A “slip & fall" or “trip & fall" injury refers to any injury, including death, that happens when someone trips, slips, or falls as a result of a dangerous or hazardous condition on someone else’s property. Such personal injuries can happen almost anywhere. They can happen in a parking lot, a grocery store, a car repair shop, someone else’s home or in a public area. If you, or a loved one, have been injured on someone else’s property and the injury is a result of a dangerous condition, then the landowner or business owner may be liable for your injuries. However, in order to prevail on a claim for negligence as a result of such a condition, the injured party must generally prove that the business owner or landowner knew or should have known about the dangerous or hazardous condition and that they failed to make it safe, correct the problem, or warn others of this dangerous condition.
Some of the common situations that may lead to such an injury are:
- Water or ice on the ground
- Oil in a parking lot
- Dropped produce in the market
- Poor lighting
- Uneven or damaged flooring
- Hidden hazards like hard-to-see holes in the ground
- Spills from damaged containers
- Improperly stacked merchandise
- Lack of adequate warning signs
There are also times when a homeowner, landowner, or business owner should have used their common sense to take proper precautions to stop the dangerous condition before it even occurred. As with any accident, when such an premises liability injury occurs, medical bills usually will grow quickly and dealing with the business can be a large headache.