Slip-and-Falls & Trip-and-Falls

Not all slip and fall accidents are alike and you need a slip and fall attorney who can help you determine the responsible parties and protect your rights. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your slip and fall case.

Slip, Trip & Fall in CT

Falls are the top leading cause of nonfatal injuries in the United States and the third leading cause of preventable injury-related deaths according to the National Safety Council. 

Source: National Safety Council

We take thousands of steps each day whether we are heading to work, at the grocery store, walking around a tag sale, etc. And, unfortunately, the injuries and losses that arise from unexpected slips, trips, and falls can have serious negative impacts on our lives. Such injuries and losses can be severe, painful and expensive. Here at Buckley Wynne & Parese, we are committed to providing you with exceptional legal service and to protect your legal rights and interests.  Call us today.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Important Facts About Falls

  • One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury
  • Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries
  • Over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury
  • Each year, 3 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

What Can Cause Slip, Trip and Fall Injuries?

  • Spilled/Pooled Food or Liquids
  • Poor Lighting
  • Misplaced or Unmarked Objects
  • Icey Walkways
  • Potholes or Uneven Surfaces
  • Loose Carpet or Floorboards
  • Faulty or Missing Handrails
  • Unmarked Curbs or Slick Surfaces
  • Hazardous or Defective Stairways

Who is Responsible for Your Injuries?

Injuries and losses in which you or a loved one sustained as a result of a slip, trip and fall can occur anywhere. Determining and proving the responsible party is often complicated. We encourage you to call our office today for a free consultation to discuss your options in further detail.  It is important to view, inspect and retain information regarding the cause, footing and multiple additional issues.

The owner of an establishment or property is required by law to maintain a safe environment. Furthermore, sufficient cautionary warnings should be visible to invited guests. Property owners should be aware of hazardous conditions that can arise to patrons whether it be on walkways, in the home, on commercial property, at a park, etc. Potential hazards are expected to be addressed in a timely manner.

In order to find an establishment or property owner to be careless and/or negligent we will look to the following:

  • Did the property owner fail to properly maintain and/or create a hazardous condition which caused your injuries?
  • Was the property owner aware or should he/she been aware of the hazardous conditions yet failed to warn patrons, such as you or your loved one?
  • Did the property owner, or its employees, create unsafe conditions after failing to perform routine maintenance?

What to Do if You’ve Been Injured in a Slip, Trip and Fall in CT

STEP 1:  Seek Medical Treatment

STEP 2:  Report the Accident

STEP 3: Contact Buckley Wynne & Parese

A thorough investigation of the details of your slip, trip and fall is absolutely critical.

Some of the Ways in Which BWP Will Help with the Investigation

  • Obtain the Name(s) of the Property Owner
  • Gather the Names and Contact Information of Potential Witnesses
  • Obtain the Proper Written Documentation
  • Take Photos and Videos of the Scene

Ways in Which You Can Help

  • Save and Preserve the Clothing and Footwear you were Wearing
  • Avoid Making Any Statements
  • Take Photos of your Injuries
  • Don’t Post Any Relevant Information to Social Media

Contact  Buckley Wynne & Parese

The losses from injuries and damages sustained after a slip, trip and fall can traumatizing and catastrophic and the litigation is complex. It is imperative that you contact us as soon as possible.

  • Some Areas in Which BWP will Help You Recover
  • Medical and Financial Costs and Burdens
  • Lost Wages and Impaired Earnings
  • Non-Economic Damages which includes pain and anguish and mental suffering
  • Out of Pocket or Miscellaneous Expenses

For over 100 years, the attorneys at Buckley Wynne & Parese have been fully dedicated to assisting families who were injured in a slip, trip and fall as a result of someone else’s wrongdoing, carelessness, and negligence.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to pay legal fees out of my pocket?

No. Your legal fees are paid on a contingency fee basis unless otherwise specified. That means that we are not paid unless we recover compensation for you.


Am I entitled to a rental vehicle while my car is being repaired?

