Find the Right Slip and Fall Attorneys

If you are on someone else's property, and are injured after slipping and falling, you may have a claim against the property owner. Slip and fall cases fall into an area of law known as premises liability: the law governing the duty landowners have to help ensure that their property is reasonably safe for people visiting it.

Slip and fall cases are most common in large businesses which are open to the public, such as grocery stores, hotels, shopping malls, etc. This is because such establishments invite the public onto their premises, and impose onto themselves a slightly elevated duty of care. And, perhaps more cynically, they work the estimated costs of these types of lawsuits into their budgets, and are therefore usually willing to settle, if a case has any merit.

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Finding the Right Slip and Fall Attorneys

Slips and falls are some of the most common cases in premises liability law, simply because they're one of the most common sources of injury in public spaces. It must be noted that simply falling because of one's own clumsiness or carelessness is not sufficient to create liability. It must be shown that the owner of the property created conditions that made a slip and fall more likely. Read more.


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Frequent Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

Most often, this means failing to clean up a spilled liquid. However, ice cubes, sand, and single pieces of food (such as bananas and grapes) can also cause people to slip and fall, and property owners, particularly at locations where these things are common (like grocery stores), need to be mindful of this.

Generally, a negligence standard is applied in these cases. This means that, in order to win a slip and fall case, you have to show that the landowner failed to exercise "reasonable care" - to do what a reasonable person would have done in the same situation. For example, failing to clean up a spill in a timely manner would probably constitute negligence. Generally, once a manager or owner becomes aware of a dangerous condition, they are expected to remedy it as quickly as possible.

However, it's not necessarily required that the owner had actual notice of the dangerous condition for liability to be imposed. If the condition existed for so long that the owner reasonably should have known that it was present, they will be treated as if they knew about it. This is known as 'constructive notice."


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