Slip and Falls

Slip and Falls

Often, injuries arise because of a fall on some one's property. If the property owner and/or tenant were negligent in the maintenance of the property, they may be liable for your injuries. The owner/tenant is responsible to assure that the property is kept in a reasonably safe condition. On outside property, that would include keeping stairways, walkways, parking lots, driveways and other areas open to the public well lighted and clear of ice, snow, potholes or uneven surfaces that may present a tripping danger.

For inside areas, the owner/tenant is charged with a duty to keep the premises free of spills or debris that could present a slipping hazard. Also, stairs should be constructed with evenly spaced treads, provide handrails and be adequately illuminated. If the circumstances of your fall indicate the owner/tenant did not keep the premises in reasonable safe condition, they can be legally obligated for medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and perhaps other forms of damage you have incurred.

However, there are important exceptions. For example, in snow and ice cases, the law generally will not impose liability for problems arising while a storm is still under way. In other words, the owner is given a reasonable opportunity to correct a condition after the weather event causing the problem has passed. Because of the complex rules governing the many different types of fall injuries, it is best to contact one of our lawyers to discuss your rights and remedies.