Slip and Fall Accidents

Most people trip and get back up instantly, unharmed. However, some may experience recurrent medical issues or may even die from complications after falling.

When a slippery liquid or a misplaced object trips someone in public, the victim or the victim’s family may be entitled to compensation. In general, it is the responsibility of the property owner to ensure that the land or building is safe for others. However, determining if the property owner is at fault may be complicated. Laws on the subject are somewhat vague, and it is vital to prove the “reasonableness” of the property owner’s actions. If a property is not examined or cleaned regularly, for instance, and someone falls on a puddle caused by a leak, then the property owner may be held accountable for any consequent injuries. On the other hand, if that leak started the morning of the incident, the property owner may not legally be at fault.

Victims in most states must also prove that they were not being careless or clumsy. For example, if someone was sending a text message at the time of the slip, they may be held partially accountable for their own injuries.

According to Hach & Rose, LLP, a law firm in New York City, some common causes of slip and fall accidents include slippery flooring, bad lighting, or deep cracks in sidewalks. These are things that can and should be avoided; some cases of wrongful death have occurred where a victim dies from a fall due to someone’s negligence.

When someone has experienced injury or death from a situation that should have been avoided, it may be wise to seek legal representation.

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