Slip-and-fall accidents can happen to anyone, anywhere.
If you find yourself partially responsible for such an incident, you likely wonder about the implications and how they might affect your situation.
The concept of shared responsibility
Connecticut law acknowledges the possibility of shared responsibility in slip-and-fall cases. If you contributed to the accident by not heeding warning signs or exercising reasonable caution, it could impact the outcome of any legal proceedings that may follow.
Comparative negligence in Connecticut
Connecticut operates under a comparative negligence system, allowing you to pursue compensation even if you bear some responsibility. However, the amount of compensation you receive may decrease proportionally based on your level of fault. For instance, if you were 20% responsible, you could see your compensation reduced by the same percentage.
To determine the extent of your responsibility, the court will assess your actions leading up to the slip-and-fall. Were you distracted? Did you ignore warning signs? Were you wearing appropriate footwear? These factors may play into establishing your contribution to the accident.
Taking preventive measures
Connecticut emphasizes personal responsibility in slip-and-fall situations. As a precaution, always be mindful of your surroundings. Pay attention to warning signs, walk carefully and wear suitable footwear. By taking these preventive measures, you not only reduce your risk of accidents but also minimize the chances of having partial responsibility if one occurs.
Unintentional injuries, including slips and falls, sent 25.5 million to the emergency room in 2021. When those injuries are partially your fault and result in expensive medical bills and time away from work, you still have the right to seek compensation.