Yes. In Connecticut, you are entitled to Loss of Use, which includes either a rental vehicle or the value of a comparable rental vehicle. For more on your rights, see Motor Vehicle Rights and Responsibilities.


Can a person recover damages for injuries sustained on someone else’s property?

An owner of property has a duty to protect members of the public from injury that may occur upon the property. The injured person may be able to recover money for those injuries if he or she can prove that the property owner failed to meet that duty. The hurdle plaintiffs face is that the nature and extent of the property owner’s duty will vary depending upon the facts of the situation and the jurisdiction in question.

 

The status of the injured visitor is important. There are three separate categories: invitee, licensee, and trespasser. An invitee is someone who has been invited onto the land because that person will confer some advantage to the property owner, such as a store patron. An owner of property is required to exercise reasonable care for the safety of the invitee. A licensee is someone who enters upon the land for his or her own purpose, and is present at the consent, but not the invitation, of the owner. For example, a door-to-door salesman who enters the property and stays to chat with the owner about the product that he is selling is a licensee. The owner’s duty to a licensee is only to warn of hidden dangers. For example, if the owner knew the front step was rotten and did not warn the salesman, the salesman may be able to recover if he thereafter falls through the step and injures himself. Finally, a trespasser is an individual who enters onto the property without the knowledge or consent of the owner and who remains there without any right or permission. Trespassers have difficulty suing property owners because property owners’ duty towards trespassers is not to place traps and hazards on their property. In some cases, the owner must also warn trespassers of the hazards if they are unlikely to be discovered by the trespasser and could cause serious injury or death.


What is a slip and fall action?

A slip and fall action is a type of personal injury lawsuit filed by a plaintiff who has been injured by a slip and fall, usually on the defendant’s property. Examples of very common slip and fall plaintiffs include the grocery store patron who slips on a spill or a piece of food laying on the floor, and falls, causing injury to himself; and a hotel guest who slips in the shower and injures her back in the process.

 

The plaintiff in slip and fall cases must usually show that the owner of the property had notice or knowledge of the condition, and failed to clean it up and rectify it within a reasonable amount of time. If the plaintiff slipped on a grape that had been lying on the floor for two hours, and the manager of the store had walked past it and inspected it five times before asking someone to clean it up, liability is likely.

If the plaintiff has knowingly encountered a hazard, then he or she may have trouble holding the defendant liable. For example, if a hotel guest squirts baby oil onto the floor of the shower; steps into the shower and attempts to do the jitterbug; and then falls and breaks an ankle, liability on the part of the hotel is highly questionable. However, if the cleaning staff in the hotel repeatedly tells management that the non-skid treads in the bathtub for room 212 are missing and the hotel fails to replace them, the hotel may be liable for damages to a guest who is injured.


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Client Reviews of Our Slip-and-Falls & Trip-and-Falls Attorneys

    Pure professionalism and care in moments of need.

    Pure professionalism and care in moments of need.

    Pure professionalism and care in moments of need. I was worried they would impact my day to day life negatively, I was so wrong. I was not called or bothered unless it really mattered: BWP listened to me and came to a desired settlement, more than I could hope for. I highly recommend the firm if you are in need.

    - Meredith R

    They are my go to team if I ever need legal services again.

    They are my go to team if I ever need legal services again.

    I was fortunately referred to this practice by a coworker. I was never so pleased dealing with such wonderful people through a bad situation. They continually kept me up to date with the status of my case. I would definitely recommend this firm for any legal issues. They are my go to team if I ever need legal services again.

    - Genevieve A.

    I would definitely recommend Buckley, Wynne & Parese to friends and family.

    I would definitely recommend Buckley, Wynne & Parese to friends and family.

