Property owners and possessors have a duty to maintain their premises. If you trip, slip or fall on someone else's property, they may be legally responsible for your injuries if it can be demonstrated that your accident occurred because they did not take appropriate precautions or neglected to correct a problem.
A property owner will likely be held liable for a slip and fall accident that occurs on their location's stairs if the owner was aware that the stairs were in poor condition. However, ignorance is not an excuse. The owner will also be found liable if the danger presented by the stairway's condition has existed long enough that they should have been aware of it. A property owner might be responsible for a slip and fall accident on the stairway if:
Slips and falls involving elevators can occur when there is dropping of the car, leveling issues or door malfunctions. In escalators, these accidents may result from a sudden, irregular movement of the escalator or when hands, feet, clothing or personal items become entrapped in the machinery. Because escalators and elevators are designed to carry passengers, property owners often have a higher legal duty with regards to these machines. Liability issues may arise if:
While floors covered with carpets, mats and rugs tend to be less slippery than bare floors, slips and falls can still occur, and the property owner might be deemed responsible if they have failed to properly maintain the floor. For example, a property owner will likely be held liable for slips and falls, on this type of flooring if:
Property owners are expected to clean and maintain floors in a manner that minimizes the danger to people using the property. They may be held responsible for any slips or falls that occur if:
To learn more about slip and fall accidents, property owners' responsibilities and liability issues, schedule a consultation with Kaufman & Lynd today.
While the term “Slip and Fall” may seem frivolous, the injuries that happen from poorly maintained areas can exist for a lifetime.
Slips and falls are exceedingly common, but many people who are injured in such accidents struggle to get the compensation they deserve. If you have been injured in a slip and fall, you need to learn about the burden of proof needed to win your case.
A slip and fall claim is a common type of personal injury lawsuit. Various conditions are responsible for causing slip and fall accidents. During summer, small children and older seniors are more likely to slip and fall when they rush into a store during a Florida afternoon thunderstorm.
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