A slip and fall accident is very common. When it happens, it often results in injuries. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you may wonder if you can make an injury claim. To win your case, you must prove that someone else, especially a property owner, is responsible for your injuries.
It is a property owner’s duty to keep their property in a reasonably safe condition. They must ensure that the property is free of hazardous conditions. However, this does not mean that everyone who slips and falls on someone else’s property can hold the owner liable. To hold a property owner responsible, a victim must prove the following:
- The property owner should have known of the hazardous condition on his or her property, such as a pothole or a slippery or uneven walking surface, and should have taken the necessary steps to fix it.
- The property owner was aware of the hazardous condition, but did nothing to repair or fix it.
- The property owner caused the hazardous condition.
How do you prove negligence?
To prove that a property owner was negligent, a victim should consider the following:
- Did the hazardous condition exist long enough for a property owner to take necessary action?
- Is there a policy of routinely checking for potential hazards on the property? If so, was the procedure followed immediately before the accident?
- Was the potential hazard intentionally created? Was there a reasonable justification for creating such a hazard?
- Would it have been possible to prevent the hazardous condition by relocating it, placing adequate warning signs in the area, providing prevention related treatment to the surface or preventing access to the location?
- Was the accident caused by poor lighting or limited visibility?
Contact Our Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact Jacoby & Meyers. For over 40 years, we have been helping slip and fall accident victims recover the compensation they deserve and require for recovery. To speak with one of our lawyers, 1-877-504-5562 or email [email protected].