Property owners which include landlords and business owners have an obligation to maintain their premises and make sure that it is safe. If a customer or visitor gets injured in an accident within their premises resulting from the lack of maintenance or reasonable care from the owners to make their property safe, the owner will be legally responsible for the accident.
Slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall accidents still occur all the time in different conditions and situations, including when victims are walking on damaged sidewalks, in icy pathways or parking lots or even in wet store aisles. House-guests could also potentially get into an accident at home if the house has fallen into disrepair, including damaged floors and staircases. In these cases, the owner of the house could be held responsible if reasonable care for safety within the house was not maintained.
If you have been in a slip and fall accident, you should seek medical attention for possible injuries. Afterward, it is a good idea to find the help of an attorney to be able to receive compensation for the damages and injuries that you have sustained. An attorney will be able to help you determine the requirements for filing a claim for your slip and fall accident as well as be able to guide you through the steps.
Personal injury claims for slip and fall accidents are governed by an area of the law known as premises liability. In order for your premises liability claim to be successful, you need to show that the property or business owner had prior knowledge of the dangerous condition that led to your slip and fall injuries. Together with your attorney, you will need to prove one of these things:
1. That the store or property owner or one of the employees caused the slippery or dangerous condition.
2. That the store or property owner or one of the employees saw the slippery condition and have done nothing
3. That the slippery or dangerous condition was on the floor so long that the store or property owner or one of the employees should have been aware of it.
It is important to remember that there are several exceptions to the basic laws outlined above, particularly if you are dealing with slip-and-fall accidents caused by snow and ice in parking lots or sidewalks. If you are dealing with a slip and fall accident, it is best to contact an attorney who is experienced in slip and fall accidents to know what your options are.