Slip and Fall FAQs
"Slip and Fall" refers to incidents where someone falls, slips or trips as a result of unsafe conditions. These include abrupt changes in flooring, poor lighting, etc. If you have slipped and fell, contact the Law Office of B. Joseph Davis for a free initial consultation.
- What is a Slip and Fall Injury?
- When is a property owner liable?
- When is the property owner not liable?
- What about slip and fall accidents on federal property?
What is a Slip and Fall Injury?
A "slip and fall" personal injury simply refers to someone who is injured as a result of slipping or tripping due to slippery, wet, or uneven surfaces. If a slip and fall occurs on someone else's property, the owner of that property may be liable legally to assist with expenses resulting from the person's injury.
When is a property owner liable?
Property owners aren't always legally liable for slip and fall accidents on their property. If the slip and fall was caused by unsafe conditions (something spilled and wasn't cleaned up, a hole dug into the ground without a warning sign, etc.) the property owner may be liable. Also taken into consideration is whether the property owner knew about the problem, but did not take steps to prevent harm.
In general, the court considers how long the unsafe condition existed and whether the property owner had adequate time to remedy the unsafe conditions. The court might also take into consideration whether or the carelessness of the injured party had a part in the accident.
When is the property owner not liable?
Property owners usually have a lower responsibility for slip and fall accidents by people who are trespassers on the property. (Children may be an exception to this rule as they generally don't perceive danger as adults do.)
What about slip and fall accidents on federal property?
Slip and fall accidents on public or government property (such as parks) are handled a little differently. Injuries occurring on government or public land may be handled by the Federal Tort Claims Act or similar state tort claim acts. If you would like more information on this, contact the Law Office of B. Joseph Davis for a free initial consultation.