Understanding Liability in a Slip and Fall Claim
After being involved in a slip and fall accident, the property owner could be held liable for your injuries. However, determining who is responsible for a slip and fall accident comes down to proving negligence. Here’s how the process works.
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Every property owner must maintain the premises to a reasonable standard and ensure that any hazardous conditions are addressed promptly to avoid any potential accidents. To prove a property owner was negligent, you must prove the following:
- The property owner was aware of the dangerous and hazardous conditions.
- The owner or employees knew of the hazardous condition but failed to fix it.
- The owner of the property caused the dangerous condition.
Common Hazardous Conditions that Cause Slip and Falls
Whether on public or private property, the following conditions are common ways visitors can sustain a severe injury:
- Broken/cracked flooring.
- Wet/slippery/waxy floors.
- Missing handrails.
- Uneven/broken steps.
- Poor lighting.
- Loose rugs.
- Torn carpets.
- Potholes on sidewalks/parking lots.
- Ice or snow on-premises.
- Objects in a pathway or walkway.
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Providing Evidence in Your Slip and Fall Case
When pursuing a slip and fall accident claim, it’s critical to have evidence to prove that the property owner’s negligence caused your injuries. You may be required to submit evidence such as the following:
- Medical records.
- Medical bills.
- Receipts for out-of-pocket expenses related to your accident.
- Accident reports.
- Statements from witnesses.
Security camera footage and photos of the hazardous condition are also helpful for pursuing slip and fall claims.
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Hurt in a Slip and Fall Accident? We Are Here For You.
Slip and fall accidents can be serious, and when it causes a catastrophic injury, the consequences can be life-altering. If you’ve been hurt in a slip and fall accident, Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi, PLC is here to help you seek justice.
Don’t take on the insurance companies alone. We are there to help you receive the maximum compensation you deserve. From recovering medical costs and lost income to property damage and more, we’ll guide you through every step.