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Slip and fall accidents are those that occur on someone else's property and could be due to the owner's negligence in fixing a potential issue. These accidents, like any other, can leave you out of work and with stacked medical bills. You should not be the one responsible financially for someone else's inattention and with the help of an attorney, you don't have to be.

Slip & Fall Accidents

Property Owner Negligence Can Cause Serious Injuries

Slip and falls are legally referred to as "premises liability" cases. What this means is that the owner of the property is the one responsible for attending to the upkeep of the grounds. Property owners are responsible for inspecting their area, tending to known hazards, and letting visitors know that a hazard may exist. Failure to do so can result in a visitor getting injured and in that case, the owner will be held liable. If you have been injured due to an owner's negligence in maintaining their property or allowing you onto their property under dangerous conditions, you may be entitled to a financial settlement.

National Slip and Fall Facts & Stats

According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, in 2015 there were approximately 33,000 deaths from unintentional falls throughout the United States.
Slip and falls are the leading cause of workers' compensation cases according to the National Floor Safety Institute.
The National Floor Safety Institute also revealed that falls are the second leading cause of injury-related death for adults aged 65-84. In adults aged 85+ falls are the number one leading cause of injury-related death.
The most common injury obtained from slip and falls are fractures.

How to Prove a Slip and Fall Case

Prove Liability
Prove Negligence
Prove Relationship
Show Suffering

1. Prove Liability Prove Liability

You must be able to provide proof that the defendant was legally liable for maintaining the property of where the injury occurred. This means that you must prove that the defendant owned, leased, or was residing at the property during the time of injury.

2. Prove Negligence Prove Negligence

Next, you must be able to prove that the property owner was negligent in that they did not provide the correct level of care and safety required depending on what type of visitors they allow.

3. Prove Relationship Prove Relationship Between Injury and Negligence

After determining their negligence, you must prove that because of their carelessness or failure to properly maintain their property your injury was caused. There has to be a direct relationship between the two.

4. Show Suffering Show Suffering or Harm

The last step in proving a slip and fall case is being able to show that you suffered real harm or damage. This could be shown in the form of hospital records, medical bills, or records of lost wages. This piece of information shows that your life was altered from this event and you are having to recover.

Slip and Falls

  • Premises Liability
Premises liability is the technical term for slip and fall accidents. This means that the owner of the property is the one responsible for attending to the upkeep of the grounds.

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