Every year thousands of people are hurt, often seriously, from slipping or tripping and falling on a slick floor, a defective flight of stairs, or an uneven section of land, pavement, or flooring. Property owners are sometimes accountable for such accidents. Slipping, tripping, and falling are among the primary reasons for accidental injuries and can have long-lasting effects on the victims and their families. However, establishing the responsible party for an injury resulting from a slip or trip and fall can be a complex process.
When slip and fall mishaps are caused by other people’s carelessness, including that of property owners, business proprietors, and property management firms that failed to maintain their premises in safe condition, victims have the right to pursue legal action and receive financial compensation for damages incurred.
Determining Liability in Slip and Fall Cases Can be Challenging
For the owner of a site to be legally responsible for injuries sustained from a slip or trip and fall event, one of the following must be true:
Of these scenarios, the third is the most common, but is also more ambiguous than the others due to the phrase “should have known.” Legal responsibility in such cases is most often determined through the use of common sense. Judges and juries decide if the property owner or occupier was sufficiently careful based on whether the actions he or she took to keep the surface safe were reasonable.
Slips or trips and falls can result in a wide array of injuries, from minor fractures to severe head trauma and orthopedic damage that calls for painful surgical treatment, extended recovery periods, and long-term health care. The physical, financial, and psychological toll of such injuries is considerable, and victims should not have to deal with these problems when others are at fault.
If you have suffered an injury from a slip and fall accident, it may be possible for you to pursue legal action against the liable party, usually a property owner, a management company, a homeowners’ association, or another person or group that manages and keeps up a piece of property. The skilled personal injury attorneys at Mike Slocumb Law Firm can guide you step-by-step through the procedures necessary to file a personal injury claim arising from an avoidable slip or trip and fall injury. Contact us for a free case evaluation today.