Slip and Fall Injuries
What Causes Injury?
- Wet or Slippery Floors
- Missing Floor Mats
- Slick Tile Around Pool
- Ripped or Torn Carpet
- Improper Removal of Ice or Snow
- Poorly Maintained Landscaping
- Broken Sidewalk Concrete
- Object or Liquid Spill
What is a Slip and Fall Injury
The phase ‘slip and fall’ refers to a personal injury case in which a person was injured after a fall. The key to these cases is that the injury resulted from hazardous conditions on someone else’s property. This is because ‘slip and fall’ cases fall under the category of ‘premise liability.’
“Premise Liability: Premises liability law is the body of law which makes the person who is in possession of land or premises responsible for certain injuries suffered by persons who are present on the premises.”
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Many things can cause a person to slip and injury his or herself. Inside, a piece of torn carpet or missing floor mats can create dangerous conditions for those around. Outside, failure to properly remove ice or snow, slick tile material around a local pool, or poorly maintained landscaping can all lead to ‘slip and fall’ injuries.
The key to winning premise liability cases revolves around the existence of negligence. Did the property owner know about the dangerous conditions or should they have known? Did the owner of the premise or an employee create the dangerous conditions? Were appropriate warning signs or barriers placed around the obstacle? Were appropriate steps taken to repair or remedy the dangerous situation?
Elements of Slip and Fall Case
In a ‘slip and fall’ premise liability case, the burden is on the plaintiff to prove that the property owner was negligent in way they constructed or maintained their property. In order to receive compensation for your injury, you will need to consider the following:
You must show that property conditions at the time of your injury were unsafe and that the property owner knew or should have known about the conditions, and that they could cause harm.
You must show that the unsafe conditions directly caused your accident and subsequent injury. By definition, this is more than just the presence of the unsafe conditions at the time of injury
You must show tangible losses resulting directly from your injury, including medical bills, time off work, or intangible damages, such as pain and suffering, loss of companionship, or disability.
You must show that the responsible party is able to compensate your for your damages. In most cases, there will be an insurance policy in place to protect against such injury claims.
Because providing sufficient evidence in a ‘slip and fall’ personal injury case can be difficult, and many laws now support property owners, it is important that you consult with an experienced attorney regarding the details of your case.