A slip and fall is the most commonly known type of premises liability claim. These slip and fall cases usually occur when a property owner was neglectful in the upkeep and maintenance of their premises and a third party is injured as a result. As common as slip and fall accidents are, it still may be difficult to place the all the blame on the property owner.
If you are involved in an accident, the first thing you should ask yourself is “could this have been avoided?” Were there warning signs about a slippery surface? Was the owner of the property even aware of the slick surface? Were you texting on your phone and not see the warning sign? While everyone is responsible for their own safety, property owners (especially those who invite people onto their property for profit) do have obligations to keep their property safe.
If you were injured on someone else’s property because of a dangerous condition, you will have to prove the liability falls on the property owner. Some situations in which liability might fall on the property owner are:
- The property owner, or an employee, knew about the dangerous condition but did nothing to fix it or deter others from the area (e.g. wet floor sign).
- The property owner, or an employee, caused the dangerous condition.
- The property owner, or an employee, should have known about the dangerous condition.
If you are involved in a slip and fall and feel that you did everything you reasonably could to avoid the accident but that the property owner did not do all that they could, contact our office to review your case for free.