Because of the reasonable expectation of safety on another person’s property, premises liability laws are in place to protect victims injured because of a dangerous or defective property condition. Premises liability law protects victims injured in slip and fall accidents and other accidents related to a dangerous or defective property condition.
Dangerous conditions can include uneven flooring or carpeting; poor lighting; poor security; or a wet floor. Wet floors in a store or restaurant can lead to a slip and fall accident. In the winter, slip and fall accidents can take place on snow and ice. Trip and fall accidents can also cause injuries to victims. Victims of slip and fall accidents can suffer a variety of injuries and damages including physical, financial and emotional injuries.
In general, to be liable to the victim for their injuries the property owner must be aware of the dangerous property condition and fail to remedy it or fail to warn the victim of the dangerous property condition. In addition, the dangerous property condition must present an unreasonable risk of harm and the dangerous property condition was one the victim could not have anticipated in the circumstances. Even if the dangerous property condition was not known to the property owner, if it existed for a period of time the court may determine that the property owner should have known.
Victims of a slip and fall accident are protected by premises liability law that may help them recover compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages. A personal injury claim for damages can help victims recover the compensation they need to help with the healing and recovery process.