Slip and fall accidents take place all the time. You could take a tumble on a wet floor in an office building. Many people stumble on stairways in apartment buildings. And other people may slip and fall due to unsafe conditions in malls, common areas, or many kinds of private property. The bottom line is that a person can slip or trip and fall just about anywhere and anytime.
Cases such as these fall under the broad spectrum of law known as premises liability, which means that you suffer an injury while on the premises of a property that is owned or maintained by someone else.
Slip and fall accidents can produce minor scrapes and cuts or can be much more serious, resulting in broken bones, back and neck injuries, or a host of other traumas.
Negligence Is a Part of the Equation
To win a case, a slip and fall attorney must be able to prove not only which party was responsible, but that they were negligent in maintaining a safe environment.
For this to happen, it is not enough for the condition to exist, the property owner must have also known that the substandard condition existed. Also, they must have had an opportunity to correct it. Conversely, a property owner can’t be held liable if they did not know a dangerous or hazardous condition existed. For example, if lights burn out in a communal area and created a dark situation, but the property owner did not know the bulbs were burned out, it may give them a credible excuse if somebody slips and falls due to low or non-existent lighting.
Several guidelines and laws are in place regarding legal requirements for safety on various types of properties, and an attorney can often use this to a plaintiff’s advantage after an accident occurs.
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