When Property Owners are Liable for a Slip and Fall Injuries

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When Might a Property Owner be Liable for a Slip and Fall Injury?

If you are the victim of a slip and fall accident, the owner of the property where you were hurt might be legally responsible for your injury. 

How Is Liability Determined?

While there is no cut and dry way to determine liability, you would generally need to show that the property owner was negligent in regards to the dangerous condition that led to your injury.

The easiest way to do this is to show that the property owner actually caused the condition that led to your accident.  This may be something as simple as the owner spilling something on the floor and not cleaning it up.

What If the Property Owner Did Not Create the Dangerous Condition?

Even if the property owner did not cause the condition, he or she can still be held liable if they knew of the dangerous condition and did not try to correct it.  For example, if the owner was made aware of a spill on the floor, but did not clean it up or place a warning sign.

A property owner may also be held liable for injuries resulting from a dangerous condition that they did not know about, but should have known about.  This can be difficult to prove. For example, if a customer in a store spilled something on the floor and you slipped five minutes later, the property owner is probably not going to be found liable.  However, if you slipped on the spill five hours later, the owner is much more likely to be found legally responsible for your injuries.

Should I Consult an Attorney?

If you are the victim of a slip and fall injury, you should consult with a lawyer as soon as possible.  An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to review the facts and recommend your best course of action.

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Last Modified: 01-13-2014 12:50 PM PST

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