If you were on another person’s property and were injured as a result of a slip-and-fall accident, you may be able to receive payment for your injuries. Slip-and-fall cases can be difficult since it needs to be proven that the property owner was aware of the hazard that caused the injuries. It also needs to be determined if the property owner took any specific steps to remove the hazard prior to the incident.
Slip-and-fall cases fall under a broader category of premises liability accidents which can include: spills on floors, weather conditions, uneven steps or floors, plumbing issues, inadequate lighting, unnecessary clutter, faulty railings, and potholes or cracks in sidewalks.
In order to recover anything for a slip-and-fall, there must be a responsible party whose negligence caused the injury. Some injuries can simply be caused by an accident by the person’s own carelessness. To be legally responsible for injuries someone suffered from falling, the property owner must have caused the dangerous surface (such as a spill or worn spot), did nothing about the hazard, and should have known about the issue. Moreover, the hazard cannot be open and obvious.
In rental properties, landlords can be held responsible for an injury to the tenant. The tenant would need to prove that the landlord was responsible for the upkeep of the property and removing any tripping or slipping hazards.
Proving responsibility in a slip-and-fall case can be difficult, but our slip and fall attorneys are experienced in pursuing these types of cases. If you’ve been injured in a slip-and-fall on someone else’s property, contact one of our attorneys to determine what legal options you may have.