Slip and Fall Accidents – Who is Responsible?
Sometimes a severe injury occurs from a slip and fall accident. Many people wonder about the reason for slip and fall accidents. Who is responsible for the injuries caused by these accidents? If the accident occurred because of someone’s negligence, that party may be held responsible. There are many factors to consider when thinking about these types of accidents.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere. They are often caused by wet or slick surfaces, uneven floors, improperly maintained sidewalks or steps, unsecured rugs, poorly lit parking lots, broken ladders, and obstructed aisles and doorways. These situations are often known to the premises owner but have not been resolved. In cases such as this, the owner may be liable for damages.
Premises Liability in Slip and Fall Cases
Property owners are required to properly maintain and care for their premises. They are liable for injuries that occur due to their negligence. A property owner may be negligent if they are aware of a dangerous condition and do not take steps to fix it. They can also be considered negligent if they should have reasonably known that a condition could cause accidents or injuries, and did not resolve it.
What to Do After a Slip and Fall Injury
When a slip and fall accident occurs, the victim may be seriously injured. These types of cases are often complex and can be difficult to prove. If you have fallen on someone else’s premises, there are some things you should do immediately. Report the incident to the owner and make a police report. Take photos of the area where the incident happened. Get the names and contact information for any witnesses. Seek medical treatment for your injuries.
Proving Negligence in Slip and Fall Cases
Although it may seem clear that the owner is responsible for an accident on his premises, the facts of the case must be proven. This can be accomplished more easily with help from an experienced personal injury attorney. Your lawyer will examine the details of the case and review reports and other information that will be gathered. For example, there may be video surveillance footage that shows the accident. If proof of negligence is sufficient, the owner may be liable for medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Contact the personal injury lawyers at Udall Shumway PLC for a consultation to discuss your case.
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