While many people understand that a legal claim may be possible after a serious slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident, they do not know the specific laws involved and what constitutes a valid claim. Many clients who I have represented know only where they were injured, but they do not know the actual cause or who should be held liable. It is important to speak with a qualified, experienced lawyer who can properly assess the situation and explain your rights.
Property owners are responsible for maintaining safe conditions on their properties, but that responsibility is not an absolute one. It depends on the use of the property and who can be expected to be on the property. Occupier’s liability is a nuanced area of the law, and there are many issues that need to be addressed. David Bellamy has successfully handled cases arising from falls, accidents in stores, restaurants, patio decks and other injuries on dangerous property.
Common causes of slip-and-fall accidents and other accidents on premises include:
- •Trips on floor mats and rugs;
- •Poor lighting;
- •Slippery floors caused by spills;
- •Defective Stairs;
- •Broken interior and exterior steps;
- •Cracked or broken sidewalks;
- •Worn carpeting and floor boards; and
- •Patios and decks.
It is important to know whether such defective or unsafe conditions were longstanding problems, what the property owner knew about or should have known about, and what steps, if any, were being taken to correct the problems.