Slip-and-Fall Accidents are relatively straightforward in terms of liability: the finger can usually be pointed at the owner or possessor of the building or land. Victims who have slipped and fallen as the result of the property owner’s negligence may be entitled to financial compensation for their injuries.
Here are some common scenarios:
Inadequate Outdoor Lighting
Failing to adequately light an outdoor area may also lead to slip and fall accidents, trips over curbing, falls on a step or stairs from a parking lot to a store, and trips and falls due to holes, cracks, and uneven surfaces. The property owner may be found liable if he or she knew or should have known of the poor lighting and failed to fix the problem.
Parking lot and parking garage owners are responsible for maintaining the property so that it is reasonably safe for people to access it. This includes filling and patching cracks and holes and ensuring that differences in height from one section of the lot to another are gradual rather than abrupt.
Generally speaking, a property owner is not liable for injuries sustained as the result of a slip and fall on a public sidewalk located outside his or her property (property that is owned and maintained by a city or town). In some cases however, an owner may be responsible if a victim sustained an injury on a private sidewalk used only by customers coming to and from the business.
Have You Been Injured in a Slip-and-Fall Accident?
If you or a loved one were injured due to the negligence of a land-owner or manager, don’t hesitate to contact one of our experienced attorneys. We will walk you through the details of your claim and help you to get the compensation that you deserve.
*The above is not to be considered as legal advice. Every case is different and the laws which apply may differ from state to state.
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