Slip and Fall Laws
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What Is a Slip and Fall?
Slip and fall is a term that describes an injury sustained when someone slips, trips, or falls on the property of another as the result of a dangerous or hazardous condition. The property owner may be liable for any injuries that occur as a result.
What Are Some Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents?
Slip and fall accidents happen when a careless or negligent property owner creates a dangerous condition on the property or fails to repair a hazardous condition, such as a weakened balcony that eventually collapses. Some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents include:
- Structural Defects: As buildings get older, normal wear and tear can create dangerous conditions for visitors. Cracked sidewalks, torn carpeting and uneven steps are just a few hazards that can cause injury to visitors.
- Weather Hazards: Property owners generally have a duty to make reasonable efforts to minimize the dangerous conditions caused by rough weather. For example, property owners should shovel snow and salt steps and sidewalks to avoid slip and fall accidents in cold and icy weather conditions.
- Building Code Violations: A property owner who fails to ensure that the building is up to code may be liable to a slip and fall victim who is injured as a result of the building's non-compliance.
How Can a Property Owner Be Responsible for a Slip and Fall Injury?
Legal claims for slip and fall injuries use a legal doctrine known as premise liability. Premise liability essentially make the property owner responsible for the safety of people on the property. Under a theory of premise liability, slip and fall claims occur on the basis of negligence. Negligence claims make the property owner responsible for what he or she failed to do to or with the property they are responsible for.
Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
If you or a loved one have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you should speak to a personal injury attorney immediately to learn more about preserving your rights and remedies.
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Last Modified: 06-08-2017 12:56 PM PDT
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