Slip and Fall Injuries | Property Owners' Liability

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:50 by admin
Personal injuries sustained from a bad slip or fall can cause any number of complications ranging from the simple trauma of a sprained wrist to a life threatening traumatic brain injury. When such slip or fall is caused by the intentional or negligent actions of other people, the victim may have recourse to legal compensation by way of a personal injury lawsuitor pre-trial personal injury settlement.

The phrase "slip and fall" is well recognized in our lawsuit-prone culture. In personal injury legal practice,"slip and fall" deals with the concept of Premises Liability.

An owner of property ("a premises") owes a duty to his guests ("invitees") to keep his property in a reasonably safe condition. So, if you slip and fall on a banana peel while at the local grocery store, your grocer may have breached his duty to provide you, his customer, with a reasonably safe shopping experience. If such a breach caused your injury, you may be entitled to compensation from the grocer.

The primary question hinges on whether or not the condition under dispute is an unreasonably dangerous condition. Just because a banana peel is on the floor does not mean you will necessarily win a slip and fall personal injury case. For instance, if prior to your fall, you threw the banana peel on the floor and its presence there was due to no fault of the grocer's, the grocer may not be liable.

Likewise, if the grocer roped off the area where the banana peel fell, yet you entered that area anyhow, the grocer would probably not be liable.

Regardless of the circumstances surrounding a slip and fall accident, pictures or video surveillance tapes may be of great assistance in obtaining deserved compensation.

Of course, aside from simple slip and falls, there are many other types of injuries that may be sustained on another's property.

Some rather peculiar rules are involved with premises liability. Many judges determine exactly what duty or responsibility a landowner or land possessor owes to another person based on the status of the person who is on the land. That is to say, the owner or possessor owes a different duty to a trespasser than he does to a guest. This can significantly affect the amounts awarded to a plaintiff in a premises liability lawsuit.

If you or a loved one has recently experienced a serious slip and fall injury as the result of the negligent or intentional acts of another person, it could be very important for you to contact a Premises Liability Lawyer who can help you to claim the legal compensation due to you by law. However, because each state has Statutes of Limitation that govern time limits within which you must commence a lawsuit, it is important to do this soon after the injury occurs.

Browse related subjects on this page for more information about specific property liability issues.

See Also

  1. Amusement Parks & Roller Coasters: Overview
  2. Automatic Doors: Overview
  3. Bedbugs
  4. Casino Liability: Overview
  5. Confined Animal Feeding Operations: Overview
  6. Dog Bite
  7. Fitness Center Liability: Overview
  8. Hot Tubs & Spas: Overview
  9. Inadequate Security: Overview
  10. Playground Accidents: Overview
  11. Pool Accidents
  12. Sick Building Syndrome
  13. Ski Resort Liability: Overview
  14. Superstore Liability & Falling Merchandise
  15. Property Owners' Liability: Frequently Asked Questions
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