Slip and fall accidents are something that businesses and organizations of all types deal with on a regular basis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, slip and fall accidents generate $34 billion in medical costs each year.
In most instances, a slip and fall accident results in an insurance claim that can take months to resolve. In more extreme cases, these types of accidents become personal injury lawsuits that can go on for a very long time. But if all businesses handled slip and fall accidents like the average condo board does, then those businesses could significantly reduce the stress that comes with these sorts of incidents.
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When it comes to liability in a slip and fall accident in a commercial property or apartment complex, the SFGate website makes it clear that the property owner is liable. Landlords are responsible for making sure that all walkways are in good condition, that all stairwells are properly lit, that all snow and ice is removed from parking lots and sidewalks and that the conditions that can create a slip and fall case are taken care of quickly and in a professional manner.
The problems for landlords can be in proving that their properties did not cause the accident to occur. In many cases, an insurance claim and settlement can happen so fast that the property owner does not discover there was a payout until their premiums go up. But condo boards have created methods that every business can use to effectively handle these types of situations.
According to Habitat Magazine, most condo boards avoid getting directly involved in personal injury lawsuits or insurance claims by getting the agents and lawyers involved the moment an accident is reported.
Insurance companies are finding that there are so many fall down claims in condos that it is often less expensive to offer a payout than to fight the case in court. That means that someone accusing a condo of negligence in an accident could walk away with a $10,000 settlement, even if they have no evidence that their injuries were caused by the condo' property.
When a person claims they were injured on a condo's property, the condo board will instantly turn the situation over to its attorney and insurance company and have no further contact with the claimant. By doing things in this business-like manner, the condo board avoids the possibility of saying or doing something that could make the case even worse. It is a practical approach that helps condo boards around the country to handle these types of cases in a professional manner.
As it is, if you are involved in a slip and fall accident in a condo, whether you live there or are visiting, it is important o know how your accident will be handled by the condo board. Either way, be sure to have your own legal representation in order for you to get the right compensation for you and your situation.
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