Attorneys for NH Slip & Fall Cases
If you have been injured in a slip and fall or trip and fall on another person’s or business’ property, you need legal representation on your side to fight for your rights.
If you were injured due to someone’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We typically represent victims of negligence on a contingency fee basis (no upfront cost to you). Contact us for more information and a free consultation.
Common causes of slip & fall injuries include:
- Ice or snow not being properly removed by building owner
- Debris on property leading to a trip and fall accident
- Damaged or improperly repaired stairs, railings or sidewalks
- Damaged or improperly repaired flooring
SLIP AND FALL BASICS
Under New Hampshire law, all landowners have a duty to use reasonable care in the maintenance and operation of their properties. Simpson v. Wal-Mart Stores, 144 N.H. 571 (1999). A premises owner can be subject to liability for his failure to carry out his activities with reasonable care, or, the owner’s failure to provide a warning of a dangerous condition on the property.
If a property owner fails to use reasonable care, they may have acted negligently. In the context of a commercial building, store, restaurant, or other facility, negligence typically falls into one of three major categories:
Negligent design of a store or other commercial facility
A store’s floor design could be negligent if a fixed object protrudes into a walking lane, or if the floor is made from a very slippery material. Or, the building itself could have been designed negligently by having inadequate ventilation or lighting.
Negligent maintenance of a commercial establishment
The most common type of slip-and-fall negligence is negligent maintenance of the business or person’s premises. For example, if a bar or restaurant knows that drinks are often spilled in a certain area, that establishment has a duty to monitor and mop up those spills. Otherwise, a patron might slip and fall on the wet floor. Similarly, a grocery store has the responsibility to carefully observe its produce section for fallen pieces of vegetables and fruits, such as grapes. Because produce is not packaged and often ends up on the ground, the supermarket has the duty to periodically inspect and sweep the area to keep the floor clean and safe.
Businesses also have a responsibility to maintain the areas outside their buildings. For example, a store owner has a duty to take reasonable steps to remove ice from their stairs so that customers don’t get hurt.
Negligent operation of a business
A business may be operated in a negligent manner if its employees are not properly trained, or otherwise act negligently. For example, if a carnival ride is operated at a speed which is too fast and unsafe, the employees may have operated that amusement park ride negligently.
If you were injured on someone else’s property and believe the injury was caused by negligence, contact Welts, White & Fontaine, PC for a free consultation. As Nashua’s biggest law firm, we have the experience and resources to handle all types of cases.