Slip And Fall Accidents: When Is The Property Owner Held Accountable?

Slip And Fall Accidents: When Is The Property Owner Held Accountable?

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July 05, 2016
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Slip and fall accidents can lead to serious injury that impacts your entire life. What may seem like a simple problem can actually lead to hefty doctor bills and lost wages. When these type of accidents happen, it is important to determine the responsibility of the property owner and whether or not their actions (or lack of action) contributed to the incident.

However, these types of cases are not exactly clear cut. There are certainly points of the case that must be proven in order for the claim to even reach a courtroom. Here, we will discuss what has to be included in a slip and fall claim and at what point a property owner should be held accountable.

Four Points of a Slip and Fall Accident

While each case is unique, generally speaking there are four points that each claim must determine before it can be successfully heard in a courtroom.

  • Injury – There should be proof of an actual injury that occurred due to the slip and fall incident. In many cases, it is necessary to provide proof from a medical professional of the injuries that were sustained.
  • Cause – There needs to be proof that there was a dangerous condition that caused the incident to occur.
  • Negligence – It should be proven that under reasonable conditions, an owner should be aware that dangerous conditions were present on the property. In the event that a repair was being made to remedy a dangerous situation, the property owner is also required to provide proper notice to help people avoid potential injury. However, in some instance, a property owner is not required to immediately repair an issue. This can become a gray area when trying to determine how long a dangerous situation has existed on a particular property.
  • Purpose – In court, it is important to establish what the individual’s purpose on the property actually was. For instance, if a person is visiting a public place that is frequented by customers, then it is fair to assume that a property owner should be more sensitive to maintaining safe conditions. However, if a business does not normally have customers on the property, then they may not be held responsible. However, in the state of Michigan, the property owner may still be held responsibility, even in the event of trespassing, if the injury happens to a child.

In the end, these are the points that will come up in court. It is important to establish a strategy that focuses on explaining these core elements so that the case is strong and the appropriate people are held responsible.

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Have you been involved in a slip and fall accident? You deserve to know your rights. If you are located in Flint, Michigan and need a personal injury attorney, turn to the law offices of Nickola. Allow our years of experience to work for your case. Contact the law offices today for a consultation and to discuss options for your defense strategy.


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