Slip & Fall Accident Questions
What is premises liability?
Premises liability is the area of the law that establishes guidelines regarding duties that a property owner or occupier has to protect entrants from dangerous conditions or defects on the property.
What is a slip and fall or a trip and fall?
A slip & fall or trip & fall is the generic term for any injury happening when someone slips, trips, or falls as a result of a dangerous or hazardous condition on someone else’s property.
What are the common causes of a slip & fall or trip & fall?
Slip and falls/trip and falls often occur as a result of a slippery surface like water, a banana peel, or a grape on the floor of a store or oil in a parking lot. They can also occur due to abrupt changes in flooring, poor lighting, unsafe railings, or a hidden hazard such as gap or hard-to-see hole in the ground.
Where can slip and falls or trip and falls occur?
Slip and falls and trip and falls can happen in many different places, including on public sidewalks and in parking lots, homes, hotels, private property, retail establishments (supermarkets, the mall, gyms), pools, amusement parks, schools, or on the job.
What do you need to do to establish negligence?
To establish negligence the plaintiff must prove that the property owner was “negligent,” which means that the property owner breached the legal duty owed to the injured individual, that the property owner’s specific act or acts of negligence caused the alleged injuries and damages, and that there are substantial damages which justify pursuit of such a case.