Slip, trip and fall is when a person is injured on someone’s property. Another name for these cases is “premise liability” and it is the liability that makes a property owner or person who operates a business responsible for injuries by a person on said premises.
When a property owner fails to maintain their property in a safe condition, they can be held legally responsible for injuries a person might suffer. Unsafe and dangerous conditions can include cracked sidewalks, wet and slippery floors, inadequate lighting, stairs or hallways not built to code, floor coverings in disrepair, unsafe shelving and conditions caused by weather like icy entry ways.
To obtain compensation for an injury on someone’s premises, one must usually prove that the accident was caused by a “dangerous condition” and that the property owner was aware of this condition. The dangerous condition is one in which the injured party could not have anticipated and it must have presented an unreasonable risk.
To establish negligence, the personal injury attorney must show one of the following:
- The property owner created the dangerous condition
- The property owner was aware of the condition and failed to fix it
- The dangerous condition was in existence for a time period so that the property owner had opportune time to fix the condition.
An example of negligence would be if a supermarket failed to properly clean up spilled cooking oil in an aisle and also failed to warn shoppers that there was oil on the floor. If a person slipped and broke a hip , the personal injury attorney could argue that the supermarket was negligent in keeping their aisles clean and that an accident was predictable.
A property owner is also negligent if they did not adhere to building codes. For example, building codes specify the rise and run of stairs. However, if a property owner builds the stairs not to code and a person falls on them, then the injured person may have a valid claim against the property owner.
In slip, trip and fall cases on the premises of a business, there may be a number of people who could be held responsible for injuries. The owner of the premises, the business owner or even a maintenance company might be individually or collectively held responsible.
If you or a loved one is injured in a slip, trip and fall accident, you should contact a personal injury attorney who will work to insure your are compensated for your injuries. At The Farber Law Group, we have more than 30 years experience in represent people with personal injuries due to slip, trip and fall. These injuries may include broken bones, skull fracture, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord damage.
Contact The Farber Law Group for a free case evaluation. We have offices in Seattle and Bellevue to assist you.