If you slip and fall in a house where the owner failed to take appropriate precautions or correct a problem that led to the accident, the owner should be legally responsible for your injuries.
Examples of Slip and Fall Accident
A property owner should be to blame if the accident happened on the ground under these conditions:
Failing to provide adequate warnings, such as signs, that the floor is being cleaned and is still wet or damp;
Using an excessive amount of wax or polish;
Applying wax or polish unevenly;
Treating a part of a floor and leaving a part untreated, so that the change in conditions causes a slip and fall;
If the owner knew or should have known about a stairway condition, liability may arise when:
One or more steps are worn and rounded;
Debris, such as trash, pieces of paper, dirt, gum, etc., is present on the stairs;
The stairs have been waxed or polished, and the stair materials lack a non-skid surface;
A handrail is missing or broken.
Slip and fall accidents can occur on escalators and elevators when there are unexpected, sudden movements or “jerks” in the machinery, or when articles of clothing, footwear, fingers, hands, or feet are caught in various parts of an escalator or elevator. Property owners are responsible for maintaining their escalators and elevators so that they operate safely.
Slip and Fall Lawsuits
People often get injured after a slip and fall accident. A lawsuit can allow victims of a slip and fall accident to receive compensation for any medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering they endured. However, slip and fall lawsuits are often complicated affairs, involving expert witnesses and medical evidence. Before moving forward with a claim, it’s typically a good idea to contact an experienced attorney for a free initial case evaluation.