If you are injured due to a slip (or trip) and fall on another person’s property, you may very well have a claim against the owner of that property. However, it is important to know that you do not automatically have a claim simply because you fell on a person’s property. In order to make a successful claim, you will have to prove that the property owner (or person in control of the property) was negligent.
In my 28 years of practicing law, I have handled many types of these cases, including injuries that occurred at sporting events, entertainment venues, malls, offices, restaurants, retail stores, and hotels. There are issues that must be determined when investigating these claims.
First, what was the client’s status on the property? In other words, was the client invited onto the property or were they uninvited guests or perhaps even a trespasser? There are different legal duties owed to a person depending on why they were on the property. An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to answer this question.
Second, it must be determined whether the property owner was negligent by failing to keep the property in a reasonably safe condition. This analysis can involve many factors, such as how long the dangerous condition existed, whether the owner created the condition or allowed it to exist, and whether the owner took reasonable precautions to make sure the property was safe.
Nowadays, it is common for stores and other public places to have video cameras.These devices often record slip and falls which occur on the property. It is important for your lawyer to immediately request all recordings and make sure the video is not destroyed. This can be the most valuable evidence you have in proving the owner was negligent.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall, call me for a free consultation and get honest answers to your legal questions. I have handled hundreds of these claims and can help you protect your rights and recover fair compensation for your injuries.