Slip and fall claims refer to injuries that occur when an existing dangerous or hazardous condition results in a person slipping, falling or tripping on another person’s property resulting in an injury. Such personal and accidental injuries are generally included in an area of law referred to as premises liability.
Slip or trip and fall accidents can result in many different kinds of injuries including:
- broken wrists or hands
- spinal cord injury
- hip fracture
- head trauma
- and more
These accidents could happen anywhere. They often occur in parking lots, shopping malls, and grocery stores.
Examples of dangerous conditions that cause someone to slip and fall are:
- poorly lit areas
- uneven or loose flooring
- torn carpeting
- slippery or wet floors
- broken or missing handrails
- weather-related circumstances
- and more
When it comes to slip and fall injuries, liability depends on whether or not the landowner or property manager owed the victim what is called “duty of care” and whether or not the landowner or property manager breached this duty of care. By law, the landowner must act as any reasonable individual would under the same circumstances.
A property owner, for example, may not owe a duty of care to a trespasser.
Of course, individuals are responsible for watching where they are going. If an individual is careless in avoiding the condition or not seeing the hazardous condition that caused the injury, then this oblivious behavior will be taken into consideration under the principle of contributory negligence.
When it comes to slip and fall injuries, the victim must be able to prove that he or she was lawfully on the private property, or was on public property at the time the accident transpired. He or she must also establish that the property owner or manager was aware of the hazardous condition but did not correct it.
Complex legal issues are involved in slip and fall accidents, and it is crucial that you consult with an attorney as soon as possible.
If you are dealing with legal matters concerning slip and fall injuries, contact Ted A. Greve & Associates as soon as possible for a free and confidential consultation. We will help you fight for your rights and will ensure that you are compensated fairly and justly for the injuries you have sustained.