Most of us at some point in our lives have visited a fast food establishment to satisfy a craving or two. As customers, many of us simply want to get the meal, drink, sit, enjoy it and leave. No one ever expects such a simple visit to a fast food establishment to turn into an unexpected slip and fall accident with injuries. However, there are cases where a customer has been injured at such an establishment because the property owner failed to keep the premises free of recognized hazards, such as a slippery floor.
Generally speaking most people expect the premises they are visiting such as a shopping center, store, restaurants, a friend home or apartment complex to be fairly safe. However, what many people may not realize is that if the property owner fails to take steps to keep their place free of hazardous or dangerous property conditions such as not fixing a broken step, not cleaning up a slippery floor or not addressing known security issues on one's property then that property owner may be liable for any injuries that may result directly because of the hazard the dangerous condition posed.
Connecticut residents may find it interesting to learn that, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, slips, trips and falls are the second leading cause of injury and are a major cause of workplace injuries. In fact, they account for nearly 15% of all accidents. Furthermore, according to the National Safety County, approximately 25,000 slip, trip and fall accidents happen in the U.S. every day.
The very first question that comes to mind in a premises liability case is who created the hazardous or unsafe condition which resulted in harm, and what obligations that person or persons had to ensure that the premises were maintained free of the hazardous condition? The answer in most cases is that it depends on the situation.