What protections are available after a slip and fall accident?

Falling incidents can be unexpected and result in serious physical, financial and emotional harm for victims. Victims may wonder what protections are available to them if they have been harmed in a slip and fall accident. In general, when a victim has slipped or tripped on a property owner’s premises and the owner failed to take the proper precautions to correct the dangerous property condition or warn of the dangerous condition, they may be liable to the victim for the damages suffered as a result.

Property owners may be liable for harm that results from a wet floor other dangerous or hazardous property condition in circumstances when they fail to provide adequate warnings, such as wet floor signage, of the hazardous property condition; when they fail to property restrict or close off the area where the dangerous property condition exists with barriers; when they use an excessive amount of wax, polish or other product on the floors; when they apply an uneven amount of wax, polish or other product on the floor; when they create an uneven condition on the floor and in other circumstances as well.

Property owners may also be liable for poorly maintained carpeting, rugs or mats that create an unsafe condition for those on their property. In addition, property owners may be liable for harm that results because of hazardous or dangerous stairway conditions that the property owner was aware of, or should have been aware of, and failed to correct or provide warnings concerning. Victims of slip and fall accidents can suffer serious harm that can result in debilitating injuries.

When the victim of a slip and fall accident suffers medical expenses, an inability to work related to their injuries and the emotional harm associated with a serious injury and its aftermath, it is important for them to be familiar with the legal protections available to them. Legal remedies may allow them to recover compensation to help with the costs and losses they have suffered because of an unsafe property condition.

Source: Injury.findlaw.com, “Indoor Slip and Fall Accident Conditions,” Accessed May 9, 2017

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