Slip and Fall Accident Questions
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What is a Slip and Fall Accident?
“Slip and fall” is a type of personal injury case where a person slips, trips and/or falls, and is injured on someone else’s property. Slip and fall accidents usually occur on property owned or maintained by another, and the owner or possessor of the property can be held responsible.
Dangerous conditions like uneven floors, torn carpet, poor lighting, wet floors, narrow stairs, can all contribute to someone getting hurt.
How is a slip and fall case proven?
In order to prove that a property owner knew of a dangerous condition, it must be shown that:
Who can I hold responsible for a slip, trip and fall accident?
- The owner/possessor created the dangerous condition
- They knew that the condition existed and neglectfully failed to correct it
- The condition existed for a long enough time that the owner reasonably should have known about the condition and have corrected it
In order to recover for a slip and fall injury, there must be someone responsible for causing the injury. Many people do not realize that some injuries are simply accidents caused by their own carelessness. For instance, if someone trips because he was not looking where he was going, he cannot sue the property owner. An injured person might still be able to recover if the owner is proven to be partly responsible, but the amount awarded would be less.
Can I sue my landlord for a slip, trip and fall injury?
Landlords may also be held accountable to tenants and/or third parties for slip, trip and fall injuries. To hold a landlord responsible, you must show that:
What should I do after a slip and fall accident?
- The landlord could control the conditions that caused the injury
- Repairing the issue would not have been too expensive and/or difficult
- It was foreseeable that an injury would occur if the condition was not fixed
- The landlord failed to take reasonable actions steps to avoid the condition
Take notes about the incident and your injuries. The two main things that are important are:
- What exactly happened to give rise to the claim?
- What kind of injury/harm was incurred?
We realize that taking notes will most likely be the last thing on your mind after a such an experience, but remember that it will help you with your case and help you prove your injuries. As soon as you can, write down everything you can think of that relates to what exactly happened before, during, and after the incident that led to your injury, such as: time and place, weather conditions, who was there, what was said and by who, how it all played out, what you experienced, how you felt, and anything else that might be important.
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