October 29, 2014 • Slip and Fall
Slipping or tripping on a wet or slippery floor, ground, or stairs is a common occurrence and has happened to everyone at some point of their lives. It is quite normal to have something trip on a particular surface and if you trip, you can’t always hold the owner of a property responsible for it. If you aren’t looking where you are going, there is a possibility that you might be at fault.
When Slip and Fall Accidents Lead to Liability
Establishing whether the owner of a property is responsible for you having tripped or fallen within the premises, is a gray area. There are no accurate parameters with which to judge this. Every case is determined by whether the owner acted cautiously to ensure that people were not likely to trip and fall, or if the person who tripped was negligent enough not to look where they were going. An owner or employee of an owner can be held responsible for injuries you might have suffered from tripping, slipping, or falling if:
While the third case is the most common, it is very difficult to prove what a person ‘should have known’ due to the ambiguity of the situation. Common sense often determines liability in these cases. The law assesses whether the steps that the owner or employee took in order to keep the property safe were adequate and reasonable.
How to Denote/Decide if You have a Case?
If you have been the victim of a slip and fall accident, there are a few things you need to ask in order to determine if the owner of the property may be held liable for your injuries.
A personal injury lawyer will be able to assess your case from all angles and suggest the best course of action for your slip and fall accident case. This is their domain!