Who is liable in a slip-and-fall accident?
You have likely slipped and fallen many times throughout your life. This type of incident is relatively common, and in many cases, you may have been able to get back up and brush yourself off without much injury aside from embarrassment. On the other hand, you may have suffered serious injuries in a slip-and-fall accident that took place on property owned by another individual.
In cases where your injuries resulted due to unsafe conditions, you may have cause to file a legal claim against the parties considered liable. However, you would need to prove that another individual was responsible. Therefore, you may want to fully assess your accident and the circumstances surrounding it.
While you assess your situation, you may want to determine whether the owner of the property took the proper steps to prevent such an accident. For example, if an area has wet floors regularly, owners should have drainage grates to help reduce slip risks and warning signs indicating the wet conditions. Though the owner has a responsibility to keep conditions safe for workers and patrons alike, individuals also need to make sure they stay aware of their surroundings and take care when risks are present.
Your case may hinge on different aspects that could point toward a property owner being liable for your injuries. One situation could have involved an unsafe condition that the owner should have known about because another person in that position would have been aware of it. Another possibility is that the owner did know of the safety issue but did not take steps to address it, or potentially, the owner contributed to the danger by causing a spill or other hazard.
Supporting your claim
In order for your case to move forward, you will need to support your claim that the owner was liable for your injuries. Under certain conditions, you may need to prove that an unsafe hazard was present for an unreasonable amount of time. If your incident involved tripping over an object, you may need to prove that there was no legitimate or purposeful reason for the object to have been in that location.