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“Slip and fall” accidents refer to situations where a person is injured by slipping or tripping and suffering an injury in a fall due to a dangerous condition on the premises. These falls can happen inside or outside a building. They can be caused by bad flooring, wet floors, poorly lighted steps, or, in the case of outdoor accidents, weather-related or hidden hazards.
For instance, an icy patch outside a door, a crack, or pothole can be the cause of a slip and fall accident in a parking lot.
“Premises liability” is an area of the law referring to situations where a property owner or manager may be responsible for the harm suffered by someone on the property. It refers to many different situations. For example, if you slip and hurt yourself while in a store, depending on the circumstances the owner or occupier of the space may be required to pay for your medical bills and other losses. It all depends on the conduct (or lack of conduct) on the part of the defendant.
In some states, the landowner’s duty to protect an entrant on the land depends on whether that person is a trespasser, a licensee, or a business invitee.
The law organizes these factors by classification of the plaintiff when injured on the property and by what specifically caused the harm. Meeting with a personal injury attorney is important when figuring out if you have legal recourse after being injured on property owned by another.
Negligence law covers all slip and fall accidents. Property owners have a duty of care to see that their property is safe. This includes ensuring that the building has no structural defects, inside or outside, that could cause an accident. In some states, the property owner may also have a duty to reduce the problem areas caused by weather—like standing water and icy spots.