Slip and fall injuries result from the dangerous conditions of another’s person property. Such injuries may occur because accidents cause by damaged flooring, wet areas, poorly lighted steps, weather-related conditions, icy patches, sidewalk cracks, open manholes or a number of other unforeseen things. The fault of these accidents can be the property owner, a renter or construction company.
Determining liability in a slip and fall case can be very difficult. In general, an injured victim will have to demonstrate one of three things to have a legitimate liability claim in a slip and fall case:
- The owner of the property caused the dangerous condition that led to the slip and fall injury.
- The property owner knew about the dangerous condition and took no steps to correct the problem.
- Finally, the property owner should have known about the dangerous condition and taken the proper and reasonable steps to correct the problem.
Slip and fall accident cases take careful scrutiny. Some factors that the court takes into account are how long the dangerous situation had existed, whether the property owner’s attempts to fix the problem were reasonable and proper and if there was any comparative negligence on behalf of the injured party.
For example if the slip and fall occurred where the injured person was in an area of a supermarket or store that has heavy traffic, the store might have a greater duty than an area that receives little or no traffic from the public.