Slip & Fall Cases: Who's at Fault?

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A slip and fall case is a personal injury claim where an individual slips, trips, or falls on someone else’s property. This can happen on private or commercial property or could even be on unsafe public property. If this happens to you and you were not at fault, it may be the owner’s negligence for not maintaining their property. Property owners have a responsibility to take reasonable steps to keep their spaces safe and avoid putting others in dangerous situations.

Determine the Parties Involved

If you or someone you know has been injured due to a slip and fall, the first step after seeking medical attention is determining the parties involved. Be sure to record where you were. For example; What sidewalk block? Which floor of the building? Who’s home, house, condo, or apartment? What store? Make sure you document and recall the specifics of the location and property. We can use this information to determine the property owner, contact them, and hopefully establish the property owner’s liability.

Responsibility for Reasonably Safe Conditions

Property owners are responsible for keeping safe conditions as much as possible. However, there are instances where they may not be at fault. If the injured party was injured due to their own carelessness or somehow contributed to the act of injury, they are at fault for their personal injuries. For example; What was the hazard? Was there standing water? An open manhole? What was the property owner’s justification of the hazard? Was it reasonably safe? Were there signs posted? Did the property owner attempt to remedy the hazard? Or choose to ignore the issue? Of course, you won’t always be able to answer all of these questions on your own. That’s where an experienced legal team can help.

If you or someone you love was hurt or injured by a slip and fall caused by someone else’s negligence, we want to help. Contact us today for a free case consultation.

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