Can You Be Sued for Wearing High Heels?

Platforms, pumps, wedges, and stilettos elevate an outfit and give the wearer unique confidence, but could high heels get you sued? The short answer: maybe. Continue reading to learn more.

Slip and Fall Accidents

A slip and fall accident is a type of personal injury incident that occurs when an individual loses traction, stumbles, or trips, leading to a fall. This category of accidents often happens on someone else's property, which is sometimes referred to as a premises liability accident. The underlying causes of these incidents can be various, from indoor factors like wet, improperly waxed floors or torn carpets to outdoor elements such as uneven pavement or poor lighting.

When a person gets injured in a slip and fall accident, they may be entitled to seek compensation for their injuries, especially if the property owner or manager failed to maintain safe conditions or did not warn visitors about potential hazards. However, one common defense against these claims is that the injured party was not exercising reasonable care at the time of the accident.

So, how can high heels result in a lawsuit?

Negligence and Liability

In personal injury cases, the negligent party is usually liable, meaning the person who neglects their duty of care is more likely to be held financially responsible for damages. However, this does not necessarily mean that the injured party is free of liability.

If the injured person ignored wet floor signs, went into restricted areas, or acted in a way that could be considered negligent, they may be held responsible. In these cases, if the injured person attempts to file a claim against the property owner, the other party could countersue or use evidence to refute the original claim.

The Influence of High Heels on Balance and Stability

High heels undoubtedly alter the wearer's balance and stability. When someone wears high heels, the center of gravity shifts forward, placing more pressure on the toes and the ball of the foot. This adjustment can make it more challenging to maintain balance, especially on uneven surfaces or slippery floors.

While property owners are responsible for ensuring a safe environment, individuals wearing high heels also bear some responsibility for their safety. Courts may consider contributory negligence, wherein the injured party's actions or lack of caution played a role in the accident. For instance, if a person chooses to wear high heels in an area known for hazardous conditions and then ignores warning signs, their recovery for damages may be reduced or barred altogether.

Legal Options

These cases are often complicated, and businesses and property owners will try to use any means necessary to avoid a settlement. The Law Offices of Wax & Wax has extensive experience with these cases and can defend your right to financial retribution.

Contact our firm today to learn more.