Slip and Fall
Property owners and operators must take steps to ensure that their property is reasonably safe from any unreasonably dangerous or defective conditions.  

Inside a building, dangerous conditions such as torn carpeting, poor lighting, narrow stairs, or a wet floor can cause you to slip and hurt yourself.  Outside of a building, you may slip and fall because of a hidden hazard, such as a gap or hard to see pothole in the ground or changes in concrete elevation.  Slip and fall accidents can occur on commercial as well as residential or public property. Regardless of where they happen, all property or building owners have a certain level of responsibility (duty of care) to make sure an environment is safe.

Slip and fall accidents are the most common type of "premises liability" claims, which center on the question of a property owners duty to care for the property. 

 

  


The law requires certain duties and responsibilities of the property owner which are governed under negligence law.  Generally, the injured party has to prove that the property owner either created the hazard that lead to the accident or that he or she knew or should have known about the condition/danger and had it removed or repaired prior to the accident or at least given warning of the same to persons on the property.  This can often be difficult to prove since exactly knowing when a given hazard first appeared can be challenging to determine.

If you are injured as a result of a trip or slip and fall you should report the accident to either the owner of the property or manager/security personnel at the location and get the names and addresses of any witnesses as well as try to take photos of what caused your fall.