Premises Liability

We’ve Helped Thousands of Injury Victims In Connecticut

If you need a pedestrian accident attorney in Connecticut, Balzano and Tropiano can help. We’ve helped thousands of injury victims in Connecticut recover millions of dollars in damages for the injuries they have suffered. Many of these injured victims were innocent pedestrians hit by another vehicle. We will do everything we can to help you. Call us today for a free consultation. We never charge any fees unless we win your case so there’s no obligation to call us and get free legal information and advice.

Pedestrian Accident Information

Each year in Connecticut, thousands of innocent victims are injured or killed as they attempt to do something as simple as cross the street. Pedestrian injuries and deaths due to driver negligence is the cause of hundreds of traffic related accidents each day in the United States. It has been estimated that some 110,000 pedestrians are injured every year in the United States and that almost 60,000 pedestrians are killed in pedestrian accidents. Statistics like these are staggering. The victims of such accidents include people of all ages, but a large number of fatalities included here are elderly people and children. Pedestrians are so vulnerable and exposed when crossing a street that an impact from even a slow-moving vehicle can easily cause injury or death. Injuries sustained in these accidents are all too often severe or life threatening, and the damage to life and life can be catastrophic in many cases.

  • In 2002 the pedestrian accident statistics included these facts:
  • Over 4,800 pedestrians died in traffic related accidents
  • Pedestrians were injured every 7 minutes in traffic related accidents
  • 68% of pedestrian fatalities were males
  • Over 71,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic related accidents

Statistics highlight the problem of human error on the part of both pedestrians and motorists when it comes to unsafe travel practices. Confusion and inattention are the two main reasons that accidents take place. Statistics show that males have a high occurrence of pedestrian accidents, along with young people, possibly due to risk-taking behaviors.

Statistics also show us that, as mentioned, many of these accident victims are smaller children, of course, and then the elderly. This year, if the statistics are any indication at all, another 70,000 pedestrians will be injured in traffic related accidents, and 5,000 more will die.

We also know from statistics that nearly half of those deaths will occur between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m., when our children are on their way home from school. Teaching children to stay in the crosswalks is no guarantee of their safety, either. Negligent drivers are on the roads all throughout the day, every day.

When a pedestrian is involved in an accident, there are so many variable to consider. The hospital bills can be enormous, simply because of the types of injuries one sustains when struck by an oncoming vehicle. Catastrophic type injuries such as spinal cord injuries and brain injuries, are not uncommon in such cases.

At Balzano and Tropiano, we are committed to protecting the rights of our Connecticut personal injury clients. We will help you to recover the maximum award allowed by law in the case of driver negligence. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, or if you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of a reckless driver, contact the personal injury lawyers at Balzano and Tropiano today.

Premises Liability

Have you been injured in a slip and fall accident in Connecticut? A Connecticut premise liability attorney may be able to help you. In the state of Connecticut, premises liability law is based upon negligence, meaning if someone acted (or failed to act) in a manner that contributed to your injuries, that person or company may be help liable for your injuries. Premise liability laws help to determine who is responsible (at fault) for accidents that take place when a person slips and falls or is injured on someone else’s property. We will handle your case on a contigency basis, meaning you pay nothing unless your case is won. Consultations are always free so call us to get your questions answered and to find out if you have a premise liability case.

Who is responsible in a premise liability case? 

Determining fault isn’t always easy. Laws that fall under this category vary from state to state and local jurisdiction to jurisdiction. In order for a slip and fall victim to hold a property owner liable for an incident, the victim will have to prove the following in order to have a clear cut premises liability case:

  • That the property owner was responsible for unsafe condition and the subsequent slip and fall accident (by spilling something, for example, and not cleaning it up)
  • That the property owner was aware of the condition of the property but did not try to correct it (by not posting a warning sign, etc.)
  • That the property owner knew or should have known about the danger, since a “reasonable” person would have found the problem and taken steps to prevent injuries caused by the slip and fall accident (This is the most common situation, as it is not clearly defined and is determined based on common sense).

Thousands of injuries occur each year due to slip and fall accidents. Someone stumbling over a loose brick or falling down an uncovered manhole can easily wind up in the hospital with injuries requiring long-term recovery time. No one knows whether a fall due to a slippery floor in a supermarket like Ralphs, Vons, Albertsons or Stater Brothers will lead to a sprained ankle or a broken leg. It is always wise, therefore, for property owners to take safety precautions and take whatever steps necessary to prevent accidents.

There are, of course, certain situations where exceptions to the general slip and fall and premises liability rules come into play. These might include situations where trespassers come on to property without the permission of the owners and then incur injuries as a result of disregarding trespassing laws. Other examples could also include burglars and uninvited guests coming onto the property. Children, however, are an exception this is rule, since the law recognizes that children often do not perceive danger as well as adults. Property owners must take steps to ensure the safety of children, whether they have permission to be on the premises or not. In the case of employees, there are workers’ compensation laws in place that hold employers liable for most on-the-job injuries, including those that result from a slip and fall accident. The amount of damages that the injured person can collect is limited, however.

When it comes to government property, such as public parks, the federal or Connecticut state government may bear the legal responsibility for personal injuries incurred on the premises. Premises liability cases against the government are covered by either the Federal Tort Claims Act or similar state tort claims acts. Such cases must, however, be brought within a certain time limit.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a premises liability accident, or if you have questions regarding a slip and fall accident, a premise liability lawyer in Connecticut can help you determine if you have a case. Consultations are always free and we never charge any fees unless your case is won. Call anytime.