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Proving Liability In A Slip And Fall Accident

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If you have found yourself injured because of a slip and fall, you may be wondering what your options are when it comes to seeking compensation for those injuries. Certainly you should be able to receive something, especially money to pay for any medical bills that have arisen from your injury. Even if you find yourself out of work because the injury has prevented you from doing your job, you'll want to look for compensation that will help you when you're not receiving a pay check. Here is an overview on suing due to a slip and fall accident, and what you can expect during the process.

Proving Liability

In order for you to be able to win your case, you will have to prove that you did not cause yourself to fall and become injured, but rather the property owner caused the scenario that caused your injury.

If you fell on a sidewalk after a winter storm, you'll have to prove that the property owner failed to clear the walkway and make it safe for individuals to pass by. If you fell while grocery shopping, you'll need to prove that the grocery store owner or manager did not take the necessary steps to keep the aisle free and clear of dirt and debris. However, proving these things can be difficult, so you'll want to utilize the services of an experienced slip and fall attorney.

Reasonable Efforts to Maintain Property

When determining liability, you'll need to prove that the owner of the property did not take reasonable efforts to keep the property safe. Also, you will also need to show that your actions did not somehow contribute to your fall and subsequent injury.

For example, there may have been a rug that was torn and caused you to trip and fall. If there's a way to show that the rug had been torn for some time, but the property owner failed to recognize that danger and take preventative measures, then liability can be determined.

However, if there was a wet floor in a store, and a sign clearly warning patrons of the danger was posted, and for whatever reason you decided to run across that area of the floor, then it may be determined that the property owner did take reasonable steps to warn it's customers of the dangers, but your own actions contributed to your falling and injuring yourself.

Contact a slip and fall attorney for help with your own individual situation. 


3 December 2014