Slip and fall accidents seem relatively common when you watch commercials for lawyers on television, but it can be difficult to understand what exactly a slip and fall accident entails, and what you can sue for. Slip and fall is a very simple claim on some levels, but there are some nuances to be aware of.
A slip and fall case is a variety of personal injury case. According to FindLaw, a slip-and-fall case involves one party slipping or tripping on somebody else’s property.
What can cause a slip and fall?
There are a number of dangerous conditions that can cause an individual to slip and fall. These may involve things like an unexpected change in flooring, stairs that are too narrow, lighting that is poor, or wet floors. Broken sidewalks may also cause dangerous slips and falls.
How do I prove fault?
This is the difficult part of a slip-and-fall case. As a slip-and-fall case is a variety of liability claim. This means it is important to be able to prove that your injury was preventable by the party who owns the property. It is also vital to prove your injury would not have happened if the property-owner had been minding the property.
Often, these cases hinge on if the property owner was aware that there was a dangerous condition on his or her property and did not fix the problem. There are multiple ways to establish this. They may include proving that the property owner created the condition to begin with, or that the condition was around for such a length of time that it is impossible that the property owner did not know it existed.