SLIP & FALLS / PREMISES LIABILITY
Experienced Premises Liability Injury Lawyers Serving the Injured in Janesville and all of Wisconsin
Providing dedicated legal representation as Janesville premises liability attorneys, the Paul Benson Law Firm will help you fight for justice and compensation in slip & fall cases, as well as all premises liability injury cases in Janesville.
Businesses Must Keep their Property Safe
In Wisconsin, business owners have a duty to keep their property safe. Wisconsin Statute §101.11 is called the “safe place statute” and imposes a duty on business owners higher than just regular negligence. Wisconsin stores and hotels are responsible if an unsafe condition on their property injures someone. See the safe place statute language below:
“Every employer shall furnish employment which shall be safe for the employees therein and shall furnish a place of employment which shall be safe for employees therein and for frequenters thereof and shall furnish and use safety devices and safeguards, and shall adopt and use methods and processes reasonably adequate to render such employment and places of employment safe, and shall do every other thing reasonably necessary to protect the life, health, safety, and welfare of such employees and frequenters. Every employer and every owner of a place of employment or a public building now or hereafter constructed shall so construct, repair or maintain such place of employment or public building as to render the same safe.”
Wis. Stat. Ann. § 101.11
The Injured Person still has the Burden of Proof
Despite the safe place statute, the injured person still must prove that the unsafe condition was actually unsafe. Wisconsin law requires the injured person to prove each element of their claim by a preponderance of the evidence. You need admissible evidence to prove your claims. Many people are injured in restaurants, grocery stores or hotels but don’t have the evidence they need to win their case.
Document your Injury for Premises Liability Claims
If you hope to win your injury case in Janesville against a homeowner, grocery store or restaurant, then you need to document your injury and the circumstances that caused your injury. Don’t rely on the responsible business to save the video surveillance footage to help you win your case. Unfortunately, damaging video evidence often is lost or allowed to be recorded over. Take your case into your own hands. Make an incident report with the business. If they don’t have an incident report form, then ask for a blank piece of paper and insist that they make a copy for your records. Ask the manager on duty to sign and date the form and/or write down their own version of what happened. Write down witness information. Take photos of what injured you, making sure that the photo provides proper context so that you can understand the photo weeks or months later.
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