Slip and Fall Injuries

If you slip and fall on the premises of a business, you may have a personal injury claim. Thousands are injured each year when they slip and fall on a dangerous floor or flight of stairs, but a successful claim is when you can show the property owner was negligent in allowing a dangerous condition to exist that caused the accident.  A property owner can’t always be held responsible for not immediately picking up or cleaning every slippery substance on the floor and, likewise, the owner isn’t always responsible for every slip and fall. We all have an obligation to watch where we’re going. If you slip and fall in a place of business, here are some general rules for determining liability:

  • The owner of the premises or an employee must have caused the spill, uneven spot, dangerous surface, or item that caused the fall.
  • The owner or employee must have known in advance about the dangerous surface or condition but done nothing about it.
  • The owner or employee should have known of the dangerous surface because a reasonable person would have discovered the situation and had it removed of repaired.

Customers can also be at fault or have contributed to the slip and fall.  You should ask yourself these questions:

  • Did you have a legitimate reason for being where the dangerous area was?
  • Would a careful person have noticed the dangerous spot and avoided it or walked carefully enough not to slip or trip?
  • Were there any warnings that the spot might be dangerous?
  • Were you doing anything that distracted your attention or were you acting in a way to make your fall more likely?

If you have been involved in a slip and fall, consult with an attorney. They at will be able to assess the strengths and weaknesses of your case and guide you so you can receive the help you deserve.

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