Slip-and-fall accidents can cause painful, complicated injuries that require costly medical treatment. A slip-and-fall injury is an injury caused when you slipped and fell on property belonging to another person.
Depending on the circumstances of your slip-and-fall, the property owner or landlord may be at fault for your injuries.
What is negligence?
In a negligence claim, the injured party will claim that a person owed them a duty of care, breached that duty and that their injuries occurred as a result of that breach of duty. Not every injury that happens on someone else’s property is the result of negligence.
What is premises liability?
Premises liability involves a legal claim that unsafe or defective conditions of real property and not a negligent action caused a person’s injuries. A property owner is negligent when they knew, or should have known, about an unsafe condition and did nothing to fix the situation. Wet floors, broken stairs or uneven floors could lead to premises liability claims if the hazards were not remedied within a reasonable amount of time. Property owners, or those who maintain the property, may be responsible for any injuries that would not have happened had the conditions been safely maintained.
If you intend to sue your landlord or the property owner for your slip-and-fall injuries, take photos and videos of the unsafe conditions that led to your fall as soon as possible. When they learn of your injury, they will likely try to fix the conditions. This will make things safer for others but may make it difficult for you to prove the extent of the unsafe conditions.