    On December 13, 2016 I was involved in an automobile accident (not my fault) at which time my car was totaled and I was injured. Fortunately, occupants of the other vehicle were not hurt. While at the auto body shop that I use, I picked up a Buckley, Wynne & Parese booklet. After reading through the information I made a phone call to the law office and was immediately scheduled with an appointment. I met with John Parese who discussed the process with me and made me feel at ease and confident that I was in good hands in moving forward. John was upfront in telling me that patience was key to moving through the process and completing all doctor visits and physical therapy were key to a positive outcome. John remained in contact, checking in on my progress and advising where we were in the proceeding. Thanks to Attorney Parese we were able to reach a positive outcome and for that I am truly grateful. I would definitely recommend Buckley, Wynne & Parese to friends and family. Thank you John!

    - Barbara P

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    I couldn’t recommend them enough.

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    I would HIGHLY recommend John Parese and the BWP team to anyone!!

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    - Dan S.

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    - Viktor K

    Mr. Buckley made sure I was comfortable and knew what was coming next.

    Mr. Buckley made sure I was comfortable and knew what was coming next.

    I had a very pleasant experience dealing with Buckley, Wynne & Parese Personal Injury Attorneys. I had the pleasure of working with Mr. John Buckley on a personal matter. I was often times very nervous about proceedings and was always made to feel at ease. I was always kept in the loop and if I was unsure of anything, Mr. Buckley made sure I was comfortable and knew what was coming next. He was always very kind and I trusted everything he had to say. I want to thank him, the firm and everyone that helped me out in such a hard time in my life.

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    Thank you  so much for your hard work

    Thank you so much for your hard work

    It was really great working with John Parese. He answered all my questions, made me feel comfortable, and helped me to understand the process. Each step of the way, he kept me posted and updated. His team is very respectful and thoughtful. I am definitely very satisfied with the outcome. Thank you so much for your hard work!

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    John Buckley handled a case for me and not once was he not available when I called with concerns or questions. If I ever again need an attorney I would not hesitate to call them. They are honest and fair with all their clients. Thank you gentleman for all you do!

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    I really appreciate your support throughout the case!

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    John Buckley is honest and kind-hearted

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    I sought out John Buckley to represent my interests when the likelihood of a satisfactory resolution seemed impossible. He is calm, personable and extremely professional, explaining each step of the process with integrity and transparency. John went above and beyond to ensure a great outcome and should I ever be in need of legal representation again, I wouldn't hesitate to call him.

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    Your kindness and patience are without compare.

    Your kindness and patience are without compare.

    John-Thank you so very much for the time and attention you put into Mom’s case. Your kindness and patience are without compare.

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    Thanks for serving as my attorney!

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    - Elizabeth DeWolf

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    Would not go to anyone else

    We have worked with the firm of Buckley Wynne and Parese over the past several years, exclusively with Atty. John Parese. We feel that Atty. Parese is our "go-to" attorney for whatever we need, whether it's case related or legal advice on a personal matter. John is ALWAYS quick to respond, professional in his presentation and honest and sincere with his approach. We trust him 1000%, would not go to anyone else and we refer the firm whenever we can. In addition, everyone on the office staff is just as professional, responsive and helpful. A "Wynne-ing" combination for sure.

    - The Gagliardi Family

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    Thank you for expertise, you and your staff are amazing.

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    - Cynthia Walker

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    I highly recommend John Parese and his team!

    I was injured in an auto accident. BWP fought for me to get the best settlement due to my injuries. I can't thank them enough, best attorneys in the state! I highly recommend John Parese and his team!

    - April Marie Frasca

    We recommend Mr. Parese without reservation.

    We recommend Mr. Parese without reservation.

    John Parese represented my family in an automobile accident case. Not only did he impeccably represent them, his calm and empathetic demeanor offered emotional succor to myself and those I care about most. My parents and I are eternally grateful for his service and I hereby recommend Mr. Parese without reservation.

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    - Lisa Ann

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    Best attorney in the game!

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    I highly recommend this firm

    John Buckley handled my case. I have had many contacts with various attorney's, over 40 years in my job and by far John Buckley is one of the most professional lawyers I have ever met. Courteous, he always explained everything clear and concise so I understood. The staff at Buckley Wynne & Parese are great also. I highly recommend this firm.

    - Carol F.