"Watch Where You're Going" Isn't Always The End Of The Story

Oftentimes it can difficult to determine fault after a slip-and-fall accident. However, if it can be shown that the property owner did not take proper precautions or take necessary safety steps, the victim may be entitled to compensation.

If you've had a slip-and-fall accident on someone else's property, do you know the laws that are in place to protect you and help recover related expenses? Before you label yourself as clumsy or careless, be sure to understand the measures that have been put in place to protect you. There are many circumstances that fall strictly under the property owner's responsibility.

The following are scenarios for which property owners maintain some responsibility:

  • Snow and ice removal. Property owners are responsible for removing snow and ice. If someone experiences a fall because of negligence in this area, they may be entitled to compensation for injury-related expenses.
  • Anything that people may be able to trip over. Items such as rugs, loose floorboards and items carelessly left out are the responsibility of the business owner, and could result in the business owner having to cover expenses of the person who was injured.
  • Standing water or leaking water. If someone falls as a result of water that has dripped and frozen or water that has pooled, the business owner may shoulder responsibility.
  • Slippery floors. Slippery surfaces may fall under the responsibility of the property owner. Property owners maintain strict responsibility to make sure maintenance is taken care of and spills are promptly cleaned up. A spill that is an "accident" would still be the responsibility of the property owner if someone were to fall.
  • Poor lighting or burned-out lights. If there is an accident as a result of poorly lit areas or lights that have burned out, it is not the fault of the injured person.
  • Code violations. This is a simple one. If a business is in violation of any code and an accident occurs because of it, the business owner will be held solely responsible. If you are unsure if your accident involved a code violation, consult with a lawyer.

If you have questions about liability in a slip-and-fall accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer who can help defend your rights and secure compensation for your recovery.