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Who is liable for a slip and fall accident?

On Behalf of | Jun 1, 2021 | Personal Injury |

Slip and fall accidents can result in unexpected, and serious, injuries. For that reason, victims of slip and fall accidents should under slip and fall accident liability and how they may be able to receive help with their damages through a personal injury claim for damages.

Liability for slip and fall accidents

Premises liability law is the area of the law that protects victims from slip and fall accidents and other accidents and injuries that occur because of a dangerous property condition. The property owner or possessor may be liable for harm caused by a dangerous property condition;

  • When the property owner or possessor, or their employee, should have known of the dangerous property condition because another reasonable person would have known of it and they should have fixed it.
  • When the property owner or possessor, or their employee, actually knew of the dangerous property condition but did not fix it.
  • When the property owner or possessor, or their employee, caused the dangerous property condition such as a spill or broken flooring.

Property owners generally have a duty to remedy dangerous property conditions they know about, or should know about, or warn of the potential danger. Victims of a slip and fall accident may be able to recover compensation for their injuries, medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages through a premises liability claim against a negligent property owner or possessor.

Legal recourse for victims

Victims can suffer extensive head, neck and back injuries, broken bones, spinal cord injuries or other harm in a slip and fall or trip and fall accident. Spills, uneven pavement or a parking lot that is not properly maintained can all result in slip and fall accidents. For that reason, victims should know how they may be able to obtain help with their physical, financial and emotional damages.