Accidents can happen anywhere and at any time. Slip and fall accidents are one of causes of personal injury claims. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over one million Americans suffer a slip, trip, and fall injury every year.
“Premises liability” is a term that describes the responsibility that a property owner has for accidents or injuries that occur on the property, including slip, trip, or fall accidents. There have been cases in which the property owner was aware that a danger or hazardous condition existed, but failed to fix it; or the property owner should have known about the problem since a reasonable person would have discovered it and taken action to prevent an accident.
Business owners or any property owner have a responsibility to ensure that their properties are safe for visitors or guests. A few examples of conditions that may lead to liability include:
- Hazardous stairways
- Objects on the ground
- Slippery floors
- Uneven ground (cracked or broken sidewalks)
Keep in mind that these types of cases require a great deal of investigation due to the nature of the accident. You must prove that the owner of the property was well aware of the hazard prior to the incident and that this hazard did indeed cause injury to you.
Have you been involved in a slip and fall accident or have any questions about a personal injury case? At O’Bryan Law we help people who have suffered an injury due to negligence. Call us at (804) 643-4343 for a free consultation.