal injury lawyer for your Greensboro slip and fall case? Premises liability cases can be difficult to prove and win because the law requires that there must be negligence AND the negligence be the direct cause of the injury.

In addition, the compensation you are entitled to can be difficult to obtain when the negligent property owner's insurance company disputes liability, which happens often.

Slip and Falls can result in serious injuries, including traumatic brain injuries and broken bones. Compensation for current medical treatment as well as future medical treatment should be sought if warranted. In order to recover compensation, litigation is often necessary.

The choice to litigate should definitely be discussed with a Greensboro Personal Injury Attorney.

As you can tell from the above, having a slip and fall claim against a negligent property owner is very fact specific and something that you should discuss with a Greensboro Personal Injury Lawyer.

The Bishop Law Firm offers free case evaluations and we are paid on a contingency fee basis (we do not get paid unless we win). Call us today for a free case evaluation, (919) 615-3095.

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