Property owners have a duty to maintain safe properties for customers, and visitors and to effectively warn people of any possible dangers.
The key to slip and fall accident cases is to effectively prove that the property owner was negligent and caused the injury. This can be accomplished by proving any of the following:
- The property was in a dangerous condition;
- The owner knew, or reasonably should have known, of the dangerous condition;
- The owner had a reasonable opportunity to identify and correct the dangerous condition;
- He or she caused the unsafe condition, such as spilling liquid and not mopping it up;
- He or she knew about the dangerous condition but did not take steps to correct it;
- The owner failed to adequately warn of the dangerous condition;
There are numerous types of premises liability cases, such as:
- Inadequate security (i.e., lights, surveillance) resulting in a preventable assault by a third party;
- Pool drownings;
- Slip and fall accidents;
- Products falling off of shelves at a store;
- Uneven walkways;
- Pot holes;
- Entrances or exits from a building that violates codes;
- Poor maintenance of a property.
If you have suffered a premises liability injury, you should first report the accident to the property owner, gather information of any eyewitnesses, and take pictures of the location.