All property owners, residential and commercial, have the duty to ensure safe environments for visitors. If you have been harmed by a hazardous condition on another’s property, whether a sidewalk, personal residence, restaurant, mall, hotel, office building, school, park, theater, museum or other property, you may be eligible to file a premises liability claim and receive compensation for your injury.
Lawsuits based on “slip and fall” injuries are among the most common types of premises liability claims. These injuries commonly occur due to uneven or slippery surfaces, but can also be the result of:
- crumbling stairs
- wet floors
- exposed electrical wiring
- raised flooring
- falling debris
- obstructed pathways
- poorly lit walkways
Liability in Slip and Fall Cases
Although premises liability law seeks to protect parties who are injured as the result of the property owner’s negligence, it is often difficult to prove liability. For your claim to be successful, you must show that the property owner knew about the hazardous situation (or reasonably should have known about it) and failed to correct it in a timely manner, and that the action or inaction of the property owner caused the condition which led to your injury.
Proving the case may be especially difficult if the owner corrected the hazardous condition before evidence was collected. To further complicate the analysis, many other factors must be considered in assessing liability. For example, the duty of care owed to a visitor may vary depending on the reason the visitor was on the property, and whether or not the property owner had explicitly or implicitly invited him or her onto the property.
Talk to an Experienced Slip and Fall Attorney
Give yourself the best opportunity to build a strong case by connecting with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney. When you retain our firm, we put our resources and experience to work to help you collect compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and even emotional trauma.
Our personal injury law firm can assess the circumstances surrounding your injury and help determine the applicable duty of care, and whether the property owner failed to maintain his or her property or to properly warn of hazardous conditions. Our compassionate injury attorneys consider all of these factors and will represent you aggressively so you can take care of what is most important—recovering from your injury and regaining your health.