Slip and Fall Accident Claims and Other Premises Liability Cases



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A slip and fall accident is a particular type of personal injury, or tort case. If a person trips, falls and is injured on someone else's property, there's a chance a lawsuit will be filed and damages awarded.

These types of cases are built on premises liability, as they're carried out against the owner of a commercial or residential property.


The two main elements for determining fault in a premises liability claim are:

1. Whether or not the property owner acted reasonably to prevent a dangerous condition, and

2. Whether or not the injured party was exceedingly careless.

The initial investigation should determine if the cause of the accident was due to a pre-existing dangerous condition, and if it could have been prevented by owner action.

Whether or not the injured person could have anticipated the hazards of the area from prior conditions is also important - this is the "avoidance of obvious danger" element.

For the injured person to have a strong case, the owner of the property must have known about the hazardous condition and been negligent in remedying it. The hazard must have been present long enough for the owner to have had ample time to remedy the problem before the accident occurred.

Most slip and fall accident and premises liability cases hinge on whether the property owner knew there was a hazard before someone got injured, and was not sufficiently diligent in remedying it. Rarely, the injured party can cite that an owner was in violation of a relevant statute or code relating to the case (ex. improper distance between steps in a stairway).

Here's a breakdown of the most common property and business liability case types and injury scenarios. Find your specific case and learn how to determine liability and get compensation for your damages.

Premises Liability Case Types


Business Liability for Injuries

If you've been injured on business property due to owner or employee negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Start with an overview of all business insurance claims, then learn more about the different types of business liability scenarios.

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Retail Stores Department/Clothing Stores
Gyms/Fitness Centers Shopping Malls
Supermarkets Churches/Synagogues
Beauty Salons Gas Stations
Tattoo Parlors

Entertainment and Hospitality Businesses

Restaurants Casinos
Bars and Nightclubs Amusement Parks
Hotels/Resorts Haunted Houses

Residential Injuries in Homes and Apartments

Homeowners insurance can be confusing. People often don't know what their policy does and doesn't cover, or how to file an insurance claim when injured. These pages will help. First, get an overview of homeowners claims, then read about different injury circumstances in the home.

woman falls in home and injures arm
Injured Yourself in an Accident at Home
"Off the Books" Work Injuries
Coverage Specifics for Homeowners
Apartment Buildings & Other Rentals
Landlord Problems/Disputes

Injuries in Other Locations

People get injured in all sorts of places and circumstances. Often it's difficult to know what to do or who to go to with an injury claim. We've addressed some of the most common locations where people suffer injuries due to the negligence of others.

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Parking Lots or Garages
Sidewalks and Walkways
Public or Government Property
Jail Conditions and Prison Injuries
Drug Rehab Centers

Dangerous Conditions and Other Causes of Injuries

It's an owner's responsibility to keep their property free from dangers. If you've been injured due to a dangerous condition, or an owner or employee's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Here are some of the most common dangers causing visitor injuries.

woman falls on icy walkway
Accumulated Ice or Snow
No Wet Floor Signs
Dangerous Stairways
Employee Negligence

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