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Premises Liability and Slip and Fall Accidents

Posted by on Apr 2, 2017 in Slip and Fall Accidents | 0 comments

Premises Liability and Slip and Fall Accidents

You are casually walking on a mall when you suddenly slip because of a wet spot on the floor. You end up falling and breaking your arm. If this or something similar has happened, you may have a legitimate lawsuit in the making.

Premises liability is the concept of property owners being legally obligated to make sure that their properties are safe for others. This can be particularly important if the properties are open to the public, such as malls.

One of the most common premises liability claims involve slip and fall accidents, wherein a person in the property has slipped because of a dangerous condition and has fallen to a surface, possibly injuring them. Such accidents can happen anywhere, whether indoors or outdoors.

For indoors, there are a lot of dangerous conditions that may trigger such accidents. The most common are slippery substances, like spilled drinks, inadequate floor waxing products, and leaks from air conditioners and pipes. But it is not unheard of to have slip and fall accidents because of defective escalators and elevators, debris and trash, and carpets and rugs.

For outdoors, the dangers of slip and fall accidents are often associated with poor maintenance. For example, if a property owner does not clean his sidewalk, passersby may slip and fall because of accumulated rainwater, ice, snow, and even leaves. Cracks, potholes, uneven surfaces, and poor lighting conditions are common causes of slips and falls as well.

According to the website of Mazin & Associates, PC, those who have been injured in slip and fall accidents because of the negligence of property owners may get compensation.

Typically, there are certain variables that need to be passed for slip and fall accidents to be viable premises liability claims. It should be proven that the dangerous condition has been caused by the property owner, that the condition has been there long enough for the property owner to see and fix it, and that the condition has led to an accident and injury.

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