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What Qualifies as a Slip-and-Fall Accident, and How do I Know if I Have a Case?

 

If I fall on someone else’s property, can I sue?

Just because you fell on someone’s property and got hurt does not mean that you have a legal case and can sue. On the contrary, in order for me to prove that you have a case as a result of a fall, I have to prove:

  • That the property owner knew of the dangerous condition,
  • That the property owner had sufficient time to repair the dangerous condition and didn’t do anything about it.
  • That, as a result of the defect caused by the property owner, you the accident victim fell and got hurt.

Without that, there is no case whatsoever.

 

What does “notice” mean in my slip-and-fall injury case?

Establishing notice indicates that the property owner was aware that there was a defect on the property but neglected to correct it. It is a crucial element in a personal injury case as it can prove negligence.

 

When do I know if I have a case for a slip and fall accident?

Slip and fall cases can arise in an instant, and can often result in a serious injury to the victim. A property owner has a duty to maintain the property in a manner that is safe for visitors. A breach of this duty that causes injury can result in liability. If you have been injured by the negligence of a property owner, the best thing to do is to seek medical attention and consult an experienced personal injury attorney.

 

What are the most common types of slip and fall scenarios?

A slip and fall accident can occur any place that is negligently maintained. However, many times these types of accidents occur on:

  • Slippery sidewalks, parking lots, and other surface areas involving snow and ice
  • Unmaintained parking lots
  • Stairwells with poor lighting or faulty handrails
  • Surfaces where there is a slippery material
  • Surfaces made of material that is slippery by its very nature
  • Torn or concealed carpeting or other poorly maintained flooring

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