Trip-and-Fall Lawsuits: Who Can Sue

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What Is a Trip and Fall?

Trip-and-fall lawsuits involve at first a trip, where a person’s foot encounters an abrupt object coming up from the ground, which results in a fall to the ground. One may have heard of a slip-and-fall lawsuit, where the precipitating event is a slip, as opposed to a trip

Property owners are usually responsible for injuries that occur on their property, especially if the danger is not obvious but was known to the owner at the time of injury. Dangerous conditions such as torn carpeting, changes in flooring, poor lighting, narrow stairs, wet floors, cracked sidewalks, or hidden hazards can cause slip and fall accidents.

Who Can I Sue for a Trip and Fall?

If you were injured do to a trip and fall incident, then you may be able to sue the property owner. You will need to show some legal relationship with the person in charge of the property, such that the person in charge had some legal duty to protect or warn against dangers.

How Is Liability Determined?

To bring a claim for injuries suffered from slipping or tripping on the property of another, you must prove one of the following:

  1. The owner of the premises or an employee must have caused premises to be unsafe.
  2. The owner of the premises or an employee must have known of the unsafe premises failed to take measures to remedy the condition.
  3. The owner of the premises or an employee should have known of the unsafe condition on the premises because a "reasonable" person taking care of the property would have discovered and removed or repaired it.

An owner would be negligent if he or she did not exercise reasonable care in keeping the premises in a safe condition.

For the injured party, it is important to show that you were not careless in failing to avoid an injury.

How Can I Prevent Accidents on My Property?

The best way to avoid liability is to keep your property free from hazards. Regularly perform inspections for unsafe or hazardous conditions. When necessary, perform maintenance immediately.

Do I Need a Lawyer to Sue for a Trip and Fall?

If you have been injured by a trip and fall you should contact a personal injury attorney who can evaluate the strength of your case. If you are being sued for liability for a trip and fall, you should speak with an attorney who can defend your case and evaluate your options.

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Last Modified: 06-18-2014 11:36 AM PDT

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