A slip and fall accident can cause serious injuries and harm for victims. Because injured victims may be left facing damages they do not know what to do about, they should be familiar with the premises liability legal options available to help them.
Premises liability is the area of the law that protects victims who have been injured on another’s property such as in a slip and fall accident. Victims of slip and fall accidents need to know who may be held accountable for the damages and harm they have suffered. When on another person’s property, there is a reasonable expectation of safety and property owners and possessors have a duty to keep their property in safe condition.
Victims who are injured by a dangerous or hazardous property condition may have a claim for damages against the property owner or possessor if they have suffered injury on their property. In general, property owners have a duty to keep their property safe from dangerous or hazardous conditions and may be liable if they knew of a dangerous or hazardous property condition, or should have known of it, but failed to correct it or warn the victim of the danger.
In circumstances of a retail store or mall, the owner or possessor of the property must have known about a spill or other dangerous property condition, or should have known of it, and failed to do anything to correct it. In addition, to be liable, a reasonable person standard is used to determine if the property owner or possessor would have known of the hazardous condition and would have corrected it.
When victims of a slip and fall accident have suffered medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages, a personal injury claim for damages may help them recover compensation for the losses they have suffered and is a remedy they should be familiar with.