If I fell into a 8 foot drop into what looks like a old loading dock and suffered 2 broken ribs and fractures of my lumbar vertebra, can get the owners of the site to pay my hospital bills and time off work?

It had a bunch of sharp rocks in it; I didn’t see it since it wasn’t blocked off.

Asked on April 21, 2015 under Personal Injury, Kansas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

What were you doing on the old loading dock? If that was not public space (e.g. the public entrance to a store), you were tresspassing and could face criminal charges. And if there was nothing "hidden" about the edge of the dock or the drop, then it was *your* negligence (carelessness) in fallling off an obvious drop, not the owner's negligence or carelessness, and the owner would not be liable. From what you write, it is likely you do not have a case.


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