At some point we all slip and fall – whether it’s on public or private property. Most of the time, we weren’t being careful, we weren’t paying attention or we were just clumsy, but sometimes the accident is not due to our own negligence. Sometimes the slip and fall accident is due to an owner who failed to take the time to maintain their property correctly. And unfortunately, not everyone who takes a fall is able to walk it off with just a scrape or two.
There are a number of reasons that a slip and fall accident may occur on someone else’s property and not all of them are due to negligence on the part of the owner. Property owners are not always the at-fault party. There are even certain situations in which the fault for the accident would rest on the shoulders of the person who slipped and fell. If you have been injured due to a fall on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation for the injury and the financial losses you incurred as a result of the incident. To determine if you have a valid slip and fall claim, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to evaluate your circumstances. You want a professional’s opinion to help you determine if you need to go through the process or if doing so would be an effort in futility.
You and Your Attorney Will Discuss a Number of Factors to Determine if You Have a Valid Slip & Fall Claim:
- Potential Unsafe Conditions: Were there any unsafe conditions on the property such as accumulated ice or snow, damaged sidewalks or walkways, debris or obstacles in walkways, potholes, slippery/wet floors, uneven surfaces, etc.
- Notice to the Property Owner: When a property owner is not aware of a dangerous condition on their property, they cannot be held responsible for a slip and fall accident. They are provided with a reasonable period of time to find and correct dangerous conditions by law.
- Posted Warnings: If a property owner is aware of a dangerous condition on their property, they are required by law to post warnings of the danger visible to visitors to the property. If they do not, they can be held responsible for failing to comply with this requirement.
Remember that when you are on someone else’s property, you have certain responsibilities. This is particularly true if a dangerous condition exists on the property. For example, if you are on someone else’s property and there is a large spill that leaves the floor wet/slippery, you should purposefully stay away from the area in order to stay safe and avoid injury. In cases where you are found to be partly responsible for slipping and falling to the floor, it could negatively affect any personal injury claim you file. If you have other questions about when to file a personal injury claim and what makes a valid slip and fall claim, please get in touch with one of the experienced personal injury attorneys at Aronow Law PC today.