The term “slip and fall” refers to incidents where a person literally slips or falls on someone Else’s property. If the person is injured then this falls under a “premises liability” case and the property owner may be held legally responsible for that person’s injury.
Several Dangerous conditions such as torn carpets, wet floors, changes to flooring, poor lighting and narrow stairs may cause a person to slip, fall and become seriously injured. The same rules apply to someone that falls outside as a result of a cracked sidewalk or falls down a flight of stairs. There is one common denominator that separates a strong case from a weak one and that is the fact that the plaintiff must sustain an injury in order to be compensated.
There is no set way of determining who is responsible for your injuries if you slip and fall. The case is based on 2 important factors. The first is whether the owner of the property took precautions to make the environment safe and secondly, the court will look at whether you were reckless or careless in practicing precaution before you were injured. You must be able to prove that a dangerous condition brought about your injury and in order for the owner to be held liable, you must prove that the owner was aware of this hazardous condition and chose to do noting about it. The dangerous condition must pose an unreasonable risk to the plaintiff and they must be able to prove that they were not aware of the condition. So it must be something that people would not ordinarily look out for. The onus is also on the victim to prove that the owner of that the hazardous condition existed for such a lengthy period of time that the owner should have corrected it prior to the injury happening.
In some cases, with slip and fall injury lawsuits the court may find that the injury was caused by carelessness and lack of precaution on the plaintiffs side. In this case, the plaintiff has failed to bring adequate evidence to light in order for the court to find the owner guilty of negligence and premises liability.
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