SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENTS/PREMISES LIABILITY
Slips and Trips and Falls Are No Laughing Matter
Slips and falls may be funny when they’re in a movie or on TV, but they’re no laughing matter for those suffering from serious injuries as a result of a slip or trip and fall. Accidents do sometimes happen, and a false step does not automatically mean that someone will be on the hook for damages. However, when property owners and others fail to meet their responsibilities to keep their properties in good order and free of anything that may cause injury, the slip and fall or trip and fall victim may have a claim against the owner for compensation.
Accidents can occur due to uneven sidewalks, poor lighting, and slippery pavement. In many cases, these injuries could have been avoided if the home or business owner had taken time to properly maintain his property or warn others about potential hazards.
In the legal sense, slip and fall accidents usually refer to a scenario in which an individual injures himself on another person’s property due to an unsafe condition. These cases are also grouped under the legal heading known as "premises liability."
The Property Owner’s Negligence
Premises liability cases are handled under the legal theory that the property owner was negligent in some way. To prove "negligence", the person who fell must show that the property owner owed visitors a duty of care and subsequently failed to live up to this duty. Additionally, the injured party must prove that he was indeed injured and that the owner’s breach of the duty of care caused the injuries. Together, all these elements make up negligence, which must be present for an injured party to recoup damages in a slip and fall case.
Common Slip and Fall Accidents
Slips or trips and falls can occur in a variety of places in an array of conditions. Many people have fallen in grocery stores after workers cleaned a spill without sufficiently marking the area. Similarly, restaurant patrons have been injured after tripping over napkins, utensils, and food left on dining room floors. There have also been cases reported of people sustaining serious injuries after falling down uneven or defective stairs. Poorly maintained or installed sidewalks, such as ones with raised slabs or cracks or ones where the owner has failed to clear snow and ice, are also common causes of serious trip and fall injuries.
If you’ve had a slip or trip and fall accident and been injured as a result, please give me a call. Together, we will evaluate the circumstances of your accident and determine whether you have a claim for compensation. If you do, I will be a strong and tireless advocate on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve.