If you suffer an injury on someone else’s property, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the owner for damages. A mail carrier in Staten Island did just that after he suffered serious injuries as a result of a slip-and-fall accident in 2012. The man was delivering mail to the residence when he slipped and fell on a wooden path between the tenant’s apartment on the side of the house and the front porch. He slipped on moss that had developed on the planks as a result of the moisture and rainfall in the area.
The 48-year-old mail carrier suffered serious fractures to his right leg and foot and had to undergo two surgeries. The U.S. Postal Service eventually retired him on disability as he was unable to go back to work.
Suit was filed against the homeowners and the homeowners’ insurance carrier recently settled the case for the policy limit of $300,000.00.
When an accident occurs on a property owned or maintained by someone else, the owner may be held liable for damages. The accident must have been caused by a dangerous condition on the property that presents an unreasonable risk that the injured party should not have anticipated. In order to establish liability against a property owner, you must also show that the owner created the dangerous condition or knew or should have known of a dangerous condition and failed to do anything about it. Slip-and-falls can result in very serious injuries that may cause life-long pain and suffering. Damages from a lawsuit can at least help ease some of the financial burdens that come with these injuries.
Source: Staten Island Live, “$300,000 settlement for letter carrier in South Shore slip and fall,” Frank Donnelly, Jan. 5, 2016