When an incident has happened at a private property that is not your own, and you have slipped, tripped and fallen, there may be a premises liability case. It is a property owner's responsibility to ensure that the place is safe for guests, and therefore they are liable if their property is not safe.
This blog will serve as a brief overview on "slip and fall" accidents, and how fault is commonly proven.
How fault is proven
Every situation is different when it comes to proving fault in a premises liability case. It mostly comes down to whether the property owner took care into minimizing risk, or whether they were negligent or careless in some areas, which may have led to the incident.
The judge will look at whether the accident could have been prevented if the property owner was more careful. They will also look at if the property owner knew of the dangerous situation that caused the injury.
To be legally responsible, it must be proven that the owner of the property caused the spill or fault that caused the accident, or that they or someone with responsibility for the property knew about the fault and the associated danger but did not do anything about it.
If you think that you may have a slip and fall claim or you are concerned about whether your injury would be a feasible case in court, it is important to seek trusted legal guidance so that your situation can be assessed.
Source: FindLaw, "Slip and fall injuries," accessed July 21, 2017