Slip & Fall Lawsuits

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Slip & Fall

People are frequently injured (sometimes very seriously) when they slip or trip and fall on a slippery floor, a flight of stairs, an uneven ground, or other hazardous condition on a property. Many times, the property owner is responsible for the accident. This is true of both residential and business or commercial property owners.

Everyone has an obligation to watch where they are going. However, property owners do need to be careful in keeping up their property. Businesses are typically required to maintain regular procedures for examining, cleaning, repairing and maintaining the premises.

For a property owner to be legally responsible for the injuries you suffer from slipping, tripping, or falling on someone else's property, the owner (or an employee) must be guilty of one of these scenarios:

  • Caused the hazardous condition
  • Known of the dangerous surface but done nothing about it
  • Should have known of the dangerous surface because a "reasonable" person taking care of the property would have discovered and removed/repaired it

In short, law concentrates on whether the property owner makes regular and thorough efforts to keep the property safe and clean. If you have suffered a slip, trip, or fall injury, contact me to discuss whether a property or business owner, or their insurer, may be liable for your injuries.