Slip and Fall
Slip and fall accident cases are personal injury cases which occur when injury is caused when a person slips and falls as a result of a hazardous or dangerous condition on someone else's property. Slip and fall accidents can occur on anyone’s property. No matter where they happen, all property and building owners have a certain duty of care to make sure their property is safe.
Slip and fall cases are negligence cases. To win a slip and fall case, an injured victim has to prove either that the defendant created the hazard that led to the accident or that the defendant knew or should have known about the danger and should have had it removed or repaired.
Structural damages to a building, often due to age or wear and tear, can be a significant cause of injury. Uneven steps, parking lot potholes, cracked sidewalks, broken tiles, or torn carpeting can create dangerous situations for visitors to a building. As noted earlier, to prove negligence, we will have to prove that the property owner knew or should have known about the problem and failed to repair it.
Building owners must ensure that the building's structure is in compliance with applicable building codes. If you fall because of a defect in a building, and that defect is a building code violation, you may have a valid claim against the building owner for violating building codes.
Be aware that in slip and fall cases, comparative negligence applies. As a guest on someone else's property, you are expected to exercise reasonable judgment and caution.