Slip and fall cases happen when a person slips, trips and falls on another person's or company's property.
Slip and fall accidents are a type of personal injury case.
A lawsuit may be filed on the premise that fault lies on the owner of the property where the slip and fall accident occurred. A victim may be able to obtain an award of damages if they can prove liability.
How do you determine fault in slip and fall cases?
To determine fault you have to look at two factors:
First, was the person who accidentally slipped and fell being careless and second, did the commercial or residential property owner go to reasonable lengths to try to prevent these accidents from occurring?
In regards to the first factor, it's important to look at whether or not the injured party could have easily anticipated the hazards and avoided them.
In regards to the second factor, and for the injured party to really prove their case, they have to show that the residential or commercial property owner was negligent. They need to prove that they were aware of the hazard and they did not take timely measures to remedy the situation.
It's a commercial or residential owner's responsibility to make sure their properties are free from harm and danger. You may be entitled to compensation if you suffered injury due to an owner's negligence. Find out more by contacting a personal injury attorney about the specifics of your case.
Examples of slip and fall cases:
Wet floors and no wet floor signs;
Dangerous and defective stairways;
Something hazardous on the floor in a crowded business area that caused someone to trip and fall (evidence would be needed to show that the hazard had been there a long time and management had no taken reasonable steps to remedy the problem).