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Understanding slip-and-fall accidents

When you enter the property of another, you don't often wonder if it is safe to be there. Upon entering a store, restaurant or any other public place, you are under the impression that the owner has taken measure to ensure the safety of visitors and patrons. Nonetheless, dangerous situations can occur. When a patron is injured in a slip-and-fall accident, it is possible to hold the owner of the establishment liable.

A slip-and-fall accident is likely unexpected. However, the results can be devastating. There are many dangerous conditions that could result in a slip-and-fall incident. This could include conditions such as torn carpeting, poor lighting, narrow stairs, changes in flooring or wet floor. Additionally, a person could suffer a fall injury from poor or dangerous conditions outside of an establishment. This could include broken or cracked sidewalks or even weather-induced hazards such as rain, ice, snow and even potholes.

When a person suffers an injury due to a fall at the property of another, it is possible to hold the property owner liable for the situation. In order to do so, the injured victim must prove at least one of three conditions. This includes establishing that the owner created the condition, the owner knew the condition existed and negligently failed to correct it or the owner should have known about the condition because it has existed for such a length of time before the slip-and-fall incident occurred.

If it is established that a property owner is liable, an injured party could hold them liable through a premise liability suit. This could help the injured party collect compensation. This financial award could help offset damages such as medical bills, rehabilitation and lost wages.

Source: Findlaw.com, "Slip and Fall Accidents Overview," accessed July 9, 2017

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