Slip and fall accidents can be dangerous for victims during the winter but also year round. Slip and fall accidents can happen in stores, restaurant, shopping malls, parking lots and in other places as well. Because of the potential severity of slip and fall accidents, injured victims should be familiar with the legal resources available to help protect them when injured.
Legal liability for slip and fall accidents
There are several circumstances when the owner or possessor of property may be liable for a slip and fall accident that occurs on property when they know of a dangerous property condition on property they own or possess including:
- The owner or possessor of the property created the dangerous property condition;
- The owner or possessor of the property knew of the dangerous property condition and failed to correct it; or
- The dangerous property condition existed for such a length of time that the owner or possessor or property should have discovered and corrected the dangerous property condition prior to the slip and fall accident that injured the victim.
Examples of dangerous property conditions can include spills in the aisle of a store; a slick parking lot or an uneven sidewalk or walkway. Other dangerous property conditions are also possible and are not limited to these examples. Victims of slip and fall accidents may suffer serious unexpected injuries. Their injuries may result in medical and emotional damages that require compensation. A personal injury claim for damages against the negligent property owner or possessor may be able to help the victim receive compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages suffered as a result of the slip and fall accident.