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Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer
Slip and fall accidents occur fairly often and can happen nearly anywhere. Depending on the location and satiation, the property owner may or may not be liable for the injured party’s medical expenses.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, you should consider consulting a local personal injury attorney to see if the property owner could be legally responsible for your injuries. It’s in your best interest to contact an attorney as soon as possible after your injury occurs, because there are time limits on when injured person can file a personal injury lawsuit.
Conditions That Make an Accident More Likely
People just trip and fall sometimes, but there are numerous conditions that can make a slip and fall accident more likely. Common reasons for slip and fall accidents indoors are that the floor is wet, improperly waxed, or if carpet is torn or bulging. Outdoor accidents can occur due to weather conditions, such as ice or snow, or even inadequate lighting can play a role. Poor maintenance of parking lots or sidewalks is another common reason for a slip and fall injury.
Not every type of condition will result in the property owner being held liable for the injuries. Generally, liability will depend on whether appropriate action was taken to correct the problem or warn people of the problem. For example, while mopping, waxing, or polishing the floor is perfectly acceptable, it’s important adequate warnings are provided to signal possibly dangerous walking conditions or provide barriers to ovoid affected areas.
Liability of the Property Owner
A property owner has a duty to maintain reasonably safe conditions on his or her property. A person will likely win their case if they can prove that the property owner knew or should have known about the dangerous condition, and didn’t fix it. There are various factors that come into play in these situations, such as, how long the dangerous condition had been present and the injured person’s own conduct.
Many states follow the comparative negligence rule in regards slip and fall accidents. The theory of comparative negligence states that if a person contributes to the accident, his or her award for injuries and other damages will be lessened by the amount that he or she was at fault. For example, if a person was texting on his or her cell phone and, in distraction, failed to see a warning sign, he or she will most likely be found comparatively negligent. The amount or percentage that a person is comparatively negligent is determined in court by a judge or jury.