Liability for slip and fall accidents and help for victims
Victims of slip and fall accidents can be seriously injured in a fall in the ice and snow in a parking lot or sidewalk but victims can also be injured in slip and fall accidents year round. It is important for victims to be familiar with the legal protections available to help them when they are injured in a slip and fall accident.
Liability for slip and fall accidents
There are several situations in which the owner or possessor of property may be held liable for the harm and damages victims suffer in a slip and fall accident. These circumstances can include when:
- The owner or possessor of property created the dangerous property condition;
- The owner or possessor knew the dangerous property condition existed and negligently failed to correct it; or
- The dangerous property condition existed for such a period of time that the owner or possessor of the property should have discovered it and remedied it prior to the slip and fall accident that injured the victim.
When the victim was injured on a commercial property such as in a parking lot or at a mall the property owner or possessor of property must have caused the slippery or dangerous condition; must have known of the dangerous property condition and did nothing to remedy it; or should have known of the dangerous property condition because a reasonable property owner or possessor would have discovered the dangerous property condition and remedied it.
Property owners and possessors of property may be liable for the physical, financial and emotional damages of victims injured in a slip and fall accident. Victims and their families should understand the legal resources available to them through a personal injury claim for their damages.